KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Weight loss and diabetes

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Justin Green was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2016. At the time, he weighed nearly 400 lbs (WKEF/WRGT)

KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Weight loss can be very difficult, especially if you have a lot of pounds to lose, but the payoff is worth it. A young man FOX 45’s Deborah Linz spoke to for her Keeping Families Safe report proves exactly that.

Justin Green was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2016. At the time, he weighed nearly 400 lbs. Since then he’s lost 120 lbs, with his doctor recommending being more active and changing his diet. But, Justin’s lifestyle changes didn’t come easily.

“I probably eat less than a quarter of what I used to. Nothing fried, raw vegetables,” Justin said.

“We always encourage diabetics to reduce calories and carb intake,” Dr Omotayo Akinmad said, “but also only eat when they have to when they’re hungry. It’s overeating that leads to an uncontrolled blood sugar.”

Justin said his weight loss has improved his overall health, and he no longer has to take medication or check his blood sugar.

“The diagnosis was technically reversed but I consider myself a non-practicing diabetic,” Dr. Akinmad said. “It’s not uncommon for patients who are very well motivated who have lost significant weight and have change their lifestyle to have a reversal in their blood sugar.”

Justin’s advice for anyone trying to manage their diabetes is to never give up.

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KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Weight loss and diabetes

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