A Healthy Breakfast Starts Here

Rainbow Frittata

Diabetic Living Magazine
This delicious frittata is loaded with heart-healthy, omega-3 enriched eggs and a medley of colorful vegetables. Start cooking the vegetables on the stove and finish them up in the oven with the egg mixture. To serve, top with avocado slices, grape tomatoes and a touch of sriracha.
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 219 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup 1/2 inch pieces sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 inch pieces yellow sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh broccoli
  • 8 omega-3 enriched eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 avocado halved, seeded, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 5 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • Sriracha Sauce optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat an oven-going 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add sweet potato, sweet pepper and broccoli; cook and stir over medium 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, basil, thyme, salt and black pepper. Pour mixture over vegetables in skillet. Cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on bottom and around edges. Using a spatula, lift egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath.
  • Transfer skillet to oven; cook 5 minutes or until egg mixture is set. Remove from oven. Let stand 2 minutes. Top servings with avocado and tomatoes. Drizzle with sriracha.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

1/4 frittata (3/4 cup)
 
219 calories; protein 13.9g; carbohydrates 7.7g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 2.2g; fat 15g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 372mg; vitamin a iu 2112.2IU; vitamin c 25mg; folate 90.8mcg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 30.2mg; potassium 455.8mg; sodium 226mg.
2 lean protein, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 fat
Keyword bone health, dairy free, gluten free, healthy aging, healthy immunity, low calorie, low carbohydrate, low sodium, nut free, soy free, vegetarian

Do You Know Your Numbers?

DeAngelo Banks

We know how many gallons it takes to fill our cars…
But when it comes to our bodies, we don’t know our numbers.

Nearly half of the adult American population has high blood pressure and most don’t even know it or the health risks of not knowing.

DeAngelo Banks, 46, admits he didn’t know his numbers. He had no symptoms. He thought he was completely healthy. The truth is, he was walking around with hypertension—a major cause of premature death. That didn’t surprise him as his father had hypertension. But it was worse than that. Only after he finally reached out to a doctor did he find out he was in dire straits. He had no idea. He was caught completely off guard. DeAngelo was at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and other life-threatening complications. By the time he got to the emergency department at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, he found out he needed immediate surgery to repair his heart. His numbers indicated he didn’t have long to live. During recovery from his life-saving surgery, DeAngelo and the St. Mary Mercy Livonia Cardiac Rehab team worked together to get him feeling healthy again. Today, he’s feeling great and much younger than his actual age.

His message: Talk to your doctor. Find out what your numbers are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your health. Even the embarrassing questions.

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Creamy Spinach Feta Dip

Rainbow Frittata

Diabetic Living Magazine
This delicious frittata is loaded with heart-healthy, omega-3 enriched eggs and a medley of colorful vegetables. Start cooking the vegetables on the stove and finish them up in the oven with the egg mixture. To serve, top with avocado slices, grape tomatoes and a touch of sriracha.
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 219 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup 1/2 inch pieces sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 inch pieces yellow sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh broccoli
  • 8 omega-3 enriched eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 avocado halved, seeded, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 5 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • Sriracha Sauce optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat an oven-going 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add sweet potato, sweet pepper and broccoli; cook and stir over medium 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, basil, thyme, salt and black pepper. Pour mixture over vegetables in skillet. Cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on bottom and around edges. Using a spatula, lift egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath.
  • Transfer skillet to oven; cook 5 minutes or until egg mixture is set. Remove from oven. Let stand 2 minutes. Top servings with avocado and tomatoes. Drizzle with sriracha.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

1/4 frittata (3/4 cup)
 
219 calories; protein 13.9g; carbohydrates 7.7g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 2.2g; fat 15g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 372mg; vitamin a iu 2112.2IU; vitamin c 25mg; folate 90.8mcg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 30.2mg; potassium 455.8mg; sodium 226mg.
2 lean protein, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 fat
Keyword bone health, dairy free, gluten free, healthy aging, healthy immunity, low calorie, low carbohydrate, low sodium, nut free, soy free, vegetarian

Medical Weight Loss: The HMR Difference

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it’s a commitment to a lifestyle change. Altering habits can be difficult and many people struggle to stick with a new routine. Having a goal can provide focus, like qualifying for a needed surgery or going on a vacation pain free.

