Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

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OGTT Sketch

In OGTT Screening on February 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Some drink the Glucola solemnly, obediently. It’s unclear whether they know the full extent to which we are testing their health status this morning. Others seem somewhat nervous, and still others chat away cheerfully until their name is called for the needle and flat orange sugar drink event.

The kids are restless, sucking on the backs of chairs as they watch the phlebotomy, or any sign of movement in the room.

The best is the tough guy with the mohawk. His name is called and he stays sitting, in a sheepish stand-off with the clinician’s assistant. And then, as he eventually pulls his tee shirt up over his tattooed forearm, he describes how much he hates needles.

Amazing how for style or nostalgia, an inked needle is welcome! And for an oral glucose tolerance test, it is so thoroughly resisted.

And yet resistant or not, bored or cheerful, nervous or curious, the 21 adults and their families present today will leave here with knowledge of diabetes, their risk, and some implementable-tools for improving the quality of their health. Cheers to them!

Tatoo!

OGTT!

Diabetes Prevention Programs: Not a One-Hit-Wonder

In About the Program on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This morning, traditional irrigation was replaced by gardeners’ tears. It’s no secret that around these parts, people’s lives are tough. That their stories are not surprising, however, doesn’t make them any less disturbing. It seems as though the garden fosters candor rarely found outside the doctor’s office. Tearing out dead hot pepper plants, Mirabelle was through suppressing her tears; a son unjustly incarcerated, a mother crippled by diabetes, and a friends’ children wondering where their recently deceased father has gone.

Being the Communications Manager for the Diabetes Prevention Program, my attention was momentarily diverted when she expressed her dismay at the 4 year old’s weight. Her recently deceased friend left behind a wife, 4-year old boy, and 10-year old girl. At the funeral, the boy was hungry. Mirabelle’s funeral pictures revealed the grave, the family in mourning, and the boy at work on a monumental sandwich. ‘Solo come, Rebecca. Esta engordando mucho.’ He only eats, Rebecca. He’s gaining a lot of weight.

In other words, diabetes is complex. The disease is bred from the full spectrum of life’s challenges. Diabetes prevention, therefore, is equally complex. It does not – it cannot – stop at exercise, nutrition, or gardening classes.

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