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What my doctor told me

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This week, I visited my doctor to get the results of a series of preventive care lab tests. The purpose of these tests was to assess my health status and help me understand my risk factors for disease. Many of the measures I understood, such as the A1C test and thyroid panel. There were also other tests that assessed my risk for heart disease and other ailments. After reviewing the results, my doctor told me I had "inflammation". Huh?

Apparently, when we gain weight, the excess fat on our bodies doesn't just take up space. It is metabolically active and negatively impacts all of systems. We are familiar with how it contributes to high blood pressure and diabetes, but apparently it also releases hormones that cause "inflammation". Our bodies become inflamed when we are trying to heal from damage. When our bodies endure sustained damage, the inflammation becomes constant. The blood test I took measures whether or not your body is under siege from constant and chronic inflammation. Mine is.

Trouble is, I don't know exactly what is causing mine. It could be the bursitis in my hip, for all I know. But one documented cause is excess weight. Translation? My doc confirmed that my weight loss journey is NOT over. "Get that BMI under 25," she said, matter-of-factly.

She also said I needed to eat more omega-3 rich foods, and take a multivitamin and a baby aspirin a day. I also need to exercise 150 minutes a week.

I hate to whine, but I do a lot of it when I blog, so bear with me:

You would think that after losing 50 pounds that I wouldn't be dealing with "inflammation." It makes me feel like I've climbed a mountain, reached the apex, looked out on the horizon and saw 20 more mountains between me and my destination.

Twenty pounds shouldn't sound like so much, but since it's all I have left to lose it seems like a lot because it's going to take awhile. Some days it does seem discouraging--especially when I've been only half-way focused and just barely staying on program.

Nevertheless, I stocked up on veggies at the store, bought my vitamins and baby aspirin and hit a zumba class. Not because I'm feeling especially motivated, but just doing what I need to do to inch forward--even if I'm just crawling.

Onward and downward.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKLE1908 11/12/2012 1:59PM

    Every inch is an inch closer to your can do this...take care of yourself and follow your routine so you can get the results you deserve!

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SONYALATRECE 11/11/2012 9:51PM

    Milestones you've made, success is yours, and emoticon in Jesus name!


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XANGELSTEARZX 11/11/2012 7:34PM


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MPLANE37 11/11/2012 1:46PM

    Don't get discouraged! You have come a long way, you can surely go the last distance...

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HANDYV 11/11/2012 12:45AM

    emoticon Keep your chin up and focus - but don't STRESS emoticon

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BOBOBOBBI 11/10/2012 8:45PM

    I never heard of this either.I can relate, though. After I lost about 50 pounds I had a horrible pain in my foot for weeks, and ended up going to the dr to find out I have Plantar fasciitis. Apparently losing weight can cause it because I walk on my feet differently (my thighs are smaller)... so i totally understand the extra 20 hills!

Stay positive, and the next thing you know-- those 20lbs will be gone! Best of luck!

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FLEURGARDEN 11/10/2012 6:19PM

    You can do it - I know you can!

Just think how bad your inflammation probably was before you started losing weight. I didn't realize they could test for inflammation, but I have read a lot about how it causes health issues. It's great that you know your status and are working towards eliminating your inflammation and living a long, healthy life.

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KRISZTA11 11/10/2012 4:39PM

    Huh... I never heard of this, weight loss / excess weight causing inflammation...
I hope healthy eating, aspirin, vitamins and exercise make it go away soon.
Don't be discouraged, you made a fantastic progress already, and you don't need to hurry with those last 20 pounds. Take your time and enjoy the journey!

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