The good news is, if you want to lose weight and begin working towards your best self you don’t have to do it alone. With so many weight loss programs to choose from, how do you know what program is right for you?

In order to choose the best option for you, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Are you ready to start changing your lifestyle habits?
  2. Would you prefer to have a support group you can lean on? Or would you prefer to forge your own path and do it by yourself?
  3. Do you like to cook/be in the kitchen? Or does a structured, pre-packaged meal plan sound better to you?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, the HMR Medical Weight Loss program might be right for you.

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is the process of losing weight with the support, coaching, and guidance of a healthcare professional, like a doctor.

The HMR Medical Weight Loss Program uses experienced health educators that focus on teaching you the behavioral skills needed to manage your weight, for life. Our team uses their knowledge and medical experience to create an individualized and realistic plan that meets your unique circumstances.

What are the meal plans like?

The program offers two meal plans to choose from, the Decision-Free Plan and the Healthy Solutions Plan. The Decision-Free Plan is very structured; participants are medically supervised and only use the HMR prepared meals and shakes. The Healthy Solutions Plan is more flexible, allowing participants to use both the HMR prepared foods as well as some fresh fruits and vegetables. (This plan is not medically supervised.)

Decision-Free Plan

  • HMR Foods Only
  • Medically Supervised
  • NO Grocery Store Foods
  • Daily Calories = 800

Choose from a nutrition plan of 5 shakes daily or 3 shakes and 2 entrées daily.

Healthy Solutions Plan

  • HMR Foods + Fruits & Vegetables
  • NOT Medically Supervised
  • Daily Calories = 1,200

Nutritional plan includes 3 shakes, 2 entrées, and a total of 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily.

Participants have benefited from this program not only losing weight but many are able to stop taking certain medications and get back to living life. Read what our participants have to say about the program:

“I have removed all my diabetes and blood pressure medications, controlling both conditions with diet and exercise. There have been many positive benefits that I have enjoyed with the HMR program. The staff understands the struggles that come along at different times during your journey, and they have strategies to help you through. I would highly recommend the HMR Program to anyone who is committed to making this the time they lose the weight for good!”

Anthony B., lost over 130 pounds

“In the 18 months I have continued in the program I have learned and practiced how to deal with the ups and downs of weight maintenance. I no longer take diabetes, high blood pressure, or cholesterol medications. Good health and weight control is a conscious decision. I will always work at maintaining my weight and health. HMR gave me the opportunity to start living in the same but new and improved version of me.”

Rebecca C., lost over 65 pounds

Our program accepts people age 18 and older and can support participants with complex medical issues, like diabetes and high blood pressure. A referral from your doctor isn’t required to join the program, however, they are accepted and encouraged.

HMR has received the US News World Report Badge for ‘The Fastest Weight Loss Program’ for the 7th year in a row.

Ready to begin your weight loss journey?

Connect with a health educator today and call 734-712-5540.

