Some 20 years ago, I was diagnosed as diabetic. It had started with frequent urination and just before my doctors appt, my vision went blank. From that day on, i was put on different medications, switching types to progressing to "cocktails" to injectables. All the while I WAS TRYING MY BEST AT EXCERCISE AND DIET! I tried Atkins, South Beach, Dr. Shintani's Hawaiian diet, just about all except for packaged meals. In the end, I was injecting 5 times a day and taking 7 orals including cinnamon and chromium. Then I heard about the "side efects" of gastric bypass roux en y surgery. However it was/is only availiable to morbidly obese people, of which I was not. My BMI was like 29 below the cut off. After much letter writing by my primary phycian, my cadiologist and my opthamologist, emphasizing long term costs and negatiive health conditions with diabetes, my insurance finally approved the procedure. On May 12th, 2010 I had the procedure done. By 2pm same day I was up and walking and was off all diabetic medications except for the 1000 units metformin twice a day. By day three I was down to 1000 units metformin daily. I have been tapering off metformin and Feb 2011, I ended metformin. My glucose runs about 125/130 which is where my medical team wants it for now. I have lost weight down to 184 and am 72 1/2 inches tall. The side effects of the surgery has been totally rewarding. Yes, rewarding. Ino longer have arthritic pain and no longer have gouty attacks, and I have been over indulging in shell fish, organ meats and all the uric acid stuff. I guess I am making up for the 25 years of abstainence. My "numbers" are all good, energy is like sky high, all perfectly timed as I also just retired. I wish I had done this 20 years ago, have no regrets and did not have any 'suffering' kind of side effects. I was walking in excess of 10,000 continuos steps a day, but cut back as my medical team advised me to plateau my weight for at least 6 months. And I do eat carbs, albeit small amounts which is all my tiny stomach will allow. I will always be a diabetic, but in excellent control.
I understand that the govt is considering lowering the requirements for this surgery as the benefits blow away the negatives.
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