Taking Control of Diabetes


When Gail Lewis was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in May of 2017, it came as no surprise. “I have a long family history of diabetes on my mother’s side, so I really thought it was just a matter of time,” Gail says.

But what did come as a surprise to Gail has been how a change in attitude and attention to diet has made controlling her diabetes easier than expected. “I’ve lost almost 50 pounds!” Gail says. “The Diabetes Education program at Allegan General Hospital has been so instructive in helping me change my diet. At first, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure if I could learn how to take my own blood sugar, and I thought that counting my carbohydrates was going to be confusing and time-consuming. But the diabetes education staff who taught our class made it easy to understand. I now know how to balance my meals keeping within the recommended number of carbohydrates, and I’ve learned how to cook more nutritious foods.”

Another surprise for Gail has been the weight loss achieved by her husband, Craig. “He has started to follow my example, and he’s already lost 10 pounds,” she says. “It’s great to be able to manage my diabetes and eat so healthy. And I owe it all to Allegan General Hospital.”

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