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Obesity and Diabetes: Diabetes patients are considered obese when they have a Body Mass Index over 30. Such patients are at greater risk for a host of other problems cardiovascular disease, cancer, sleep apnea, and poor quality of life. Tremendous research is being done to control, manage, and reverse obesity in diabetics and the educated healthcare professional can help.

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Senior woman exercising, taking pulse

Woman, 63 years of age, history of ovarian cancer, prediabetes, hyperlipidemia, has been trying to lose weight for years but was unable to do so. She is very family-, friend-, colleague-oriented. Every holiday she thought she had to make or bring and eat whatever special holiday food was associated with the holiday. She couldn’t let anyone down by not bringing, or by not eating what other people brought. We met weekly for the past three years. Every week there was some excuse about how or why she “cheated” or if there was a week she didn’t think she “cheated,” then she was afraid she would.

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Time Will Tell What Patient Will Do

Pin Prick Blood Test

Male, 21 years of age has class III obesity, binge eating disorder, fatty liver, and asthma, and was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It is his freshman year at a college away from home. He eats in the cafeteria, and has no refrigerator or stove in his room. He visits today after not taking metformin or GLP-1 agonist since at starting school. He is under a lot of stress and states the food at school is terrible, unhealthy, and not diabetes-friendly at all. Note, he has been taught a lower carb meal plan. He says he is not taking Glucophage or Victoza; each of them at low doses gives him terrible diarrhea. He states he checks his glucose twice a week, with fastings in the 90-100 range. He is up 10 pounds since our last visit in September.

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