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Diabetes: Don’t sugar coat it

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My brother James Willie Brown, Jr. died from Diabetes at the age of 45 after being told he was pre-diabetic (high-risk?). James worked tirelessly for United States Navy for 20 years (Retired Chief Petty Officer) and later worked for Frito- Lay in California and New Orleans. James was a great husband, provider, father, son, and brother. James visited the doctor in Covington, La on a Wednesday prior to a flight to California for Thanksgiving vacation in 2005. Upon returning from California, James was unable to report to work on Monday. On Tuesday, James was transported by private vehicle to the hospital in Covington, La presented with a blood glucose level of around 1500. Sadly, my brother James passed away on that Thursday of complications deriving from a Pre-diabetic (high-risk?) situation a diagnosis given by the doctor. I believe that knowledge is power when it comes to the prevention, and control of diabetes. Given the pre-diabetic diagnosis sugar coats and perpetuates procrastination -"I will self-manage tomorrow". I believe that someone will benefit from James' story and be present in their own change to control and manage Diabetes starting today.



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