Way back at the beginning of January I posted some of the reasons why I was getting the lapband. I saw it as my last chance to lose weight to reduce all the crappy health problems I was heading for, especially Diabetes.
Well today I saw my family doctor and my blood tests are looking good. Last January, my blood sugar was starting to go up and I would probably have been on drugs by now if I hadn't lost the 30 pounds and cut back on the refined carbs. Today, my blood sugar is perfect and so is the HbA1c test which measures a person’s average blood glucose level over a few months. So I do not have diabetes. This is really an SV (Surgical Victory) since my weight would never have gone down without the band.
My doc also said my liver enzymes were getting better (probably because my fatty liver is losing some of the fat that keeps it from working properly). The only downside is that my cholesterol is still higher than normal and my BP has only dropped a bit. He's giving me 4 months to see if we can do something about the cholesterol but I think it runs in my family so I may be on drugs come the fall. I hope that by losing another 20 pounds and continuing with the exercising, I will see some improvement too. I am happy though because this means I have greatly reduced my risk of NOT dying from diabetes related health problems (which was how my dad died).
I hope you will see my story and know that by losing weight you will be avoiding all these health issues that started to pop up after I turned 50. Staying healthy is the best thing I can do for me. But I also want to look and feel good and wear cute clothes. I want to be able to climb a hill and feel like I'm on top of the world. And I want to live long and prosper (look at this cute baby making the sign of Spock!).
That is my wish for all of you. What you are doing now is saving your life. Really.
Sometimes numbers really do tell a story.