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The Life Sentence of Diabetes (or is it?)

Meredith Gelfand is a Team Beachbody Coach and she recently shared her story with a group of other coaches in Philadelphia.   She was also kind enough to retell her story in an email to Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler, and it is pasted below.

“On May 30, 2006, I weighed 305 pounds and was rushed to the hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis. I was in the hospital a week, and after running tests, they told me that I would never be off of insulin. I also found out that I had high cholesterol and sleep apnea.

At the hospital, I had nothing to do but watch TV. I was in a hospital bed, hooked up to an insulin pump and a morphine pump, and kept seeing Chalene Johnson and your Turbo Jam infomercial. The infomercial got me hooked because Chalene had such positive energy, and it seemed like a blast. And when you have a lot of weight to lose like I did, you NEED to see those stories of other people who have overcome huge obstacles, so you can relate.

I left the hospital with a few prescriptions and supplies that were going to cost $150 a month even with insurance. I also went home and purchased Turbo Jam. What a great journey it has been!

Now, just two years later, I am down 127 pounds, have been off of insulin completely since two months after starting Turbo Jam, and have been totally clear of diabetes since October of 2006. I went from having to give myself 95 units of insulin a day and checking my glucose levels four times a day to having to take nothing because my glucose levels are great.

Beachbody, Chalene, and Turbo Jam helped me save $150 a month AND my life. My cholesterol is normal, I no longer snore, and my doctor told me that I have the resting heart rate of an athlete!

Later, when I asked the doctor why he told me I’d never be off of insulin, he said it was because very few people lose weight and follow through with a healthy lifestyle, and most will be on insulin forever, and that my story is the exception. Which is sad because it’s so much easier than having to give myself insulin and glucose level test shots everyday, let alone losing my legs, vision, kidneys, heart, and brain to diabetes.”


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Please note: While the effects of exercise and a healthy diet can help, no one should alter the use of prescription medications without a doctor’s advice and consent.

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