With Lifestyle or Medications: Dealing with Health Issues
As the last year has gone by, I've been dealing with some health issues that are at least partly related to my weight and my lifestyle. I've been on blood pressure medication since mid-2013, when my readings spiked due to daily physical pain (tendinitis/plantar fasciitis) and grief (death of a loved one). The amounts I am on have gradually been reduced over the last year (probably because the pain is gone and I am no longer in emotional distress), but I'm still taking two different medications.
I went to my doctor recently, he noticed that my blood pressure has consistently been in the 105/65 to 120/80 range both at the doctor's office and on my home monitor. He'd told me to gradually cut down my medications, slowly, as my readings went down. I did so and am on half the dose of Med A and 1/5 the dose of Med B now. He looked at the amounts and said, "that is such a tiny amount! Are you sure you even need them anymore? I don't think you need Med B at all. You can try cutting it out as long as your readings stay low." He also said I could probably get off Med A since it is also a very low dose. Lowering stress had a lot to do with this, but losing weight, eating less salt and sugar, and exercise are the things that are going to keep my blood pressure in the normal range. My goal is to do what it takes health wise to get off these medications soon!
Then there's the blood sugar regulating medication I started in September. It's called Victoza and I give myself a shot in the stomach every morning to keep my blood sugar stable. I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic, but my blood sugar was swinging quite a bit and causing hypoglycemia symptoms when I go too long between meals. I'd get shaky and feel sick, get a headache and feel like I had to eat ANYTHING *right now.* The shots have definitely helped with that! But when I changed health insurance at the end of January, we found that my new policy doesn't cover the shots since I am not diabetic. My endocrinologist and I have talked this month about other options, and she gave me a couple of choices. One of those choices is a different medication; the other is to try and regulate my blood sugar with diet and exercise, by spacing meals 3-4 hours apart, avoiding high sugar foods, and walking or biking 30 minutes most days. She has said that as my weight and fat percentage goes down, my body will be better able to regulate my blood sugar on its own so I don't get wild swings. So I decided to give it a try. She'll keep an eye on my A1C to make sure it's not going up (it was 5.1 last time). I am on my last shot pen and slowly weaning off the Victoza by lowering the dose a little each day. We'll see if I can manage this naturally!
Weight last weekend was steady at 228. We'll see what the scale says again in a couple of days.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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