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Severely overweight with a family history of diabetes, Jenny Justus was prepared for less-than-rosy results from her Kohler health screening in February 2016. She wasn’t expecting a diagnosis that would turn her world upside down.“My fasting glucose level was 225. Normal is 80-120,” said the digital project manager. “That day changed my life forever.”
She immediately made an appointment with her doctor, and tests confirmed Type 2 diabetes.
"There are many ways to treat diabetes, but my goal was to use diet and exercise,” said Jenny, who within a month of making drastic lifestyle changes and taking medication had more energy and mental clarity.
Already moderately active, Jenny eased into a rigorous exercise routine, gradually working up to five or six days per week. She does something different every day, from swimming and cycling to resistance/weight training and fitness classes, and works with a dietitian.
Jenny credits her fitness trainers, husband, coworkers, friends, doctor and clinic staff for providing the support she needed. It was her own resolve, however, that turned things around.
“I’ve been extremely regimented and made a lot of difficult changes,” she said.
Today, her diabetes is in remission. She’s lost more than 120 pounds and may soon be able to go off medication entirely. She’s even considering training for a triathlon.
“Taking care of your health is so important,” said Jenny. “The rewards of good health will positively impact your life and the lives of those around you.”