Patient Success: Overwhelmed and Overweight

Overwhelmed and Overweight

12/21/2020

Nicolette, a 34-year-old female, was referred to Simplex Health by her primary care physician after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She had a hemoglobin A1c of 6.8% and fasting glucose of 138 mg/dL. Lead Dietitian and Director of Training and Development, Alex Jatzke began working with Nicolette in December 2019 to help her make the necessary adjustments to her diet to lose 70lbs and avoid the need for medication to control her blood glucose.

At her first appointment, Nicolette admitted that she was motivated to make changes to her diet but was “scared about her diagnosis and overwhelmed by conflicting nutrition information”. As a Simplex Health Registered Dietitian, Alex understands the fear behind receiving a diagnosis such as diabetes and was excited about prescribing a Simplex Health evidence-based protocol to the patient.

Alex started Nicolette on Simplex Health’s scientifically-proven Insulin Optimization Protocol. IOP transitions a patient to an efficient fat-burning metabolic state by lowering levels of insulin through the combination of both diet and time-restricted eating. During bi-weekly appointments for 12 weeks, Nicolette and Alex worked together to implement the behavioral and dietary changes that were best for Nicolette.

In March of 2020, just 12 weeks after Nicolette received her diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, she received follow-up blood work that revealed that her hemoglobin A1c reduced from 6.8% to 5.5%, and her fasting glucose reduced from 138 to 91. “I love what I do because, after 12 short weeks, Nicolette was able to reverse the diagnosis that caused her so much fear and uncertainty,” says Alex.

At Nicolette’s follow-up appointment with her primary care physician, she was told that her blood pressure had significantly improved and that she may be able to eliminate one or both of her medications in the next 3 months. In her 12 weeks of working with Simplex Health, Nicolette lost 35 lbs and experienced reduced hunger and cravings, improved sleep, improved energy, and reduced premenstrual symptoms. Nicolette will continue working with Simplex Health to hopefully reach her goal weight.

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