Channel, as well as old logging equipment, leave Wendy Norris's family field, close to the county seat of Altamont, Tenn. Recently used part of & # 39; a local wood brewery, and the quiet tools are relics of a time where health is hard to find their way from the fastening of wood boards.
"I was nine months pregnant," says Norris. "I and my husband stayed 10 or 15 kilometers in the middle of now, in a tent, a long time."
These public adventures are just a reminder. A few years ago, when Norris was 40, the feet began to hard. They first took it from & # 39; all day on their job to a care center.
"But it wasn't," she says now. "It was this neuropathy, where I was." [blood] Sugar was high and I didn't know. "Norris developed Type 2 diabetes.
Grundy County, Tenn., Has a long list of public health, and Type 2 diabetes lists. The province is strikingly beautiful; It also has one of the lowest life expectancy in & # 39; e region.
Norris was relatively active. She also enjoyed seeds, wounds, and female dinners. Meanwhile, diabetes is in her family. So, if you have diabetes Diagnosis came down, her doctor pressured her ininsin shot and told her to see what she ate.
"You will think of it, well, what does that mean?" Norris says.
Type-2 diabetes can be replaced with weight loss and awareness; But research has shown that people need a lot of help to reach control over blood glucose with just a change in food and lifestyle, and they rarely get enough support. It is easier for doctors and patients to rely on medicines in particular.
Norris says she tries her diabetes by getting her own was maybe and hard. And if things don't change, the doctor's dose of insulin is getting.
But then Norris lost her health insurance. The injectable insulin costs one hundred dollars a month – money they just don't have.
Fortunately, like a couple of nurseries, it's members of their community to help – not with cash, but with cross-party support.
At a nonprofit Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, a non-professional clinic set up in 2010 to volunteer or low-cost areas without concern for the area, Norris was introduced to an alternative approach of their type 2-Diabetes – and the perspective to always return their diagnosis.
A police officer on a mission
In a former one Parsonage in a clinic, Karen Wickham teaches batch as a handful of participants at & # 39; a night's health care to arrive.
They and their husband, Steve, are white hairs, semirated medications that have dedicated their lives to what they call "diabetes reversal." They offer six-week seminars to Type 2 patients such as Norris, who also brought her father and daughter.
"It's our goal," Karen says. "Our goal in life is to try to make a difference – first in our community."
With slide presentations, the Wickhams explain the difference between sucrose and glucose and the science following the fact that eating as potatoes spikes blood-sugars, while sickly potatoes do not. They preach eating as much fiber as a stomach can and fall all kinds of sugary drink.
Then she gives indications to burn all calories. At one night, Steve strives to get the "Beersheba Boogie" on the farm, ask the participants to get their knees up and the feet on & # 39; to throw a plate.
All people have to find a way to get active, because there is no gym anywhere. There is no good bakery nearby, so healthy cooking can become a real role. Show these common changes why they can be contrary to people's health in domestic America. But the Wickhams are working to overcome this barrier.
Steve asks for applause as part of their final health statistics – "Going down her blood sucker! Give her a hand."
If it sounds like an upcoming meeting, it is kind of. Steve and Karen Wickham feel that work as part of their Christian beliefs as purposeful advocates – members of a nomination is known for a focus on health.
"I think God holds us accountable for life in the midst of this people and doing nothing," says Steve.
The Wickhams originally moved to Grundy County to provide for deceptive parents, and they built their dream home there. They plant whole salts, nutrients, and plates to satisfy their vegetarian diet – a feeding community in the seventh-day season.
But once settled in the back of the mountain, the Wickhams broadened by the national health of Grundy County: The 13,000 province runs as the least health in Tennessee, through one annual measure. Grundy County has the shortest life expectancy in diabetes and diabetes (16 percent of adults), which can ultimately result in blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
"I took so long for diabetic patients, and I knew the progress," Karen says. "If you want people to get better, you should treat it with handled interviews."
Of course, the entertainment of jeie and activity level is the answer, but these changes are difficult to get started and even harder to keep.
"No one, in fact, will make any possible changes you make," says Steve. "But if you make the kind of choice you bring to a healthy lifestyle, you will get better."
A more hopeful message
With their life description, the Wickham always disclaims, advises people to consult with their doctors about their conditions and their treatment. They also acknowledge that their seminars have not yet been "proven based" or included in peer-reviewed scientific literature. It is one of the reasons that they do not get registered subscriptions to fund their program right away.
But there are studies showing that people with squamous blood levels in "prediabetes" can recover from normal blood sugars by losing 5% of their body weight.
And weight loss and exploitation are already being seen to make lower hemoglobin A1c levels, where doctors use to check a patient's blood sucker over two to three months.
Besides research by Dr. Roy Taylor of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom is the promise of true forgiveness.
"There is simply no information about diabetes," Taylor says.
Most studies provide Type 2 diabetes, in most patients, but in many one direction. But Taylor says these studies are also involved in getting people who are not typical of diabetics.
"Daughters tell their patients," You have a life-long condition, we know it's about silence worse. "Then they turn up, and their patients leave no weight or do, but they have offered them this trusted message," he says.
Taylor's research finds that if a patient releases 30 pounds or so, diabetes can be brought back to his early stage. Taylor describes a fierce diet and limited execution – at first – so that appetite does not stimulate. People with Type 2 diabetes should lose fat from delivering and panking.
Ultimately, Taylor will hope for better nutrition, the occurring reaction to high blood sucker in the coming decade.
"I think the main corners [against progress] are just conceptual – from scientists and doctors you believe it's a lonely condition because of what we've seen, "he says.
Even the American diabetes association has changed its geniuses. The group has a new position on type 2 training: "If a patient wants to target type 2 diabetes removal, particularly within 6 January of diagnosis, evidence-based weapon management programs are often successful."
John Buse, leader of endocrinology at the University of North Carolina's medical school, helped get the history of & # 39; an American diabetes association. "We know, probably since the 17th century, that the diet is the key to controlling diabetes," he says.
However, it is difficult to write a life change journal.
"Doctors have no time to do it well, so we often use the type of short writing", he says. "Eat less carbohydrates and go every day. & # 39; That probably doesn't affect you."
The Wickhams do their part with the scientific data, following the blood of other participants in their program. And even the anecdotal, short-lived evidence that has been collected so far, resonates far beyond Grundy County, and they are increasingly traveling.
The couple sold their retirement home to sell, so they can say yes to all the invitations they've received, mostly through seventh-day advocacy groups, to launch their program to other communities around the United States to present.
Meanwhile, Wendy Norris says the perspective of coming back from Type 2 diabetes has changed her whole health perspective.
"I felt that I would once take the rest of my life three or four times," she says. "I already have one already."
This story is part of NPR's report partnership with Nashville Public Radio and Kaiser Health News.