Mercy patient achieves diabetes remission by using food as medicine

12/5/2023 – “I can do things that I could not do two, three, four or five years ago,” Gerald Calaway said.

Food as medicine. It’s become a passion for one doctor at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

Dr. Philip Clerc, with Mercy Endocrinology, is using it to treat Type 2 diabetes and is seeing remarkable success.

For patient Gerald Calaway, 84, it’s completely turned his life around.

Years ago, something as simple as a step was impossible for Calaway.

“I couldn’t walk from the bedroom to the kitchen. I didn’t have the energy. I literally didn’t have the energy,” he said.

Calaway has lived with Type 2 diabetes since 2006 and always did a good job of controlling it, until it got out of control and medicine was doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to do.

Eventually, Calaway’s A1C got up to 8.3.

“They put me on metformin. Metformin almost killed me,” she said. “I didn’t want to get up out of bed. I just didn’t have any life energy at all.”

That’s when Calaway’s wife gave him the idea to go see an endocrinologist. He met with Dr. Clerc and learned he could swap the pills for food.

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