Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope today finds you bright and breezy and feeling as good as I do. Yes everyone, the blues have passed and my motivation is slowly creeping back into my bones so I must thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and tell you that it must have worked because I feel much much better today…!
So what is it that I didn’t know?
Well if I am being honest, there is plenty I still do not know and therefore plenty for me to learn so today you will understand why I am more than a little blown away by the below image outlining some of the most apparent improvements the body goes through when losing weight….
It really is quite remarkable no?
If we start at the top and work our way down I will explain how each one has changed within me – obviously I can only speak from my experience but I am sure we can assume that you have had a similar experience as well….
Migraines – Never a sufferer although I do suffer from headaches more frequently but I am sure that is to do with dehydration from not taking on enough water due to feeling full most of the time.
Pseudotumor Cerebri – This is the worse sounding of the lot and is basically a “phantom” tumor caused by an increase in fluid pressure inside the skull usually brought on by High Blood Pressure. The symptoms of this can sometimes be as drastic as losing your sight. Again, fortunately because I did not suffer with Blood Pressure issues I avoided this dreadful sounding medical issue.
Dyslipidemia Hypercholesterolemia – Never suffered with any cholesterol or insulin based medical issues.
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – Basically exactly what it says, a fatty liver which I suffered from before I changed my eating habits. Much better now for sure….
Metabolic Syndrome – A combination of Obesity, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes. I was lucky enough only suffer with the Obesity and that has obviously gone since the weight loss.
Type 2 Diabetes – A common ailment in the Obese but I was lucky to avoid it.
Policystic Ovarian Syndrome – Obviously nothing I would ever suffer from….
Venous Stasis Disease – Poor circulation in veins causing blood to pool in the extremities. I was lucky to have excellent circulation all round.
Gout – Lord knows how I never suffered from this because I ate and drank ALL the wrong things for sure…!
Degenerative Joint Disease – Also known as Osteo Arthritis and something I suffer from significantly in my lower back and knees. However, since the weight loss, obviously the cartridge has not grown back but the impact has become much less and therefore the pain reduced so I am from that point of view very much improved by weight loss.
Stress Urinary Incontinence – Obviously related to incontinence due to being overweight. More of a problem for ladies to be fair but I was never one to suffer.
GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, hell yeah! However, mine was caused by the medication I was taking for the pain so as soon as I could I stopped it and wouldn’t you know, it all went away…! I also put it down to losing weight as well because I really never suffer any longer even on the odd occasion I take my pain meds….
Hypertension – High Blood Pressure. As previously stated my B.P was excellent even when 25 stone/159kgs/350lbs so not an issue for me.
Cardio Vascular Disease – Heart Disease caused by reduced blood flow etc. I know I was well on the way to this for sure but was lucky enough to dodged that bullet for sure.
Asthma – I suffered with this on and off, finding it hard to breath on occasion and requiring an inhaler every so often. It was only very mild in my experience so again, another bullet dodged because since the weight loss I have become so much more active and fitter that Asthma is no longer on my radar.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – I suffered from this for many years and had to wear a machine at night which I HATED! I am so happy that this has been kicked into touch (well, returned to the hospital…) and now when I go to sleep, I sleep and wake refreshed.
Depression – Remarkable but I am much brighter since my weight loss. Whether this be down to hormonal change or better self image, I do not know but I love it!
So there you have it. What goes wrong when you are obese and what can be given back when you lose the weight and become healthier once again.
You know it makes sense guys, eat and live healthy and you stand a much reduced chance of suffering from some of the above ailments. I for one know that I am glad to be free of Obesity and its associated issues.
Stay out of the fridge.