10 Jan 2018Blog, News Article Diabetes Patient Success Story: Veronica Clanton and Louis Wilpitz 1/4/2018 Harris Health treats nearly 36,000 patients with diabetes and roughly one-third of them have levels categorized as uncontrolled (meaning hemoglobin A1c levels—a three-month average of a patient’s blood sugar levels—are above nine percent). Louis Wilpitz fell into this category when he visited Squatty Lyons Health Center for the first time in June. His A1c level was 10.3 percent. But that changed when he met Veronica Clanton, nurse patient educator I. Veronica invited Louis to her diabetes education classes where he and other patients learn what diabetes is, what causes it and tips on how to manage it. By changing the way he thought about food and adding a little exercise, Louis improved his diet, lost weight and improved his is A1c level to 7.4 percent. Louis offers encouragement to others with diabetes, “You will struggle. You will have good and bad days, but you can do this. There is hope,” he says. “Harris Health staff encourage, motivate and are optimistic, which helps a lot, but they aren’t afraid to give you tough love either. You have to want to do this for yourself.” For Veronica, seeing patients like Louis makes her job satisfying. “It’s encouraging to see the fruits of your labor pay off in a person’s health and well-being,” she says. Follow and like us!