I started gaining weight in the late 90’s and continued on an upward path to my maximum weight of 326 lbs. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes and heart disease. I was on a roller coaster of weight lost and gained, different diets and fads; your typical story of obesity issues. Even after losing 60 pounds, I still had all the health issues and my diabetes got worse. I was taking 12 pills a day plus 4 insulin shots a day. I got to the point where I had just about had enough with all the health issues and knew that I finally needed to do something. That is why I decided to have surgery. I went through the Kaiser Options program and worked with my surgeon to determine the best option. We agreed on the RNY. Surgery was on 9-6-2017 and it went well. I had pain afterwards for about 24 hours and then the pain stared to settle down and subside. I was up and walking and was released from the hospital the next day. The first few weeks were the most difficult of my entire journey. It was so hard that I even began to regret ever having the surgery. Once I was able to start chewing my food rather than being on liquids, there was a major improvement. It was then that I knew I was going to make it. After my first month I lost 30 lbs. and was feeling great, but the next 2 months grew to be difficult; I hit a plateau and didn’t lose much weight. I did have a lot of increased energy so I started exercising more and the weight started coming off. Within 9 months I hit my goal weight and then some. I got down to 163 pounds, which was exactly half of my starting weight of 326! But I was just too small at that weight so my doctor and nutritionist put me on a diet to gain some weight. It has been almost 2 years now and I’m maintaining a constant weight of 178 lbs.
I have been cured of the diabetes and no longer take any medication for it. My primary care doctor is just so amazed every time he sees me and that my labs show no more diabetes.
My Cholesterol went from 345 to 90.
My triglycerides went from over 500 to 95.
My high blood pressure is staying at a moderate 130/70.
I went from 12 pills a day to 3. I have much more energy and I’m super active now.