Selling Good Health – Control Your Diabetes

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Selling Good Health!

Sometimes I feel that I am a sales person. Although I was trained to educate my patients to control their diabetes, I find myself using every possible tactic to sell them good health.

Yesterday, I saw a woman for the second time. She has uncontrolled diabetes and is morbidly obese. She stated at the first visit that she realizes that if her poor eating habits continue it might “kill her”. She is fearful, however, at the same time, like an alcoholic, she just can’t stop.

I suggested low-calorie, healthy and well-balanced food choices so she could replace the higher-calorie and higher-sugar/fat cookies, ice cream and cake – but there was more to it. I had to sell her good health. I had to convince her to save herself. I had to use every ounce of my psychological skills to motivate her.

From the first visit to her second visit, yesterday, she had made changes. I was happy with her progress. My sales-pitch worked! Now we are focusing more on the 8-11:00 pm “trouble-time”. I am hopeful. With my continued support and her compliance – we’ll seal the deal!

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About the Author:

Marci SloaneMarci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She grew up in NYC where she graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. For over a decade, Marci managed a Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center at a multi-bed hospital in South Florida and has been counseling people on healthy eating, weight loss, and managing diseases and conditions such as: diabetes, pre-diabetes, healthy eating, heart disease, weight loss, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, hypoglycemia and a host of other nutrition-related diseases. Marci is an American Diabetes Association Valor Award recipient and lectures frequently to the public and healthcare professionals. Marci was a featured panelist for the Sun-Sentinel's "Let's Take It Off" weight loss program, was highlighted in the Palm Beach Post: Meet Your Neighbor, "Woman's book on healthy eating uses humor as a key ingredient" and was a participant in their Diabetes Series in 2007. Marci Sloane is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Health Professional Committee.

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