Reversing Diabetes Naturally

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Most of us know what we should do to be healthy, and yet we don’t do it. Or we’re inundated with so much information and conflicting advice that we don’t know how to apply it.

That’s the position Jaime Lockwood, a One Medical Group member, found herself in recently. As the development director for the National Farm to School Network, she knew a lot about empowering children and families to make healthy food choices. And yet she was struggling to apply those principles to her own life.

Her wake-up call came when she discovered that she was pre-diabetic. “It was pretty shocking to me. I’m only 37, and I’m not in horrible shape,” she says. “Plus, I work for an organization that’s focused on child nutrition, but I wasn’t taking my own advice.”

Lockwood agreed to help pilot the Metabolic Health and Weight Loss Program at One Medical. During National Diabetes Month, here’s what Jaime learned about diabetes prevention and how she could avoid becoming one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with the disease.

Pinpoint the Problem

Over the course of four months, Lockwood worked with health coach Shawn Casey, Mark Berman, MD, and nutritionist Samantha Treyve, MS, RD to take charge of her health and develop a personalized, sustainable action plan. “It’s a lot about awareness,” Lockwood says. “I had a lot of whole foods and greens in my diet, but I ate really quickly and I didn’t think about caloric intake.”

Make Dietary Changes

Treyve’s goal was to guide Lockwood through the process of developing a foundation of personalized health knowledge that she could build upon and use to become her own guide. Then, she could take charge of her health instead of letting her health control her.

“One of the first big changes I made was slowing down,” Lockwood explains. “Shawn and I talked a lot about savoring the taste and quality of food.” She became more conscious of what she ate as well. “My meals now consist of 50 percent greens, 25 percent protein, 20 percent slow-digesting carbs like legumes or squash, and five percent fat like nuts and olive oil.”

Pound the Pavement

The next issue to address was Lockwood’s activity levels. “Shawn and I decided on getting a FitBit and getting 12,000 to 14,000 steps per day,” Lockwood says. “The focus was on creating a lifestyle that I could maintain for the long-haul. Toward the end of the program, we realized I needed to convert more of my body mass to muscle instead of fat, so we incorporated weight training.”

Find Your “Aha!” Moment

“With all of my patients, my intention is for each patient to create their own food philosophy and lifestyle plan over time that works for them, on their terms,” Trevye said. “What was most exciting when working with Jaime was when she experienced her own ‘aha moment.’ She gained clarity when she established a deeper connection between the foods she was consuming and how she was feeling throughout her day.”

And the results spoke for themselves. “We re-did my labs, and I’d shifted my Hemoglobin A1c level. I’d shifted it out of the pre-diabetes category into normal,” Lockwood says. “And I’d shifted it completely with diet and exercise—without medicine—in just a few months.”

The Metabolic and Weight Loss Program is still in early stages, but members can take advantage of the many health care resources available through One Medical Group. Members can book nutrition appointments with Karyn Duggan, CNC, and Samantha Treyve, MS, RD.

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