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Morgan:A Case of DiabetesModified from Rubin & HerreidPart IIMorgan continued to sit in the doctor’s office, listening but not hearing. Her doctor had explained howdiabetes would increase her risk of heart disease and stroke, risks she already had from obesity, as wellas kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy) and blindness. How could this happen to her, just now beforeher marriage?Navarro. Losing weight will be easier for you, in my opinion, with the guidance of a professional. Come
back in one month for a checkup, OK? Will you do that for me?”Morgan went home that afternoon in a state of frustration and denial. She said nothing to her parents, butthat was hardly unusual. The next day, she spoke of the bad news to her family and friends andexplained how weight loss was supposed to be an effective treatment.“I know just what you should do,” said Morgan’s close friend, Savannah. “You know how I’ve beenlosing weight? Well, I’ve been on the Atkins’ Diet. I heard about it on TV. It’s great! You get to eatsteak, chicken wings, and all the good stuff. All you have to do is limit carbohydrate intake. You shoulddefinitely give it a try. This diet has been around for years and it has worked for lots of people, includingme.”“I don’t know,” said Morgan’s brother, Alan. “There’s a lot of argument about the Atkins’ Diet. I thinkthe best thing for you to do is exercise and stop eating all of that pizza and candy and food filled withfat. Our people never used to eat that junk. I say eat meals that are nutritionally balanced and high infiber and low in refined sugars and saturated fats. And run a lot. Stop sitting around the house.”Morgan sat silently, listening to the family debate. Finally, she looked over to the corner of the roomwhere her grandfather had also been sitting quietly. “Grandfather, what do you think? You are healthconscious, you exercise regularly, and you know a lot about nutrition. What do you say?”He said nothing for a long moment and then, “Morgan, it is true that it is best to live in harmony andbalance—to eat a nutritionally balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins, and ‘good’ fats tomeet your body’s needs. That is good. But look to your heritage. Our people were never overweightbefore we started eating ‘civilized’ food. Look to our native diet. I think you should look to traditionalherbal remedies for help. What Alan says is true. Exercise is good. But it is sometimes not enough. Ourpeople have always looked to the natural medicine for cures. They will lift your spirits and energize you.Then you will lose weight and you will be healthy again.”
“Do you mean I should take those herbs from the diet shop?”
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