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Informational Sessions on Program to Help Diabetics 

Catherine Pegram

People living with diabetes may have another way to keep their disease in check – even turn it around. It’s called the Wellspring Diabetes Program. It centers on a plant-based diet, teaching people with Type 2 diabetes what to eat and when, along with exercise.Paul Shortall of Hudson learned about it and now wants to share it with others, like Rob Gibbs. He was diagnosed with diabetes in February. Since he’s been on the program, he’s lost nearly 60 pounds and his blood sugar levels are back to normal.Gibbs says it’s a total lifestyle change, but well worth it.”It’s changed not only how I eat but how the whole family eats. And now we exercise. That’s the major key to this. You gotta do both. You can’t not exercise and eat right. You gotta do both.”Shortall says, “If you’re a diabetic or you’re pre-diabetic, the future is grim. You can lose your feet, you can lose your leg, you can lose your eyesight. Most diabetics die of heart attacks. and I don’t want to see people sick”.Two informational sessions about the program are coming up. One is this Thursday, October 1st, at 7 p.m. That’s at the 7-Day Adventist Church in Hermon.The other is next Monday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library.To register, call 478-6711.