In my 20’s, I was thin, but smoked heavily. I quit smoking at age 29, and then rapidly put on weight. The weight gain continued every year into my 40’s. Then at age 47 I had a total hysterectomy removing my uterus and ovaries. What would have been instant menopause was averted by an estrogen patch applied in the hospital immediately after surgery with follow-up hormone replacement therapy in the pill form prescribed by my gynecologist. I took a high dose of estrogen daily for the next 13 yrs. I also continued to gain weight.
A few months prior to my 60th birthday, I made an effort to get into shape. I joined the local recreation center with a pool and began water aerobics on a daily basis 5-6 days a week. I also rode my bike to and from the rec center averaging about 50 miles a week.
I considered getting into shape my ‘new job’ and made it a priority. I was feeling great, but even with all this exercise I had not lost a single pound.
So by the end of the year I decided it was time to do something more to control my weight. I saw my primary care physician and asked about gastric bypass. I had read about all the pros and cons and believed after all my other attempted failures at weight loss that it was my last resort. My physician told me that I could not be considered a candidate for gastric bypass until I had demonstrated that I had 6 months of dieting under a physician’s care which was to be carefully monitored. He recommended that I see Dr. Cederquist.
Meeting with Dr. Cederquist was wonderful. In addition to really understanding my failure at dieting, she was able to determine that I had high insulin levels, which if left untreated would quickly lead to diabetes. Her program addressed insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome and the difficulty losing weight with these conditions. This was the first real alternative to gastric bypass that I had seen and I was anxious to begin.
With a program designed especially for me, my weight loss has been steady and at the end of a 12 week period I have lost 30 lbs. This is actually working! My insulin levels are back to normal and I am very optimistic about the next phase of my weight loss.
S. R. age 61
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