Health victories

It’s been a good day for non-scale victories.

This morning was my pre-testing session at my local surgery before my diabetic appointment in two weeks – and I had unexpectedly lost track of time whilst working on a little project.

The surgery is a mile and a half from my house – and when I set out I had just over half an hour to reach my destination. In the past this would spelt disaster – or translated into a journey in the car.

Not these days – I just went for it and trusted that I could make it in time. I know exactly how far and fast I can walk these days, and today was no exception. I really put my back into it and actually beat my current mile record by two seconds, doing the first one in 16.31.

What a GREAT way to start the day!

After I arrived at the doctor’s and announced my presence I took a seat in the waiting room. The last time I sat in these seats (I usually go to a closer surgery in the same practice with different seating) the arms on the chairs were still cutting into my thighs.

Today I sat in perfect comfort with room to move. These seats are no longer a problem!

Then I was called in for my short battery of tests. My extremity checks (to see whether the sensation in my feet has been impaired by diabetes) were all perfect – and the nurses can now also feel my pulse in my feet (they couldn’t find them when they were fat and swollen with fluid a year or so ago).

Then the nurse double takes started.

The first happened when I stood on the practice scales – which are now capable of weighing me! 

‘Wow!’ said the nurse. ‘Have you REALLY lost 12 stone in a year?!’

‘Yep.’ I replied. ‘I’ve stopped taking all of my diabetes medication.’

‘All of it?’ She said, looking straight at me. ‘It says on the notes you were down to two…’

‘Yep.’ I replied. ‘A month and a half ago. The notes are out of date. I’ve stopped all of it. My levels are now in the ‘normal’ range. I’m hoping that today’s blood test will confirm my home tests.’

‘Wow!’ She said again. ‘I truly believe you can reverse type two – and you have shown what you can do with some effort!’ She turned to look at my notes again and paused.

‘You need to watch the drinking though.’ She said, glancing at the notes ‘That’s a lot of units a week. How much do you drink now? Honestly?’

‘Nothing. I gave up in January 2016 – haven’t touched a drop since.’ I said.

‘Wow!’ she said. ‘You completely stopped?’

‘Yep’ I replied. ‘All gone.’

The nurse shook her head and updated the notes. ‘OK.’ she said. ‘Let’s check your blood pressure.’

She wrapped the cuff around my arm, told me not to talk (it affects the results) and started the automatic machine going before she turned away to scroll through my notes. It quickly pumped in some air and the cuff tightened briefly on my bicep before slowly releasing its pressure as it took its readings.

Once finished, it beeped and she turned to look at it. ‘Wow!’ She said. ‘That’s really good!’

‘What is it?’ I asked.

‘124/70’ she said. ‘Thats really good!’ She said again.

Now – I don’t really know much about blood pressure – so after I left the surgery I looked this up. Apparently your blood pressure usually increases with your age – so the younger you are the better your blood pressure is expected to be.

The reasons behind this gradual increase are thought to relate to:

  • Age-related changes in hormone activity and profile
  • An accumulation of poor dietary choices
  • Insufficient physical exercise
  • Atheromatous plaque in the walls of arteries
  • Decreased efficiency of the heart

Researching further I found this chart from the British Heart Foundation. I’ve highlighted my age group in red.

This table will give you an idea where your blood pressure should be with respect to your age.

Men 16-24yrs 25-34yrs 35-44yrs 45-54yrs 55-64yrs 65-74yrs 75+
Systolic Blood pressure – SBP 128 131 133 133 137 140 141
Diastolic Blood Pressure – DBP 65 72 76 76 76 73 68
Women 16-24yrs 25-34yrs 35-44yrs 45-54yrs 55-64yrs 65-74 yrs 75+
Systolic Blood Pressure – SBP 117 118 121 127 133 140 144
Diastolic Blood Pressure – DBP 67 69 72 73 74 72 70

(*Statistics courtesy of the British Heart Foundation. – See more at: http://www.coronary-heart-health.com/blood-pressure-results.html#sthash.TkRsCwPu.dpuf)

I was previously on the borderline for high blood pressure the last time I was checked – now I’m not just normal, I’m better than normal.

I am actually lower than the 24-34 old age bracket!

I’m really hopeful that in two weeks when I get the results of my HbA1c test that my blood glucose levels will still be in the ‘non-diabetic’ range. The surgery is also taking the opportunity to check my kidney function and my cholesterol as well.

The latter has always been a worry, and so far I’ve not made much of an impression in that area of my health. Despite my efforts it’s remained higher than it should be. I want it to be better.

you know what though – despite my worries about cholesterol all of this today just underpins much of what I already know. I’m fitter and healthier now than I have ever been in my entire life and I still have the weight of another fridge freezer to lose.

I left the surgery on a high and spent the rest of the day walking and reading (more on that last bit in my next post) – and as I sit here typing now I’m in a totally amazing frame of mind.

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Yay for non scale victories internet! They’re priceless!

Davey


4 thoughts on “Health victories

    1. Thanks – I’m pretty happy 😊

      I watched a programme on the BBC not so long ago called ‘obesity- the post mortem’ and I was amazed at what high blood pressure had done to the heart of the woman they examined. I had no idea what was going on inside until they literally took this person apart like Lego and showed the damage. If it’s still on iplayer I recommend it. It’s a real motivator if you can stand the visceral subject matter.

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      1. I think I actually need to see this! I’ve managed to put on 12 lbs in 5 days so I need to give myself a metaphorical slap round the face 😕

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