Tuesday, July 09, 2013
You see it all the time regarding diets and exercise: see your physician. Next month, I'm seeing my new doctor at a new clinic for my annual physical, then my "old" cardiologist for a twelve month follow up. I trust she'll be happy that I've had another uneventful year, just a little lighter. For the record, I have reviewed my diet with my primary physician every year and had the appropriate blood lab work done, fasting glucose in particular. Fortunately, all my numbers are good. I don't smoke so other than that heart attack and my weight, I'm in reasonably good health for 64.
Said primary physician has expressed some general concern about how fast his patients try to lose weight. He personally recommends low and slow, around 1 lb a week if that. He contends that's better in many ways, like allowing your skin to tighten up better and getting your life style closer to what it will be at goal weight. Sadly, he is moving on, but it will be interesting to now get a second opinion from my new one.
Yesterday's paper brought this subject to mind, that people are increasingly guilty of self-diagnosis, a prime example being the current anti-gluten fad. Various self-interested practitioners and food manufacturers would have you believe that wheat breads that go back to Moses are now evil. The real disease, Celiac disease, affects about 6 per 1,000. It's symptoms are acute. If you have it, you'll know it, and your doctor can easily test for it. There is no need to guess or heal thyself.
So, given the challenges of weight loss, be especially diligent in seeing all your doctors on schedule, including your dentist and the eye doctor, too.