Losing weight, preventing diabetes

NMC class drops 127 lbs. together

Elaine Ezerins

By Elaine Ezerins

Staff Writer

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ST. ALBANS — In four months, the 10 community members participating in YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program lost a collective 127.4 pounds, according to Debbie Robertson, a certified wellness coach.

Facilitated through Northwestern Medical Center’s (NMC) Lifestyle Medicine clinic, the program is designed to help those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing enough weight to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

The current class at NMC began at the end of March, with weekly one-hour sessions focusing on teaching participants about healthier eating and other behavior changes. The goals of the program are for participants to reduce their body weight by seven percent and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

The last session was Wednesday, where participants were weighed to determine total weight loss over the four-month period. But the class doesn’t stop there. The participants still have eight monthly sessions to attend, the sessions designed to provide support while participants work to maintain their progress.

Wednesday, participants discussed their journeys thus far and the success they’ve seen with this program, in comparison to others tried.

“I just lost my husband a year and a half ago, so the stress…” Lise Dexter, 65, of Highgate Springs trailed off. “I wasn’t really taking care of myself like I should have.”

The effects of this came to light during a doctor’s visit in January. There, Dexter weighed in at 171 pounds, had high blood pressure and was diagnosed pre-diabetic.

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  • Patricia

    Losing weight is good. In July of 2016. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW EVER I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..

  • Mike in VT

    Losing weight alone is not enough to effectively treat and/or prevent diabetes. It’s now been proven (after first being discovered in the 1939) that sugar and carbs do not cause diabetes, but the consumption of animal fats that do. These specific fats bind to cells in a way that prohibit proper digestion and burning of sugars. Hopefully the “healthy eating” that the writer spoke of is a diet void of animal products.