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By Elizabeth, a Virta patient

I’m a Native American, and diabetes is rampant in our community. We are constantly seeing the horrors of diabetes, including progressive sickness, blindness, kidney issues, amputations, and sometimes even death. It’s important to me to convey the hope for a healthier life that Virta has brought me to other Native Americans so that they can experience this lifestyle change like I did.

I’ve been married for 4 years to my husband Garry. We are both Chickasaw and we are cultural artists. Together we own a Harley Davidson motorcycle. We enjoy taking it on vacations and weekend excursions and I was very much afraid my diabetes would take that pleasure away from me.

I had so many poor checkups and high A1C results over the years I was discouraged to the point of depression. Garry had already lost a wife to cancer and I could not think what it would do to him if I couldn’t take care of myself. Virta changed my whole outlook for the future.

Last year, I was heavy and sedentary, and that put a lot of pressure on my joints. I weighed 249 pounds. I tore the meniscus in my right knee while we were on a motorcycle ride and had to have a surgical procedure. I managed to lose some weight on my own but it took a year to get down to 222 pounds. But I still felt down, and unhappy about my aches and pains. Then the Chickasaw Nation offered the Virta Treatment to employees with type 2 diabetes and I felt God had answered my prayers.

A New Outlook on My Life and Relationships

In the first six weeks, I lost 17 pounds. It may not seem like a big deal to some people but in my case that weight loss made a great difference and motivated me to lose more, improving my health and attitude toward how I live life. It wasn’t just about losing weight and getting my body to repairing the damage I caused, but it was about the emotional impact that has spread to those around me. I have a totally different uplifting attitude about life, marriage, work, and the future. I was staggering from the weight of all the negatives in my life, and this is all changing rapidly.

Elizabeth, before Virta and 4 months in

I had my annual eye exam recently and the optometrist told me I had two tiny leaks, one in each eye caused by the sugar levels being high in my blood vessels. She said my body has the natural ability to heal those with lower glucose levels; they were like bruises that will heal quickly. I was so thankful it was not worse.

Virta has so many resources to offer, so it wasn’t hard to commit to the program. I believe our bodies were made to operate efficiently on good nutrition and it wasn’t until the science was presented by Virta in their videos, articles and instruction, and the proof in my own body that I could see the benefits of this treatment. I am currently at 205. My goal weight is 130 pounds, so I have another 75 more to lose. I have a choice and am accountable daily to make a difference in controlling my health.

After a couple days of adjusting to meal choices at home, my husband made the comment “What will I do if you get skinny and I don’t?” I replied, “Love me. Cause I’m doing this.” It made me see that he loved me and cared. It made me look at things differently and realize it was my insecurity with myself that caused my doubts. With that realization, I have a more stable outlook and it has made a huge difference in our relationship. I am not reading between the lines on what he really meant by his remarks and we appreciate each other more. My hope is that with the better health for both of us, we will be enjoying many more years in a blessed marriage. Each of our days are cherished and filled with happiness because we know we are doing our best.

I cannot thank Virta enough for the peace of mind and sheer joy this program has brought to me. I no longer dread going in for a checkup. I am no longer taking diabetes prescriptions. No insulin shots! There are no highs and lows in blood sugar, no shakes and confusion. This lifestyle change has not only made my physical future better—it has transformed my whole outlook on life: my emotions, relationships and compassion. I cannot thank Virta enough for creating this treatment.

17 Comments

  1. Very inspirational to many. We have faced problems like this and I have followed some of your advise. It has helped Allen.

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  2. Very inspirational to many. We have faced problems like this and I have followed some of your advise. It has helped Allen.

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  3. Cynthia Contreras May 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you!! I’m on the journey also. I started Jan 30th. Keep up the great work! Your Beautiful!!

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  4. Angela Grady May 9, 2018 at 1:36 am

    What a great inspirational story. Congratulations on your very positive step in your journey. I started yesterday. I’m hoping in a few months I can inspire others.

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  5. Deanne Roberts May 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Thank-you for your story. You are a very good communicator.

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  6. Angela Powell May 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    You are so deserving of these wonderful results, Elizabeth. Thank you for your courage in trying something new and giving it your all.

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  7. I am on Virta. I have lost 20 lbs. in 3 weeks and i feel no aches and pains in my legs and feet. Virta has been a absolute game changer and life changer for me.

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  8. Congratulations! I am so very proud of you.

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  9. Roberta Butler May 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Congratulations!! I am so very proud of you. You are a great role model. I enjoy your encouragement.

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  10. Kathy McKittrick May 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations on your success to becoming healthy. I too started Virta on April 30th and I can’t say enough how wonderful I am feeling! Down 10 lbs and no longer crave the sugar and carbs. My fasting blood sugar has dropped 132 points since I started! I am one happy camper 🙂

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  11. It’s so great to read your story! My husband has also had incredible success with Virta after only 3 weeks. I have insulin resistance as well due to PCOS, not diabetes, and I am reaping the residual benefits of eating a diet similar to his. Congratulations on your success and hard work!

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  12. I’ve not yet started , but I’m so excited about it. All of your stories of progress are incredibly inspiring.. surely I will have a progress story to tell one day very soon…

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  13. The comments are so thoughtful! Thank you so much. We can do this!

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  14. I wonder if they will help me, I’m over weight and I have had gestational diabetes 3 times and I have been on insulin injections one of those times. Diabetes runs like wild fire in my family. I really think if I can lose some weight I can help ward off the dreaded D word.

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    1. Virta Health

      Hello! You can learn more and apply here: https://www.virtahealth.com/thevirtatreatment

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  15. I just wonder if they will help me, I’m very over weight, I have had gestational Diabetes 3 times and I have taken insulin injection 1 of those times. Diabetes runs like wild fire in my family. I just feel like if I can get some weight off I will escape the ugly D word.

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    1. Virta Health

      Hello! You can learn more and apply here: https://www.virtahealth.com/thevirtatreatment

      And if your company covers this benefit, we have a website just for your company with more information. You’ll likely find it in your email.

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