Last year, I was 283 pounds. I was just plain fat. My body ached. Anything and everything that was put in front of me, I ate or drank. There was little if no exercise. When you are 58 years old, a family with heart and cancer in it; this type of behavior is a recipe of disaster. Furthermore, I had gout. I had acid reflex; a natural response to the body rejecting the garbage instilled in it. Because I either ached, upset in the stomach, or just plain depressed; that provided an excuse to sit around. I did not care. As long as I went to work, came home, that was fine. My exercise was going up the stairs, assuming the position on the couch, and watching the large screen television.
I went for my annual physical knowing that I would get the usual lecture about losing weight. As with any physical, blood work was taken. This physical was different because the results were startling. Besides the weight, my blood pressure was about 150/100, blood sugar of 170, cholesterol over 300, and triglycerides over 700. Immediately, I was put on Metformin. I was also give prescriptions for blood pressure and cholesterol. At the peak, I was on five or six different prescriptions. Not only that; but my PSA was 6.5. A reading like that would certainly be indicative of prostrate cancer. Fortunately; the biopsy was clear.
I am not sure what prompted me to change. However, I went to a health club. I signed up for what was called the Utopia program. That included more blood work, nutritional support, and a personal trainer. Probably the most interesting part of this journey were the food allergy and cortisol tests. Truly, diet and exercise is a “both/and” proposition. I found out that was I was gluten and lactose intolerant. I also found out that if I ate food that I was intolerant to, it probably did not matter how much exercise I did. I would not lose weight. If you eat food that you are intolerant to, it causes cortisol elevation and inflammation.
Anyway; the next six months cost over $10,000. It is ironic that we have to spend more to eat healthy. Do it though is worth it. I can say that I would not have done this without support. Food is an addiction. It is for me. I know that it involved changing my relationship with food. The point of the story is that a good nutritionist may be as important as a physician. Physicians deal with symptoms. Many of them are not prevention orientated. Please take care of yourselves.