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Teresa Harackiewicz

Teresa Harackiewicz was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in 2006. She first visited the UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence in 2017 and met with Dr. Samir Malkani. Her A1c was 7.5%, which was the highest it had been since her T2D diagnosis.

“I knew I had to do something,” Teresa said. “My major motivation was my husband weighed less than me. He has a fantastic metabolism.”

She began walking on a treadmill after meals, three times a day, for a total of one and a half to two miles per day. She also started to pay attention to everything she ate. Teresa was determined or “pretty stubborn” as she put it, to lose weight and take control of her diabetes by way of proper nutrition and increased physical activity.

Her healthy new lifestyle resulted in losing 25 pounds within the first six months, during which she dropped three dress sizes. As the pounds come off, the more motivated she became. As the weather became nicer, Teresa started walking outside and spending time tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. 

“I feel more alive, more balanced. Sometimes I take a break from walking, but then get right back on track,”  she excitedly said. “Rest if you must, but don’t quit!”

On the 10th of every month, she continues to share her progress with Dr. Malkani by uploading and sending her blood glucose meter test results to him. 

“Even though he’s very busy, Dr. Malkani writes back to me every time, and continues to give me encouragement,” said Teresa. “My blood glucose, blood pressure and other important numbers have come down. Nothing can stop me now!”

"Teresa continues to do fabulously well with her diabetes management," said Dr. Malkani. "When I last saw her in November 2019, her A1c had improved to 5.7% which is now in the “non-diabetes” range! She's a tremendously self-motivated individual who's taken control of her diabetes while I watch from the sidelines to encourage her and monitor her progress."

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