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Successfully Managing Diabetes

Successfully Managing Diabetes

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By: Jenn Hatcher

For some diabetics, a lifestyle change can make all the difference.  Type 2 diabetes was a diagnosis Ryan Pederson expected, "It runs deep in my family," he explains.   The 37–year–old's father and grandfather died from complications.  That's why, after his diagnoses, in June, Pederson contacted the Bryan Health Diabetes Center.  Pederson says, "If they (his father and grandfather) would have had something like this back in the day they probably would have lived a better, longer and healthier life."

Registered dietician, Jenna Mayers worked with Pederson, adjusting his diet and exercise.  Mayers says, "Overall goal was to try to improve that blood sugar to more of a controlled diabetes stage."  Pederson, who works as an athletic trainer, is down nearly 40 pounds and no longer needs oral diabetes medication.  He says, "She got me on the right track, diet, exercise, all the things you know you're suppose to do, and you just don't do it on your own."

Pederson knows diabetes never goes away and he still has to check his blood sugar, every morning.  He encourages diabetics and those diagnosed with pre diabetes to discuss how to successfully manage the disease with Bryan Health Professionals.  "Ask questions, there are things you can do so you don't get to the point I did get to," says Pederson.

More information about the Bryan Health Diabetes Center can be found at 

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