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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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The scale, friend or foe?
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Most of us struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as we get older. If you're overweight, you can reduce the risk of pre-diabetes by losing weight — even 5 percent to 10 percent. If you have diabetes, weight loss can improve blood glucose control and reduce medication requirements.
"The Mayo Clinic Diet" book recommends you weigh in twice a week and keep a record. Most weight loss programs don't recommend weighing in daily because weight fluctuates somewhat day to day. Daily weighing can be discouraging and isn't an accurate indicator of weight loss.
Morning is usually the best time to weigh yourself, because variations in food and liquid consumption affect weight through out the day. Shoes and clothes can add 3-5 pounds.
Use only one scale to base your weight loss and leave it at that. There are two types available — digital and mechanical. The digital scale generally has larger numbers and is easier to read. Mechanical scales with needle dials are more fragile, seem to wear out faster, and tend to be less accurate than digital scales. Professional scales found in gyms and doctor's offices tend to be more accurate than those designed for home use.
Check out "Consumer Reports" or "Good Housekeeping" for reviews on the best scales.
How often do you weigh in? Do you love or hate your scale, or maybe it's just the numbers? Remember, your weight loss efforts are more than just a number; it's a focus on a healthier life.
Regards and have a good week,