5 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes

5 easy overnight oats recipes –

Easy make ahead breakfasts are very important to many people who do not have time to prepare a healthy breakfast every morning. With these easy and healthy overnight oats you to can plan your breakfast for the week. Whether you prefer Blueberry Overnight Oats, Chocolate & Banana Overnight Oats or Tropical flavors like Pina Colada Overnight Oats, here you will find your favorite flavors.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (45g) Rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup (45g) blueberries
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (70g) Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Almond milk or any milk of your choice
  • slivered almonds and blueberries for topping

Chocolate & Banana Overnight Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (45g) Rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (70g) Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Maple syrup, optional
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Almond milk or any milk of your choice
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Chocolate shavings and banana slices for topping

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (45g) Rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (70g) Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Almond milk or any milk of your choice
  • 1/2 Apple, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons Honey/maple syrup, optional
  • Walnuts 

Pina Colada Overnight Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (45g) Rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 2oz (60g) Pineapple
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (70g) Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Honey/Maple syrup *optional
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Coconut milk or any milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Pineapple chunks and desiccated coconut for topping

Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (45g) Rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (70g) Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Almond milk or any milk of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons Natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Fruit jam of your choice
  • Crushed peanuts and natural peanut butter for topping
DIRECTIONS

1. Place all ingredients into a large glass container/bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer to a jar or a glass. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. Top with fresh fruits/nuts/seeds and serve.

Source: theCookingFoodie.com

Medicare and Annual Wellness Visits

Including a Glossary of Helpful Terms

Taking time to schedule an annual visit with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) could be life-changing because prevention is often the key to living longer, healthier lives.

Even if seniors are feeling well or taking very few medications, getting an Annual Wellness Visit can help your PCP identify symptoms and conditions early.

Q: Does Medicare require patients to visit their PCP annually?

A: Medicare does not require patients to visit their PCP annually. However, they do encourage patients to schedule an Initial Preventive Physical Examination (“Welcome to Medicare Visit”) within the first 12 months of part B enrollment to review medical and social health histories as well as preventive services education.

Medicare also encourages an “Annual Wellness Visit” every 12 months to develop or update a personalized plan for prevention of illness and perform a health risk assessment. During an Annual Wellness Visit, vitals are obtained, but a complete physical exam is not performed.

Q: Are “annual physicals” covered by insurance providers, including Medicare?

A: Medicare covers the Welcome to Medicare Visit and the Annual Wellness Visit, with no co-pay or deductible, but Medicare does not cover routine annual physicals during which more detailed exams are performed and which often include routine lab and screening tests.

Some supplemental insurance plans may cover routine annual physicals, with applicable co-pays and deductibles. Medicare will cover services for specific diagnoses with necessary labs/testing, but co-pays and deductibles will apply.

Q: What tests are typically part of an annual physical?

A: Tests are determined based on a patient’s age, medical history, family history, risk factors and presenting complaints. Often, labs are ordered to monitor blood sugar, electrolytes, kidney and liver function, blood counts, cholesterol, and thyroid function. Screening for osteoporosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer are also discussed and ordered as appropriate.

Q: Are these tests usually covered by insurance?

A: Many preventive services are covered by health insurance plans; however, patients are encouraged to check with their insurance companies before completing any lab or testing to see if it is covered, and how much out-of-pocket cost there will be.

Q: For people who are looking for a PCP, is there a trusted online resource for checking to see how a physician is rated?

A: There is a lot of information available online, but the most reliable, trustworthy resources would be a patient’s insurance company review or local hospital websites. These sources have firsthand information about physicians who have gone through rigorous credentialing processes and are highly recommended.

A Glossary of Helpful Terms Regarding Medicare and Checkups

Annual Physical An annual physical exam is an assessment of your body’s overall health. The primary purpose is to look for health problems.

During the exam, your doctor uses his or her senses to evaluate how your body is performing. Based on the evaluation, your doctor may ask you to have tests to determine or rule out possible health problems.

 The list below shows some actions your physician may take during a physical exam.

  • Visually check your body for signs of existing health issues
  • Look into your eyes, ears, nose, and throat for potential problems
  • Listen to your heart and lungs to detect irregular sounds
  • Touch parts of your body to feel for abnormalities
  • Test your motor function and reflexes
  • Complete pelvic and rectal exams
  • Measure your height, weight, and blood pressure

Medicare does not cover an annual physical. The exam and any tests your doctor orders are separate services, and you may have expenses related to these depending on your Medicare plan.

