Albert Lea Tribune
by Sam Wilmes
On Jan. 21, 2016, former Albert Lea resident Dale Sanchez weighed more than 400 pounds, was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and informed his health was a life-or-death situation. Less than two years later, Sanchez has lost 200 pounds thanks to a change in his lifestyle and diet…He lost approximately 120 pounds by Christmas 2016, 20 pounds more than his 100-pound weight loss goal by that date. Once he lost 100 pounds, he challenged himself to lose 200 pounds and acknowledged his goal was not easily met initially. “It was driving me nuts,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it.” At that time, Sanchez was informed by his dietician, Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietician Emily Schmidt, that his body had entered starvation mode and he needed to eat more. His cousin suggested he start lifting weights.
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Context: Nutrition services involve the assessment of how a patient’s diet affects their health or recovery from illness or injury. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitians cover concerns such as diabetes, weight and cholesterol control and are available to add their expertise to community classes on the subject of diet and helping people obtain a healthier lifestyle.
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