Monday, July 5, 2010

Hasta La Vista Diabetes

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.

28 comments:

Drazil said...

Awww- I love this post. So proud of you.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations. That is awesome news.

-Grace- said...

This is great news Sandy! Congratulations!!

Kinzie said...

That is huge. Great news!

Barbara said...

Great victory!! Gotta take care of that bod.. you need another 50,000 miles out of it.. It is so true that after a certain age we focus on the things that will keep us healthy as the years creep upon us..

Nicole said...

congrats!! I was borderline diabetes and on medicine! not anymore such a great SV!!

Dinnerland said...

Congratulations!!

workinprogress said...

Great news!!!

ONE of the reasons I got the lapband is that both my sister and mother are pre-diabetic.

Good for you for looking after your health.

Lynda said...

That is an amazing victory! So glad that you're starting to get the health results you were hoping for.

Heather said...

This is awesome news! I also got the band to ward off the nasty diabetes. Congratulations. I haven't had a pill since surgery day, my blood sugar has been great. I am just waiting for that A1C test to clear me.

Linda said...

So awesome!!! Diabetes was the reason I finally got the band. My blood sugar has been really good (I haven't taken any meds since surgery). My last A1C was in 6.3 I need to get another one to see if I'm clear.
I'm so excited for you.

Jen said...

That is awesome! I too was borderline Type II diabetic and it's a huge relief that not only is the band doing us good on the outside(appearance-wise) but it's making a huge difference on our insides as well!

Maria said...

That is great news, Sandy!

Gilly said...

Hoo-freakin'-ray!!! You do not want to mess with diabetes! Really, what you've accomplished so far is exactly what you were hoping for! Yay you!!

Band Groupie said...

Great SV's!!! Congrats GF!!!

Nella said...

That is such great news!

Tina said...

wahoooooooooo!!! A healthier life..the best gift this band has given us. I am so happy for you.

THE DASH! said...

Awesome, AWESOME news darl. Congrats - so happy for you!!

Stephanie said...

What great news to hear!! Both my parents developed diabetes when they were older and it was something I wanted to avoid as well. You are doing fantastic and this goes to show how healthy you are getting every day!

Carmen said...

awesome!! :-)

Jennifer said...

WONDERFUL!! Way to go Sandy!

tessierose said...

Great news Sandy!

Pamela E. Williams said...

That is wonderful news!! You are doing well. keep up the good work.

amandakiska said...

That is so FANTASTIC and that baby is too cute!

Cindylew said...

Awesome news pop tart...you are a model bandster and an inspiration to us all.

Bianca J said...

Congratulations Sandy. That is great news!

Joey said...

I love this so much I want to marry it!

Jess said...

I am soooo happy for you!

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