When Pat Moore was persistently exhausted, had headaches and felt nauseous,
her husband urged her to see a doctor to get some relief.
Mrs. Moore’s primary care doctor suspected she might have diabetes
so he referred her to
Dr. A. Mannan Khan of
North Oaks Endocrinology Clinic in Hammond. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Khan and his partner,
Dr. Corey Majors, diagnose and treat diseases of the endocrine system like diabetes, thyroid
disorders and obesity.
Diabetes is a condition that affects the body’s ability to either
produce or use insulin, which helps the body use blood sugar for energy.
Diabetes results in blood sugar that arises to abnormally high levels,
and can require insulin to keep the blood glucose at healthy levels. It
causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and
having diabetes nearly doubles one’s chances of having a heart attack.
Mrs. Moore had high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, was overweight,
stressed and is African-American – all high risk factors for diabetes,
Dr. Khan explains. Her A1C test, one of the most common tests that estimates
blood sugar, scored 10.4 percent. Results of less than 5.7 percent are
considered normal and greater than 6.5 indicate diabetes.
“When I learned I had diabetes, it was like being hit by a stone,
and it took some getting used to,” the 5’2” Independence
resident recalls. “My husband was right. I should have listened
to him sooner.”
After changing her eating habits and exercising regularly, she was able
to drop the A1C results to 7.4 percent within three months. Today, her
goal is to get it to drop to 6 percent.
“It’s a natural reaction for those diagnosed with diabetes
to feel overwhelmed,” Dr. Khan points out. “Everyone defines
success differently. I recommend following Mrs. Moore’s example
in setting specific goals, like lowering your A1C a percentage point or
taking small steps to eating healthier.”
Mrs. Moore also shed 25 pounds by exercising and focusing on her meal plan.
Her diet no longer includes some of her favorite foods that are high in
starch like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes and corn.
“I had to change my eating habits. I couldn’t have any sugars
or sodas, and I gave up sweets,” she notes. “I even had to
give up my favorites – blueberry muffins and coconut cake –
and limit myself to only one tomato.”
Yet, having diabetes doesn’t mean sugar or foods high in carbohydrates
need to be completely eliminated, Mrs. Moore clarifies.
She and her five sisters are planning to write a cookbook, which will appropriately
be called “Sisters.” It will include healthy options, as well
as family favorites, because they want to help others learn to cook nutritious meals.
“Everyone’s body is different and what works for me might not
work for someone else,” Mrs. Moore points out. “It took some
getting used to but I’ve changed my entire way of eating. It can
Because exercise is important, she makes an effort to stay busy. She and
her sister, Ann Glover, enjoy shopping, specifically for antiques where
much walking is usually required. She also likes to garden and fish in
the pond on her property, including her catch and bounty in her healthy cooking.
“It’s important to celebrate the daily triumphs in order to
not get discouraged. Mrs. Moore is a good example of how, with time, eating
well and exercising pay off and become a matter of course,” Dr.
Mrs. Moore credits Dr. Khan for helping her cope with diabetes and living
a healthier life. At first, she refused medication. But, he explained
to her that she could develop kidney disease, lose her limbs or suffer
other serious conditions. He even suggested four different medications
before finding the appropriate one for her. She now sees him every three
months to manage the diabetes.
“Dr. Khan is amazing,” she shares. “He doesn’t
treat just diabetes. He treats the individual.”
For more information, contact Dr. Khan or Dr. Majors at (985) 230-7195
in Hammond or at (225) 686-4960 in Livingston.
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