Annual Wellness Visit A Medicare Wellness Visit is an overall evaluation of your health and well-being. The primary purpose is prevention and involves either creating or updating your individual prevention plan. Medicare covers a Wellness Visit once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since your last Wellness visit), and you are eligible for this benefit after having Medicare Part B for at least 12 months.

During the exam, your primary care provider combines information from the visit with your medical record to assess your risk for common preventable health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Based on the evaluation, your doctor creates your individual prevention plan with a checklist of screenings you need to have.

The list below shows actions your provider may perform during a wellness exam.

  • Review your health risk assessment (questions you answer about your health)
  • Confirm your medical and family history
  • Document your current prescriptions and providers
  • Measure and document your height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Look for signs of memory loss, dementia, or frailty
  • Record your health risk factors and treatment options
  • Provide personalized health advice
  • Develop a schedule for the preventive services recommended for you

Medicare Part B covers an annual wellness exam and several preventive screenings with no copay or deductible. However, you may have to pay a portion of the cost for some recommended tests or services.

Copay An amount you are required to pay as your share of the cost for a medical service or supply, like a doctor’s visit, hospital outpatient visit, or prescription medication. This is generally a flat dollar amount rather than a percentage.

Coinsurance An amount you are required to pay as your share of the cost for services after you pay any deductibles and is usually a percentage.

Deductible The amount you are required to pay for health care or prescriptions before Medicare, your prescription drug plan, or any other insurance will pay.

Preventive Services Health care to prevent or detect illness at an early stage. Preventive services include pap tests, certain vaccines, and screening mammograms.

Routine Labs and Screenings Testing or services recommended by a health care provider that allow potential health problems to be prevented or addressed early enough for a better overall outcome of a patient’s health.

Supplemental Insurance Plan (also known as Medigap) refers to numerous private health insurance plans used to supplement Medicare. Medigap insurance provides coverage for many of the co-pays and some of the co-insurance related to Medicare covered services

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Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) A waiver that a physician or supplier should give a Medicare beneficiary when providing an item or service for which Medicare is expected to deny payment.

If you do not receive an ABN before you get the service from your physician or supplier, and Medicare does not pay for it, then you probably do not have to pay for it (unless it is a statutory exclusion).

If the physician or supplier does provide you an ABN that you sign prior to receiving the service, and Medicare does not pay for it, then you will have to pay your physician or supplier for it.

ABNs only apply if you have Traditional Medicare. They are not applicable if you are in a Medicare Managed Care Plan or Private Fee-for-Service Plan.

Coordination of Benefits (COB) Method for determining the responsibilities of two or more health plans that have some financial responsibility for a medical claim.

Explanation of Benefits (EOB) Statement from your health insurance detailing what costs will be covered for medical care or services received. This generally will include the total cost of the care received as well as any out-of-pocket expenses that the patient may incur.

Statutory Exclusion Services or supplies never covered by Medicare. Some examples are dental services, routine foot care, and cosmetic surgery.

Schedule an annual visit with your primary care physician today

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Staying Fit Tips

It can be hard to stick to a fitness routine during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep you healthy during a busy time typically filled with sweet treats.

  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water. There are large canteens and apps that can help remind you.
  • Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast. If you eat a balanced diet throughout the day, you won’t be so tempted to eat extra sweets.
  • Be active – take a walk or simply move around your house or take the stairs.
  • Get a good night’s rest and avoid stress
  • Enjoy yourself and unleash your inner child. If you want treats, try smaller portions.

There you go – a few simple tips to keep you fit and having a great time with family and loved ones. Have a happy and safe holiday!

P.S. If you’re concerned about your health or staying healthy during the holidays, talk to your primary care physician. Don’t have primary care physician? Find one today .


How to Talk with Family and Friends About the COVID-19 Vaccine

As health care professionals, we have a responsibility to be public health leaders in our communities. An important way to fulfill that responsibility is by respectfully sharing accurate and science-based information about the vaccine—especially with those who might be hesitant.

