The Sweet Taste of Healthy

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page

Ronald Miller


For Ronald Miller, the first sign of trouble appeared about five years ago when he was waking up repeatedly in the middle of the night.

“I couldn’t stay out the bathroom at night,” says Ronald, who’s now 58.

He was working a physically demanding job as a warehouse manager. After long days on his feet, he thought nothing of polishing off two-liter sodas at night. He also used to eat a lot of fried foods and never passed up the Krispy Kreme on Plank Road when the “fresh donuts” light was on.

Eventually these choices caused weight gain which increased the risk for diabetes. When he was 53, Ronald was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. While healthy individuals have an A1C blood sugar level of 5.6 or lower, his was 12.7.

“I’ve known other people with diabetes, but I never thought it would be me,” says Ronald, who played several sports at Istrouma High School and stayed active most of his life.

When he was diagnosed with diabetes, Ronald’s doctor put him on daily insulin injections to control his blood sugar. With the help of LSU Health Baton Rouge MidCity Clinic, a division of Our Lady of the Lake, Ronald made important lifestyle changes. Those changes led to the biggest improvements to his health.

Nurses and dietitians at the clinic taught him how to count his carbs and choose healthier carbs. They also encouraged him to get more regular exercise.

Instead of eating fried foods he now opts for broiled meats. He learned that foods that convert to sugar can still be eaten as part of a healthy meal plan as long he has the correct amount of carbohydrate servings at each meal.

“I turned into a rabbit,” he says with a chuckle. “I eat a lot of salads and vegetables.”

He also started walking every day. “I live by a golf course, I walk all the time,” he says.

He lost weight and, within six months, lowered his A1C to 5.2.

He still takes insulin but is much healthier today thanks mainly to watching what he eats. It can still be a challenge sometimes, but because the clinic staff taught him about his disease and its effects on his body, he feels stronger and more disciplined about making healthier choices.

“I don’t rip and run like I used to, I walk,” Ronald says. “You have to have willpower and pay attention to what you’re doing. Everybody’s going to slip, but it’s about moderation. You get lighter and you get more energy.”


Are you concerned about your blood sugar levels? Contact one of our clinics for an appointment:

  • LSU Health MidCity, 1401 N. Foster Drive: 225-987-9000
  • LSU Health North, 5439 Airline Highway: 225-358-2280
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page