Local Impact - Michigan


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

“The SDPI nutritionist showed me how to lose weight in the kitchen and better yet how to do it in the grocery store! She educated me and I can now read labels like a spy!”

I am a healthy young man of 73! That being said, my “blood draw” taken on 10/3/14 showed my A1C was in the red zone at 6.1. I was told by the nutritionist that I was now a healthy “sweet’ man of 73! Once again, my nutritionist was stepping up to the plate and educating me on the dangers of too much sugar in my diet and I needed to take some drastic steps to turn this around and do it now! More on that as this story unfolds……

Back in 2011 I suffered a heart attack, stent was implanted, weight was taken and I was sent to the gym! Weight was 233lbs. So we don’t get hung up on that, I currently weigh 210. So what happened? How did I lose 23 lbs?

On the way to the gym I met a person called a nutritionist who worked for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians at my Tribe. No way would I have lost the weight “just going to the gym.” There was no way I was going to lose that kind of weight even biking my 1-2 “thousand miles” in the spring and summer months. I didn’t know these facts before I met her, she had to drive them into me to enable me to stay on track. She showed me how to lose weight in the kitchen and better yet how to do it in the grocery store! She educated me! I can now read labels like a spy!

I saw my cardiologist in November of 2014. He called me a “poster boy”. Whoa! He was looking at the 10/3/2014 results of my blood draw and failed to see that my A1C had just moved into the “red zone” at 6.1. The good news is my nutritionist caught it immediately and hauled me in. The first thing I learned was just biking all those miles did not give me permission to eat all the energy bars, liquids, and supplements that are available on the market, which I was doing.

So back to the present, what did I do between blood draw of 10/3/14 and blood draw 1/14/2015? The results make this story worth telling. I focused on one thing and one thing alone, SUGAR CONTENT in everything we bought! The A1C has dropped below the red zone to 5.9. I have become a not so sweet poster boy!

How about the “rest of the story”?

Cholesterol was 146 now 138
Tri was 84 now 94
HDL was 52 now 49
LDL was 77 now 70
Ratio was 2.8 now 2.8
Glu was 101 now 95


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