After some false starts, she found Atlanta Endocrine Associatespart of Atlanta Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition. There, medical director Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity specialist, offers an intensive weight-loss program designed for people with weight-related health problems, such as diabetes. In April 2010, Blasko started on the Decision Free plan. She received low-calorie entrees and shakes, met weekly with nurses who helped her manage her medical issues and with nutritionists who taught her how to put together healthy meals, and she attended regular support groups.
The plan worked, big-time. By February, Blasko had lost 50 pounds. She no longer needed meds to stabilize her blood sugar, or the drug she'd been on for high blood pressure; both were at normal levels. "At my last checkup, my doctor told me I basically wasn't diabetic anymore," marvels Blasko, now 100 pounds lighter than when she started. "I didn't know that was possible."
The end of diabetes?
You read that right: Blasko essentially reversed her diabetes. And, most people with type 2 diabeteswhich afflicts 1 out of every 10 women in the U.S.could do the same, according to Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. "We've been treating diabetes for 40 years by adding more and more medications, with no big improvements," says Dr. Hamdy. "But if you act early, keep the weight off, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can put this disease in remission forever."