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Patient Stories

Every year, nearly 2 million people hear the words, “You have diabetes.” Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes might feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper treatment and management, people with diabetes can reduce the risk of complications and live long, healthy lives.

Lancaster General Health helps people learn to live with diabetes every day. With resources like LG Health Physicians Diabetes & Endocrinology, the Diabetes & Nutrition Center and a robust Diabetes Online Community, we offer access to health care services and tools for making positive lifestyle changes. You can read some of our success stories here.

Joe Diaz

Joe Diaz was diagnosed with diabetes in 2004. His physician referred him to the Diabetes and Nutrition Center where he met with a dietitian who helped him understand how to test his blood sugar levels and change his diet. Joe started going to the gym for exercise, but did little to change his diet as he felt fine. Joe’s wife, Maria was frustrated and repeatedly reminded Joe to eat healthier, but he was unmotivated to make changes until his health began to deteriorate. That was his wake-up call.

Joe returned to the Diabetes and Nutrition Center and worked diligently with his dietitian to develop a diet plan for his diet. He learned to read food labels and pay attention to his sodium intake. This time he listened and acted.

Today Joe has lost weight and dropped one pant size, his sugar levels are normal, and his blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels. And best of all, Joe has taken charge of his own health.

Ellen Morse

Ellen Morse was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on April 1, 2012 – no joke. A fasting blood test, part of her physical with her family doctor, indicated her blood sugar was high. Further testing revealed she had diabetes. Ellen discuss her treatment plan with her doctor and decided to manage her diabetes through lifestyle changes.

She knew she needed all the help she could get, and worked with her doctor to find support through the Diabetes and Nutrition Center. There, she scheduled classes with diabetes educators. "They were great communicators, well trained and they shared a wealth of information” said Ellen. “I learned I was not alone and would always have someone to answer my questions. Such a great resource right here in Lancaster County. I now know I can do this!"

Ellen goes to the gym regularly and has worked with the Diabetes and Nutrition Center to develop an individualized food plan to help maintain a healthy weight and keep her blood sugar in check.

While shocked to receive the diagnosis since she was not overweight and had no family history of diabetes, Ellen was motivated to keep healthy to avoid the complications that can come with this condition. She wants to enjoy her grandchildren and her travels to the beach.

Aston Dommel

Aston Dommel was a healthy 19-year-old who ate well and worked out two hours a day. When he began to feel run down, was urinating frequently, and experiencing some cramping, he attributed it to switching shifts at work. But when Aston passed out while getting out of bed one morning, he knew it was time to see his doctor.

At his appointment, he realized he had also lost 30 pounds. His doctor immediately admitted him to the hospital. His blood sugar levels were off the charts and his ketones were elevated. It was determined Aston had diabetes.

His doctor referred him to the Diabetes and Nutrition Center where he met with a certified diabetes educator who taught him how to check his blood sugar levels, take his insulin, and to be more aware of his carbohydrate intake. When it was time to return to school at the University of Delaware, he felt confident he could manage his diabetes on his own.

Today Aston considers diabetes to be just one part of his life and doesn’t let the disease hold him back.


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