Dennis Robinson ‘Problem Solves’ His Diabetes Dilemma

Then & Now

| Mar 1, 2006

Dennis Robinson, a University of Missouri economist, says, “Give me a challenge, make it make sense, and I can do almost anything. That’s how I could lose 60 pounds and keep it off, and even take insulin.”

Dennis was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six years ago. “My doctor told me I had diabetes, told me what my blood glucose levels should be, gave me some pills and that’s about it.”

Dennis noticed that despite an improvement in his blood glucose, his other numbers went up. He gained weight and his blood pressure and cholesterol went up. He said he tried to learn more about his condition, but he kept getting conflicting information.

“I’m a researcher, I’m an economist, a thinker, a problem solver, but I couldn’t solve this one.”

Dennis’ wife, Kathryn, was just as discouraged, and she started to seek out information to share with him. Kathryn visited my diabetes education and support group. She then invited Dennis, who came with her to a meeting. We also introduced Dennis to a new doctor who helped teach Dennis how his diabetes medication worked and why he had gained weight. He was taking a sulfonylurea, which, if not balanced correctly with food and activity, usually does not stabilize blood glucose as well as some other medications. Some people release too much insulin, then go low, and they overeat just to bring up their blood glucose to feel better, which then can cause weight gain.

Dennis’ doctor stopped the sulfonylurea and started him on metformin. Dennis learned that carbohydrates affect blood glucose more than other types of foods. He made dietary changes and started counting carbs.

Dennis’ numbers improved. He started losing weight and his blood glucose stabilized, with fewer of the old ups and downs. He felt better and enjoyed the challenge.

Dennis’ blood glucose is now in his target range, and he has lost and kept off 60 pounds. Kathryn lost 40 pounds and has kept it off for over a year. For their 30th wedding anniversary, the Robinson’s received the gift of a 100-pound weight loss and better health for both of them.

Dennis’ problem
Dennis was overweight because he ate too much and was not physically active enough. He didn’t realize that his medication was increasing his appetite.

Dennis’ motivation to change
Dennis loves a challenge. Dennis started to change to meet the challenge. Once he saw that he could succeed, his motivation became to improve his health.

What was in Dennis’ way?
Dennis needed information that made sense to him. He couldn’t follow a plan that didn’t make sense.

Dennis’ method
Lots of support. Working closely with his wife and making frequent visits early on with his new doctor, diabetes educator and his support group gave him the encouragement he needed to make lifelong changes and to feel less alone in the process.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Glucose, Diabetes, Diabetes, Food, Insulin, Losing weight, Personal Stories, Type 2 Issues, Weight Loss

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.