I happened across this image while looking for another and thought it might be interesting to address these issues and how they apply (or don't apply) to me. I think we all know there are benefits to losing weight. We know we'll feel better, have more energy, and likely prolong our lives if we choose to improve our health. Those that haven't experienced obesity, may not be aware of all the ways it can directly affect you. Of course, not every issue is listed here. I just found that a lot on this list do/did apply to me so this is what I'm using. I am also still "morbidly obese" by BMI standards, but have already experienced much improvement and am looking forward to feeling even better. If I skipped the issue or ailment, it's because it doesn't or hasn't applied to me at all.
Migraines: I still experience the occasional headache but DO NOT experience severe
headaches or migraines regularly anymore. I use to take Ibuprofen almost every morning and often throughout the day to keep my head from hurting. Though I still have a lot of fat to lose, I'm sure my clean eating and nutritionally rich diet coupled with regular exercise prevents most of my head pain.
Pseudotumor Cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition in which the pressure around your brain increases, causing headaches and vision problems. The name means “false brain tumor” because its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors.
This is not something I have experienced myself...that I know of. My vision has become quite poor over the last few years but I attribute that to using Phentermine a few years ago in my last attempt to lose this weight.
Type 2 Diabetes: Fortunately, I have avoided diabetes so far. I'm not quite sure how because my diet was poor and my weight was high, but I have been spared thus far. Diabetes does run in my family so I'm doing my best to change and improve my condition before it can take me over.
Venous Stasis Disease: Because of my weight gain I have been very sedentary. This has led to complications in my lower legs. I have experienced symptoms of VSD like redness, discoloration, swelling, etc. When I was in the hospital last year they did numerous ultrasounds to check for clots. Fortunately, I didn't have any. I do worry about DVTs. It's one reason I knew I had to change. Most of my lower leg issues are lymph related and not blood related but... I was certainly on this path.
Depression: 55% resolved on this chart. I'd have to say 100% resolved in me. I no longer feel helpless and hopeless. I had become so depressed that I started to feel like, if I could just pass peacefully in my sleep, that would be easier on me...and those that had to deal with me. I felt useless. I said on several occasions that I didn't want to be here (mortal on earth) any longer because it was too hard and too painful. I no longer feel this way. I feel vibrant. I feel strong. I feel capable. I'm still fat and have a long way to go, but I feel like I can improve a little each and every day and want to see that happen.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: I've never been for a sleep study. I probably should but...meh. I do snore but for the most part, feel rested when I wake in the morning. I'm hoping with improved health and even more weight loss this will just keep improving.
Asthma: I had minor asthma but I haven't needed and no longer use my inhaler.
Stress Urinary Incontinence: I wish I could write about GERD and skip this one but it definitely applies. I was so heavy and there was so much weight applying pressure to my bladder that I struggled in the mornings to make it to the toilet in time. I was squeezing and holding as much as I possibly could but the weight would win out and I would leak when my bladder was full. THIS SUCKED! You shouldn't have this issue at 43. Now, I no longer have this issue. Though I still have a long way to go, I have taken off enough weight to fix the pressure problem.
Degenerative Joint Disease: My poor knees and ankles. While I still deal with pain in these areas, it is improving. Working out in the gym and building strength in the muscles so my poor joints aren't doing all the work has been very beneficial. Honestly, I don't know how my ankles even hold all this up.
Quality of Life: I'm still working on the total package but I feel better everyday.
Mortality: Well, I'm still here.
It is absolutely amazing what you can do for your body with good nutrition, exercise, and a positive attitude. I've had doctors want to diagnose me with this and that, give me 'scripts for this and that, treat all my ailments as they exist. I've always wanted to treat the root cause...my weight. I'm finally doing it.
A healthy lifestyle is THE BEST MEDICINE.
"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not." - Carl Sandburg