Spotlight on Health: Diabetes, DeAnn Cross

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My name is DeAnn Cross, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in July 2016. I wanted to learn more about diabetes and how to manage it so I took the Diabetes Self Management classes to get control of my diabetes.

I learned about the program where I work for the Health Dept and my mom, who is also a diabetic went and encouraged me to go to these classes.

I learned a lot from the program, the most important thing was how to count your carbs and how much carbs I am allowed to eat each day to maintain my glucose levels. I also learned that I can eat whatever I want I just have to learn to substitute carbs in a meal to have that piece a cake every once in awhile.

The program changed by life tremendously, I have lost 12 lbs in 3 months by counting my carbs daily and keeping a food dairy. My A1C went from 7.2 to 6.3 within that 3 months and my doctor was very pleased with my results.

If you have been diagnose with diabetes, you need to take a Diabetes Self Management Class to understand what diabetes is and what it can do to your body and how important it is to manage your diabetes.

When I was diagnosed with diabetes I got depressed but going to these classes made me realized it isn’t the end of the world just because you have this chronic illness. You need to eat the right amount of foods, exercise and manage your diabetes because once you body start showing symptoms of problems from diabetes, it is too late to change, and that is why it is very important to take care of yourself from the beginning to live a long, healthy life.