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Diet changes lead to new life for Oklahoma City man with diabetes

Brady Dixon, a 29-year-old Oklahoma City resident, was diagnosed with diabetes in August after a health screening at work. Dixon decided to be proactive and change his diet.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 6, 2014

Brady Dixon’s first thought when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes was of his grandfather, giving himself a shot in the stomach three times a day.

“I absolutely was not going to let that happen, no matter what I had to do,” Dixon said.

Dixon, a 29-year-old Oklahoma City resident, was diagnosed with diabetes in August after a health screening at work.

Test results showed that his blood sugar was too high, and his A1C, which tests a person’s blood sugar over the past three months, was at 10.1. A normal A1C level is below 5.7 percent, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Dixon decided to be proactive and change his diet. He had an acquaintance who has diabetes and didn’t want to stop eating king-sized candy bars. “I’ll just take more insulin,” he told Dixon. A few months later, doctors had to amputate one of the man’s feet.

“I've had enough examples in my life to know there’s no sitting around,” said Dixon, whose grandfathers both had diabetes.

Dixon was born underweight and stayed that way until kindergarten. But then he had a severe asthma attack and was put on steroids. From there, he gained 30 or 40 pounds as a kindergartener.

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