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Taking control of her diabetes

Carole Carson
Dan BurkhartBetty Klein poses at the Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting at the Salvation Army Church in Grass Valley May 3.
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Left untreated, diabetes causes irreversible damage. Except for not sleeping well, Betty Klein, 68, of Nevada City had no symptoms. When a routine test detected Type 2 diabetes, she was surprised.

Starting at 1811/2 pounds distributed over a 5-foot-1-inch frame, Betty had lost 25 pounds while participating in TOPS, “Take Off Pounds Sensibly,” before she learned she had diabetes.

She took off another 22, for a total loss of 47 pounds. For her achievement among 62 members, she was named “Queen of the Year” for TOPS Chapter 1739.

Cutting portions in half was critical, along with reducing fat. Betty emphasized fruits and vegetables, and ate more chicken and fish and less fatty meat. She rode a bicycle 6-7 days a week for 35 minutes.

Courageously tackling the problem now, Betty, 70, faces the future with confidence – and she doesn’t have to take insulin.

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