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Marta's Health Story

Jun 6, 2019

A grandmother's spur-of-the-moment decision leads to new lifestyle

Marta Castellanos, screening patient

“Many people take their health for granted and don’t realize something is wrong until it’s too late,” says Marta Castellanos. “I came close to being one of those people.”

It had been months since Marta visited her primary care physician, and one day, she heard an announcement on the radio that Hialeah Hospital was providing free screenings to the community. Knowing that she was long overdue for a check-up, she arrived at the hospital early and was the first person in line.

After registering, the medical staff checked Marta’s blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, glucose level and also whether she was at risk for peripheral vascular disease. She even had a one-on-one consultation with a nutritionist.

As a result of the screenings, Marta found out that her blood sugar was high and she was pre-diabetic.

“Hearing this news felt like a punch to the gut,” she says. “I couldn’t believe I had let myself get to this point. With two sons, five grandchildren and one more on the way, I knew I had to make a major lifestyle change. I wanted to be there for my family as long as possible.”

The nurses and staff at Hialeah Hospital provided her with information on how to lower her blood sugar in order to avoid more serious issues in the future.

“Not only did they help get me on track to living a healthier lifestyle, they did so with a warm and friendly attitude,” Marta says. “I was so pleased with the attentive care I received that I took family members with me to the hospital’s next screening event. Now my sister’s teenage grandson is working on regaining his health as well.”

Since her first visit to the hospital, Marta has lost more than 20 pounds!

“I feel amazing, and even my friends and family members have noticed a big difference in my overall demeanor. Thanks to the free screenings and the wonderful staff at Hialeah Hospital, I am confident I will get to meet my new grandchild and create countless memories with my entire family for years to come.”