Process helps Edwards lower A1C

Barbara Edwards has been going to OsteoStrong in Farragut since January, and she has seen results from the osteogenic loading process she did not expect.

“I have blood sugar that is considered on the top of normal,” the former Farragut resident said, explaining it is not high enough to receive a diabetes diagnosis, but it is “high enough” to require frequent checks and was considered “prediabetes.”

“The last time I went to my doctor, I was surprised when they told me my blood sugar level was in the middle of normal,” she said.

Matchett said Edwards further explained to her that her blood sugar had dropped by 15 percent during this time frame.

“I haven’t changed anything — not my diet or exercise,” Edwards said.

“The only thing that has changed is that I have been going to see Dee (Matchett, owner of Farragut OsteoStrong) — and I have to think that is what has helped.”

Edwards, who lives in the Chattanooga suburb of Harrison, said she did a lot of research before deciding to visit OsteoStrong.

“I saw where it could positively impact your strength, balance and your A1C levels, and I’m not disciplined enough to go to the gym three times a week, so I thought I would like to try it,” she said.

The Farragut OsteoStrong franchise was the closest one to her, so she began driving about 45 minutes to an hour, one way, for her weekly visits.

“I really love Dee and (Matchett’s son) Ross,” Edwards said. “I love doing the machines, and they are right there with you to help.”

Matchett said Edwards’ experience with her lowered blood sugar is quite typical for OsteoStrong patients.

“Studies have shown that osteogenics lowers the marker for A-1 glucose,” Matchett said, pointing to one in which 21 subjects were able to lower their AIC level by 10 percent by engaging in one osteogenic session weekly for 24 weeks.

Since November is National Diabetes Month, Matchett is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., this Friday, Nov. 16, to help prospective clients see if the OsteoStrong program is right for them.

Information on osteogenic loading and Type 2 diabetes will be available.

Call 423-839-6600 for more information.