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How to Impress your Doctor

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How to Impress your Doctor

Derek added more cardio to his workouts to combat Type 2 Diabetes

At the end of September, I had an elbow injury that required surgery. As part of the pre op assessment, my blood glucose was tested. They told me it was high. Very high. Once I was out of hospital, I saw my family doctor who arranged for me to work with the family nurse in the clinic to get my blood glucose into a healthier range.

Although all adult males on my father’s side have diabetes, I felt fine and was oblivious to any problem. I had been a body builder in my younger years, so I continued to work out some but did know my eating habits had slipped toward unhealthy and some extra beer and wine had slipped in. I saw Type 2 diabetes as a warning and an opportunity to use a healthier lifestyle to bring my blood sugars down. I did not want the health issues I saw my uncles go through.

The family nurse and I set out a plan. It was very helpful to have her to plan with. I now follow the same general plan of eating and exercise each day and test my blood 3 times per day. That way I learn from any minor variations in blood sugar.  I realized that my work outs focused on strength training but little cardio. So, I added more rigor to my workouts and cardio every day. I improved my diet considerably and now eat 4 times per day. I decreased my alcohol intake by 75%.  In all honesty, it wasn’t that hard for me to make these changes.

My family history of diabetes was a strong motivator. My improved lifestyle has really made a difference to my health. I got leaner and was able to find all my ab muscles easily. This was a surprise as I thought I was in good shape. My blood glucose is back in the target range in a very short time frame. My doctor is very impressed. I feel great, I have a ton more energy, I sleep better, my complexion is better, and I enjoy my healthy routine!

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Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services.Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors.In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community. www.reddeerpcn.com

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Guns and drugs seized by ALERT at Lacombe home associated with drug activity

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News Release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Guns and drugs seized in Lacombe

 Three people have been arrested on drugs and firearms offences following a joint investigation between ALERT and Lacombe Police Service.

The arrests took place on May 5, 2021 after a Lacombe house and vehicle were searched by investigators.

ALERT alleges the home was associated to drug activity and investigators seized quantities of methamphetamine, miscellaneous pills, two handguns, and three rifles.

“Organized crime impacts every community, and this investigation is strong example of police agencies working together to take drugs and guns off the street,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.

“This collaborative investigation demonstrates the benefits of agencies working together towards the common goal of reducing crime and creating safer communities in Alberta,” said Sgt. Bryan Zens, Lacombe Police Service.

Charges are pending and the suspects are not being named at this time.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Ann’s story: having someone to talk to and guide me to be healthier really helped!

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Ann shared her story of working with the PCN nurse towards better health. “I was diagnosed in November 2019 with diabetes and our doctor suggested that if I could lose about 10-15 lbs then I probably would not need to go on medication. He suggested a time frame around end of February and that he would contact a nurse for me to consult with. This was a bit of a shock and I wasn’t sure I would be able to lose so much in such a short time.

We had recently moved from BC to Alberta to be closer to our grandchildren after we both retired. Within 4 months of arriving and lucky enough to get registered with a new doctor my husband found out that he had prostate cancer and a blood cancer called Polycythemia Vera. This just blew us both away. He had no symptoms of any of these diseases. So, for almost all of 2019 we were constantly in at the Cancer Clinic at Red Deer or the Imaging Clinic. This took a huge toll on both of us. I developed high blood pressure, my anxiety level was through the roof, wasn’t sleeping, had ocular migraines and I was also trying to get my weight loss going. I felt I was falling apart.  I didn’t realise at the time that all this was contributing to my being overweight.

I have been a weight watcher member for around 25 years. Had some success then every few years I would go back again but in 2014 after I retired, I decided to try again and along with a friend I lost 22lbs and got down to 130lbs for (5ft) person, I felt good. I kept this off until late 2018. Right now, I am back at 150lbs.

Just being able to talk to the PCN nurse was such a good help for me mentally as I felt I had no one to talk to who understood what I was going through. She helped me understand a lot about diabetes and every month that we met my blood level was decreasing and I was losing a few pounds. However, when my husband was told that his potassium was a bit high, I had to restructure our meals. So, everything he had to avoid was what I was supposed to eat.  The nurse connected me with a dietitian who immediately told me to stop “dieting” as this was stressing me out even more than before. Just to make sure that I still ate sensibly, did some exercise and to put the scale away and only weigh myself once a month. This has really helped, and I am starting to sleep better, I don’t feel nearly as anxious and I have a more positive outlook. I realise that I will eventually lose a few pounds, I might not get back to my 130lbs, but it will take time and I’m fine with that.

I think if I had been back in BC, I would have been able to talk to my friends about what I was going through and I might have got some help quicker. Sharing your feelings is not easy but it sure helps. I appreciated the PCN nurse listening and helping me make a plan to improve my mental as well as my physical health.” 

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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