Diabetes is your body’s inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. In the US, approximately 26 million people in the United States are diabetic.  When you have diabetes, being overweight raises your risk for complications such as eye, kidney and foot problems.If you already have diabetes, losing 10 to 15 pounds may help you lower your blood glucose, blood pressure, and improve your blood fats.

Paul Deen was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes over a year ago.  She said “When I first found out I was diabetic, I had no solutions. I couldn’t even help myself, much less somebody else.” By starting a diet and exercise plan that worked for their particular schedule and lifestyle, Paula Deen, her husband and two sons have lost a combined 178 lbs. Instead of giving up their famous southern food, they learned to stick to Deen’s new philosophy “moderation, moderation, moderation”.

Some helpful weight loss tips include:

  • Don’t look for a magic diet. It doesn’t exist.
  • Be ready to change your food habits (and perhaps your family’s food habits) for good. Give away the unhealthy food temptations in your kitchen.  Remember out of sight out of mind.
  • Do a physical activity self-check. How much exercise are you getting?
  • In Highlands County, join a diabetic support group; see a nutritionist for healthy weight loss meal planning.


If you have diabetes and want to start an exercise plan, follow these foot care tips to avoid diabetic foot problems:

  • Check feet and toes every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails.
  • Wear thick, soft socks avoiding blisters or other skin injuries.
  • Start exercising, such as walking and wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.
  • Over the years your foot size and shape may have changed over time. Make sure you are wearing the correct size.
  • Don’t go barefoot, even in your own home in order to avoid risk of cuts and infections.
  • Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself nor use OTC products which can burn your skin.

Paula Deen, the 66-year-old Food Network star relates, “I love feeding people but now I also want to help people eat right.” There is hope. With a proper diet, exercise, and medical care, a person with diabetes can live their life to the fullest.

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care are located at 2 Ryant Blvd (on US 27) and can be reached at 863-314-9255 or .


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