Public discourse around COVID-19 vaccines has become highly charged, with widespread misinformation creating confusion and fear. To make your conversations on vaccines productive, it is helpful to remain empathetic and non-judgmental, and to listen to people’s concerns. You can also guide people to trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control or their primary care physicians.

Below are some answers to commonly asked questions you can share with the people in your life:

Information about the vaccine is changing all the time. Why should I trust it?

As a novel virus, the COVID-19 virus was one we hadn’t encountered before. We’re learning more about it as time goes on, and it would be irresponsible to not update recommendations as new findings come to light. In addition, developments such as the COVID-19 Delta variant can cause recommendations to change, as the situation itself evolves. What has remained consistent since vaccines were first approved for use is that they:

  • Are safe and effective, especially against serious illness, hospitalization, and death
  • Can help prevent long-term complications of COVID-19

Why should I get the vaccine instead of relying on immunity from COVID-19 infection?

While COVID-19 infection provides some antibodies, immunity from COVID-19 vaccines is two to three times higher than natural immunity and can greatly lower your risk of reinfection. The vaccines also provide additional protection against virus variants.

If you have not yet had COVID-19, the vaccine can help prevent you from getting infected or seriously ill in the first place, lowering your risk of long-term complications.

My vaccination status doesn’t impact anyone else. Why is it anyone’s business?

In a pandemic, especially one with a virus as easily transmissible as COVID-19, our vaccine status does impact others. Vaccination does more than protect us from infection or serious illness; it makes us less likely to spread the virus to others. This layer of protection is especially important for those who are immunocompromised or who are unable to be vaccinated.

In addition, being vaccinated against COVID-19 lowers the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous stress on health care systems, pushing resources and staffing to new limits. The vaccine lowers the chances we will need to use precious resources.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 serves the greater good, allowing us to protect ourselves and those around us, and to help bring an end to the pandemic through broad-scale immunity.

How do we know the vaccines are safe when they were developed so quickly?

The COVID-19 vaccines went through all the same safety studies and protocols as other vaccines. However, due to the urgency of the situation and unprecedented global funding, steps that may have been delayed for years were able to occur in rapid succession or simultaneously, greatly speeding up the process. In addition, COVID-19’s broad spread around the world allowed data on the vaccines’ effectiveness to be gathered quickly, as the protective impact of vaccines was rapidly apparent.

I’m currently expecting, and the vaccines make me nervous. Is it safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant?

Yes, it is safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant. In fact, the American Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly recommends that pregnant people be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the risks of COVID-19 infection while pregnant are so high. Pregnant people who are unvaccinated face much higher rates of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. COVID-19 infection also increases the risk of preterm delivery and stillbirth, making vaccination important for the baby’s health as well.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe while pregnant, with no associated increase in miscarriages or other pregnancy complications. Getting vaccinated while pregnant can also pass antibodies to the baby, providing protection after they are born. For those who are already vaccinated, ACOG recommends a booster vaccine dose once they are eligible to bolster their protection, as immunity from the initial vaccine series can wane over time.

I’m confused by the new recommendations on booster vaccine doses. Why would I need a booster, and should I get the same vaccine as before?

Booster doses can strengthen your immunity to COVID-19, as the vaccine’s effectiveness naturally decreases over time. This is like many other vaccines, which are given in a series to build more robust immunity. Booster doses are recommended for certain populations, which varies based on the vaccine originally received. A quick guide to booster dose eligibility is available here.

The CDC also approved the mixing of booster doses. For instance, if a person originally received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, they may elect to receive one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) for a booster dose, as the mRNA vaccines have generally been more effective against COVID-19. People can also choose to receive the same vaccine for a booster as their original series.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, scientists and medical experts–including those at Trinity Health–have continued to learn more about the COVID-19 virus, acting quickly to respond to new evidence and stop surges throughout the country. Science is a process of learning and making the best decisions we can with the information we have at the time to protect as many lives as possible.

