Real Patients Testimonial: Impact On Health

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Before I got out of the military, I knew, I knew weight was gonna be an issue because I had already started having health issues associated with it. My blood pressure was border-line. I was having issues with sleeping. Sleep apnea started to creep in.

I didn’t realize I had sleep apnea til you know, my husband told me one day that, you know, he thought that I quit breathing, breathing in the middle of the night.

Now I’m having to use a CPAP machine at night.

The tissue in the back of my throat was thicker I guess from being overweight. And it would just cut off your breathing.

I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. And they put me on two high blood pressure medicines.

I did have concerns about potential heart disease especially as my blood pressure became really out of control.

I had to go in once, no it was twice a week for fetal monitoring cause of my high blood pressure. I ended up in the hospital several times because my blood pressure was so high that they were worried about the baby and I couldn’t get my headaches under control.

I just knew it’s, it was not gonna get any better. And the weight was really an anchor. It was holding me down.

When I started working out, I still wasn’t losing weight even though I was starting to get more fit. And that’s when I got diagnosed with having a thyroid problem.

I was probably in my 40s when my thyroid stopped working.

It’s kind of hard cause I feel like I can look at food and gain weight. But it, it comes on so easy. Just doesn’t want to come off.

With the thyroid medication I just stayed at that weight. I didn’t, it would go up a few but I wouldn’t lose anything.

The health consequences that I have relating to my weight is diabetes.

The type 2 diabetes came up and I’m like okay, this is getting a little more serious now.

The way I found out I had to get admitted to ER, I went to a doctors appointment to get a checkup and they had to immediately send me to the emergency room. And at that point I found out I had diabetes. And at that time my blood sugar was like over 600.

Last year, I just found out that I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and it’s like, “Whoa.” And it was a slap in the face.

What concerns me the most is my dad had a stroke back in 2007. He was in his upper 50s and you know, working out on a regular basis but he was still overweight. And he ended up having a massive stroke that, if it wasn’t for my mom actually hear him fall in the bathroom, you know, he could have died.

You know, at a younger age you don’t think much about that. But as you get older, high cholesterol becomes a big issue and you start thinking of the, you know, what can happen with high cholesterol. And so that starts making you think, okay, well what can I do to change this?

I’m afraid that without some kind of, you know, intervention of some sort, I may end up in that same boat.