Nan Hilton was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2006 at 23 years old. After years of taking medications and insulin, she made lifestyle modifications resulting in a 90 pound weight loss and she’s no longer on any diabetes medications.
She was newly married and blood tests during her annual physical exam indicated elevated blood sugars.
Her primary care physician suggested diet and exercise, prescribed Metformin and referred her to an endocrinologist at Marlboro Hospital.
“I wasn’t taking my diabetes as seriously as I should have,” said Nan. “I was in my 20’s and took my medication but ate whatever I wanted. The Metformin doses kept going higher.”
That continued for four years until she became pregnant in 2010. Her endocrinologist at the time was not comfortable treating high risk diabetic pregnancy, so Nan transitioned to a team of doctors at Emerson Hospital where she was planning to give birth.