Meet the Winner of February's $500 Drawing, Will Moran

When Will Moran saw his diabetes doctor this fall, he knew his A1C results were not going to be good. A new job which involved travel made it more difficult to eat healthy and exercise, and he had reverted to old habits. He wasn’t eating well or exercising regularly and had gained weight. His hemoglobin A1C came back at 8.2, well above the goal of under 7. Being in the health care field himself, he understood that the elevated A1C put him at increased risk for diabetic complications, including damage to his kidneys, eyes, nerves, and blood vessels. 

Will says that the A1C of 8.2 shocked him into action, and the BEATDiabetes program helped him to stay on track and achieve his goals. Texts from BEATDiabetes helped motivate him to eat better and to get back to exercising 3 times a week at the gym. Reminder texts helped him consistently take his medication. When he had his A1C rechecked, his hard work had paid off with an A1C that was impressively improved at 6.1!

For his efforts, he earned a $100 reward and entry into the $500 drawing, but he says that biggest reward has been feeling healthier and younger. 

 

 

We caught up with Will to ask him a few questions about how he got his diabetes under control, what advice he has for others in the same situation, and what he plans to do with that $500. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
I had a hard time eating healthy and exercising while traveling for my new job.

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?
I made great effort to improve my diet by cooking healthy instead of eating out. I also changed my exercise routine to fit my new work schedule. 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
Observing people who are not healthy and are my age, but look and act much older.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
You really won't believe how great you feel, how much energy you have, and how much younger you feel if you eat right and exercise regularly.

What do you plan to do with the $500?
I am restoring a Jeep and some of the money will help buy parts. 

Congratulations to Will for making the changes necessary to improve his blood sugars and get healthy!

Meet the Winner of May's $500 Drawing, Rob White

We caught up with Rob to ask him a few questions about how he got his diabetes under control, what advice he has for others in the same situation, and what he plans to do with that $500. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
Remembering to take my medication.

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?
I have been watching what I eat and drink.

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to live a better life and to live longer.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
Eat properly, stay on your medications, and have lots of patience.

What do you plan to do with the $500?
Take a little vacation. 

Congratulations to Will for making the changes necessary to improve his blood sugars and get healthy!

When Rob White started the BEATDiabetes program, his hemoglobin A1C was 11. With his busy schedule, he found it difficult to remember to consistently take his diabetes medications, and he was frequently missing doses. He says that the reminders from BEATDiabetes were invaluable in helping him to stay on top of his medication regimen and blood sugar checks. “I get very busy.” he says. “It’s always go, go, go, but with the phone beeping, it forces me to stop and do what I need to do to take care of my diabetes.” With the help of regularly taking his medications, along with watching his diet, Rob was able to improve his hemoglobin A1C from 11 to 8.3, significantly improving his health and reducing his risk of future diabetic complications.

 

Meet the Winner of August's $500 Drawing, Larry Morris

Like most people who have had Type 2 diabetes for 20+ years, Larry Morris has had his ups and downs with the disease. Last fall was one of the low points. His insurance company had required him to switch to a less effective medication, his A1C had risen to 9.1, and he was feeling discouraged. With the help of his doctor, who successfully argued with the insurance company to get him back on his previous regimen, and the BEATDiabetes program, which provided frequent advice and encouragement, he has been able to get and keep his A1C under 7. Not only has he improved his health and decreased his risk of diabetes complications, he has also earned a total of $200 in direct rewards and was the lucky winner of August’s $500 drawing for participants who have met their A1C targets. 

We caught up with Larry to ask him a few questions about how he controls his blood sugars, what advice he has for others with diabetes, and what he plans to do with that $500. 

 

How have you gotten your blood sugars under control?
I have been working hard to take care of myself and make good choices. I try to exercise 5 times a week and eat healthy foods. Over the past couple years, I have made a real effort to try to lose weight and have lost over 60 pounds. I would like to lose 30 more, but have hit a plateau where it is harder to make progress. It is frustrating, but I will keep working at it.


How was the BEATDiabetes program helpful in controlling your diabetes? 

With diabetes, sometimes there are good days and sometimes there are bad days. The BEATDiabetes texts gave me encouragement on the days when it was tough. It was a voice encouraging me to persist and not give up.

 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to be around for my family. I want to be there for my kids and grandkids and great-grandkids.

What advice do you have for others working to control their diabetes?
Do what you need to do. Take your medicine. Check your blood sugar. Exercise. Don’t give up.

Diabetes is a hard disease, but it doesn’t have to control you. You can control it.


What do you plan to do with the $500?
We are going to add it to our vacation fund. It will allow us to extend our upcoming vacation to Florida and Georgia. 

Congratulations to Larry for working hard to control his diabetes and improve his health!

Meet the Winner of December's $500 Drawing, Glenda Davis

Glenda Davis has had diabetes for 20 years, but says that for the majority of that time, she was in denial. She didn’t have a family history of diabetes and didn’t want to believe that she had it, so she ignored it and continued to eat whatever she wanted despite requiring a growing number of diabetes medications, including insulin. However, a diagnosis of Stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease provided a serious wake-up call and forced Glenda to confront the damage uncontrolled diabetes was doing to her body. She didn’t want to end up on dialysis and decided to get serious about taking care of her diabetes and overall health. With the help of a plant-based diet, a supportive doctor, and the BEATDiabetes program, she has lost 63 pounds and improved her A1C from 9.2 to 6.9. This improvement in her blood sugars will significantly reduce her risk of future diabetes complications and should prevent further diabetic damage to her kidneys.

We caught up with Glenda to ask her a few questions about how she controls her blood sugars, what advice she has for others with diabetes, and what she plans to do with that $500.

 

What changes did you make to help improve your blood sugars?
I made big changes in my diet. I started eating a plant-based diet. I didn’t eat any meat for 5 months and now eat it in only small amounts. This has helped me to lose 63 pounds over the past year, and I have been able to improve my blood sugars and come off most of my diabetes medications. Now I am just on metformin.


How was the BEATDiabetes program helpful in controlling your diabetes? 

The tips were very helpful. They taught me some things that I hadn’t learned in diabetes education. The chance to earn rewards also provided some additional motivation – money is always a good motivator!

 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to be healthy and live longer, and I don’t want to end up on dialysis.

What advice do you have for others working to control their diabetes?
You need to wake up and realize that you have this disease and that it is a progressive one. If you keep eating things that are not good for you, you will damage your body. The complications of diabetes are scary, but you can avoid them if you make the effort to take care of yourself.

What do you plan to do with the $500?
I am going to use it for a vacation since I haven’t had one in a while. I am still deciding where I want to go.


Congratulations to Glenda for working hard to improve her blood sugars and overall health! Enjoy your well-earned reward!