Certified personal trainer Gina Brown coaches Ronnie Turner at Wellness Works where he works out five days a week as one of his lifestyle changes he made to combat diabetes. "I'm amazed at his progress and how self motivated he is," Brown said.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Ronnie Turner has the date etched his mind.
July 11, 2013.
It is the day his entire life changed drastically.
Turner, a 58-year-old Ninety Six native, was rushed to the emergency room after suffering a life-threatening diabetic attack on that date last summer while at work. Since then, however, he embarked on what doctors consider a 180-degree turnaround, managing his condition through exercise and healthy eating.
"The main thing is my mindset has changed," Turner said. "I've learned that I have to start trying to eat healthier. You can eat way too much food. Even when you're on a reduced-calorie diet, it's way too much food for one person to eat."
Turner was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1977 at the age of 22 while he was working the graveyard shift at Greenwood Mills. Turner visited a doctor after his hands started shaking and body began jerking uncontrollably as he was operating a doffer machine.
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