KWWL (Oelwein)-Last week we shared the story of a local woman with diabetes.
In Health Plus, the drastic step she took that she says cured her of it.
When Cheryl Patera was diagnosed with diabetes ten years ago, she tried unsuccessfully to get it under control.
"I just continued to put on weight and my blood sugars were just sky high," she says.
At 5'2 and 300 pounds, the now 59-year-old thought she was going to die.
"I knew that my health was going downhill at a quick drastic pace," she says.
'How about gastric bypass surgery?' her doctor suggested.
"It'll be 3 years this coming June. I have lost 150 pounds. The diabetes is gone," she says.
Her dietitian at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein helps regulate Cheryl's suggested high protein, low carb intake.
She says diabetes risk because of obesity is serious in our area for all ages.
"Right now in just our five-county area of northeast Iowa, three of the counties have an obesity rate in children of about 38%," says dietitian Roxanne Van Veldhuizen.
She says diet and exercise can keep diabetes away or at bay after a diagnosis.
"Some people look at it as a gift because they can make big changes and have a healthier life," she says.
Her surgery along with lifestyle changes have been crucial for Cheryl.
"It's like a rebirth."
You can take a quick, on-line diabetes assessment test by clicking on links in the blue box on our homepage.