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Local Providers Help Patients with Diabetes Manage Weight

In honor of Doctor’s Day on March 30, Prowers Medical Center would like to celebrate our dedicated team of 10 fulltime providers who offer integral services to our community. Each week, you’ll meet two providers and learn about their role in caring for patients. This week the spotlight is on two members of our medical clinic team, Fidella Brown, NP, and Shari Logan, NP, both nurse practitioners.

Making a difference in people’s lives is what drives both Fidella Brown, NP and Shari Logan, NP in their work with patients at Prowers Medical Center’s Clinic. The two moved to Lamar close to four years ago to join the Clinic and offer care to the local community.

“It’s gratifying to be able to detect illness and prolong a patient’s life. That’s an amazing opportunity and a real privilege,” says Brown who adopted her philosophy of care from a former doctor who served as her mentor. “He said treat everyone as if they were your mother, your father, your grandparent, your sister, your brother and your child, and that’s what I try to do.”

Logan agrees, and adds: “The best part of my job is definitely working with patients and helping them feel their best, teaching them how to care for themselves and helping them achieve a good quality of life.”

For diabetics, weight management is especially important. That’s because extra weight makes it harder to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Plus, extra weight can add to the risk of serious complications with internal organs, including problems with your heart, kidneys, nerves, skin, eyes, and feet.

When helping diabetic patients achieve a healthy weight, the two focus on simple rules to live by rather than complicated calorie and carbohydrate counting. They believe making small changes when it comes to eating and exercising, can really add up. Here are some of the simple weight management tips they share with their patients.

Adopt a No White Diet

“This simply means don’t eat foods that are white as in white bread, white rice, noodles, tortillas, and potatoes, and instead eat whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat noodles and multigrain tortillas. The rule also applies to anything made with white flour or white sugar,” Brown says.

Give up Soda

Soda and other sugary drinks are mostly empty calories that provide zero nutrition for your body and just serve to spike your blood sugar levels and put on pounds. Replace them with sparkling water with a splash of juice, or plain water.

“This goes for energy drinks, too. People think they are good for you, but they’re not,” Logan says.

Save Desserts for Special Occasions

You can have dessert, but not every day and likely not every week. Instead, let them add to special occasions—have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, birthday cake on your birthday, and ice cream on the Fourth of July. Saying no to desserts completely might backfire, so allow them, but as Logan says, “everything in moderation.”

Treat Yourself with Something Other Than Food

“Find different ways to treat yourself. Celebrate your victories by rewarding yourself with a new item or a fun outing, like getting your nails done,” Brown says.

Exercise in Bits Rather than Full Workouts

Many people have health, work or life challenges that make it hard to devote a set half hour a day to exercise. Instead, break it up throughout the day. Getting in the habit of moving every day is what matters.

“People think exercise is getting in a leotard and going to the gym but it can be walking to the store or doing a short exercise routine or Wii program in your living room. I work with a lot of truck drivers and I say when you gas up, get out and walk around. Figure out what works for you,” Brown says.

If you have diabetes, pick one of these tips and give it a try. When you’ve mastered it, try another and before you know it, you will have adopted healthy habits for a healthier you. For an appointment to discuss weight management or another pressing health need with Fidella Brown, NP or Shari Logan, NP, call Prowers Medical Center Clinic at (719) 336-6767.


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