In addition to sharing the information above, please encourage everyone you know to educate themselves about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy by directing them to the COVID-19 vaccine information page on the Trinity Health website, and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state vaccine information pages.


Celebrate Holidays Safely
We wish you and your loved ones safe, happy holidays. Follow the CDC’s recommendations on safer ways to celebrate them.

Get Hairy this Month to Support Men’s Health

St. Joe’s is celebrating “Movember,” an international initiative that asks men to grow moustaches to “change the face of men’s health” and raise awareness for undetected and untreated health risks.

Men on average die six years earlier than women—most from preventable causes. Which means it doesn’t have to be that way. Take action to live a healthier, happier and longer life.

Your health and safety are our top priority. Our team focuses on your care and treats you like you’re our family.

Don’t postpone your check-ups and health screenings – early detection is key for many conditions.

Find a St. Joe’s doctor and schedule an appointment today!

A Health Transformation

In May 2018, Scott Baird received a diagnosis that would change his life. Prostate cancer. Prior to the diagnosis, Scott hadn’t given much thought to his health. But that didn’t mean he was living a healthy lifestyle either.

“I was overweight and physically unfit,” Scott said. “I had been obese most of my life having made poor food and lifestyle choices. I couldn’t even tie my own shoes, I was so unfit.”

The cancer diagnosis gave him the extra motivation he needed to focus on his health. His first goal: beat cancer. Because of his weight and enlarged prostate, Scott couldn’t have surgery on his prostate. Instead, he began taking hormones to decrease his testosterone level. For two months, Scott had to self-catheter every six hours. In August 2018, Scott underwent Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP), which is a type of laser surgery used to treat obstruction of urine flow. The surgery was successful and the catheter was no longer necessary. Next, were 42 radiation therapy treatments at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Finally, Scott’s cancer was in remission.  

“I was discharged from radiation therapy, and had mixed emotions,” Scott said. “I was grateful to have beat the cancer but was also totally lost. I didn’t know what to do next. I was scared the cancer would return. I was anxious because I knew I wasn’t in good health. I needed to gain control of my life.”

During Scott’s cancer treatment, he learned that he was pre-diabetic. His A1C was 6.1 compared to a normal score of less than 5.7. At 6.5, someone is considered diabetic. Scott was headed in that direction.

Scott also learned that he had previously had a silent heart attack. His grandchildren had been born in the past few years and he wanted to see them grow up. Something had to change.

Around that time, Scott saw an advertisement for St. Joe Chelsea’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). He joined the group and committed to the year-long lifestyle and evidence-based program.

The class helped Scott integrate exercise into his routine, keep a food journal and stick to 1500 calories per day. On his own, Scott decided to change his diet to mostly plant-based with no sugar, red meat or dairy. Scott has become a regular cardio-drummer, going to classes twice a day, two days a week.

The results have been staggering – Scott is down 40 pounds, his A1C has dropped significantly and he has a new outlook on life.

“I’m the happiest I have ever been,” Scott said. “With my weight loss, I have more energy and have experienced a new calmness, confidence and joy. This has been a true transformation.”

Although the year-long DPP class is ending soon, Scott plans to continue with the lessons he learned in the class – and stay in touch with some of his fellow classmates. He has also joined another local group where he weighs in weekly and holds himself and others accountable for healthy habits.

“Change is hard,” Scott said. “It wasn’t easy to commit to the DPP class or make these changes, but I needed to do something. DPP was that something – it gave me the education I needed, the tools to make the change and control of my life for really the first time ever.”

Now Scott is all about convincing others to take control of their health – he tells everyone he knows about DPP and his transformation. And even more importantly, he’s healthier and excited about the future.

Learn more about St. Joe’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

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