When I have to fill out a health survey, I can't ignore that I have nearly every problem that obese people can have: diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high triglycerides--the list goes on and on. It always irks me to be reminded that I live in a sick body, but I continue to persevere in my quest to lose this weight. Yesterday, I had a small victory.
First, I want to say that this might not work for everyone, and I always encourage people to check with their doctors and/or pharmacists to make sure that their medications won't conflict with dietary supplements that are not controlled by the FDA. Having said all that in a giant run-on sentence, I will tell you that I have become a devotee of raspberry ketones. I heard about them, like thousands of others did, on the Dr. Oz show on TV. I tried the green coffee bean extract too, but I got tired of taking so many pills every day and dropped it. At first, I took the ketones and green coffee extract for weight loss. They didn't affect me too much that I could see unless they were helping me keep from gaining when I overdid sweets or something. There was a pleasant result, however, when I began to notice that my blood glucose levels were dipping below 100. For some time, my 3 month score (A1C) had been rising and I would get gentle reminders from my doctor to stick with my diet before my diabetes became a bigger problem. He loves it now since my A1C has fallen back to a "normal" range. I'm always so happy to see my daily readings, because they never go over 115 any more and that's only when I eat a big carb the day before. Most of the time it hovers in the 96-97 range.
I told Dr. McDreamy that I am taking it, and he just smiled and shook his head. I could see that he wasn't a believer, and I'm sure he had heard all the hype about the raspberry ketones.
Then my blood pressure started going down. I had noticed that I often felt light-headed after I took my morning BP med. When I told him about the light-headedness, he said it was probably because I no longer needed the dosage I'd been taking. He's now lowered it to half of the original dose, and I'm going to monitor it every day to see if it holds. I'm sure it will hold or might even get to the point when I no longer need to take it. My goal is to get off of most of my medicines. I hate being chemically dependent on all sorts of drugs, particularly if I can maintain or lower my numbers just by taking the ketone capsules and sticking to a healthy diet.
I know that the ketones are in capsules and they count as a supplement that I take, but there's something to be said for getting off powerful drugs that often have unpleasant side effects. I truly suffered through months of testing, x-rays, and doctor visits when I developed a cough that didn't allow me to lecture in class or even talk without coughing like crazy. It turned out to be a side effect of a blood pressure drug I was taking at the time. Now I'm on a newer, more expensive drug. A friend of mine who is a pharmacist told me one time that the only thing good about drugs is that he sells them and makes his living from it. He said there are no drugs without possible serious side effects. I agree to some extent, but I also know that drugs have helped heal millions of patients. While I think we could do better with diet in our quest to be healthy, we should not decline medicine if it is needed.
I just visualize my doctor being so happy when I lose weight and can stop taking so many meds! Clothes and looking good don't factor in so much for me as they did at other times in my life. I have a lot of challenges ahead, but good health is a great goal to look toward in the years ahead--one small victory at a time.