At 61, you can still achieve sustainable weight loss, control diabetes & reverse lifestyle disease.
CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Age: 61 years
BMI: 31.2 kg/m2
Profession: Retired, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Case History: Lalitha, a senior citizen, was overweight and had uncontrolled diabetes despite being on 70 units of insulin for several years. Her children are living in the USA and therefore she was afraid of taking on a nutrition program to support her health as she had to do it all by herself. Her fasting sugar level was at an all-time high of 392mg/dl and that’s when her family convinced her to try a nutrition program. She was also suffering from several other health conditions like BP, thyroid, IBS, arthritis and frequent episodes of fever for which she was taking multiple medications which made her weak and reduce her mobility significantly. Her lipid profile had a lot of parameters outside of the range such as triglycerides of 231mg/dl, which indicated heart risk. She needed to take injections every month to reduce her knee pains and inflammation. Poor gut health and IBS did not allow her to have sufficient fibre in her meals which were very essential to reduce her sugar levels. Her doctor also asked her to reduce 15 kgs to support her health conditions.
Approach by the best weight loss nutritionist, Hyderabad, Telangana, India: In the first stage, Deepika decided to work on her poor gut health and uncontrolled diabetes. She gave her good quality easy-to-digest protein which also aids in the improvement of gut health and reducing inflammation. Viz. mutton bone soup and hemp milk. She also included easy-to-digest vegetables and a part of the IBS green list along with soft whole grains like rice and quinoa. As her sugar levels and pains reduced, she felt more energetic. She asked her to start with 5-minute walks, 100 steps at a time and some fidgeting-based physical activity. It was very important that she maintained positivity around her and hence a nutritionist team would be in touch with her to constantly motivate her, take feedback from her and make modifications to her meal plans.
Results: Within the first two weeks, she was able to control her sugar without any insulin. Her blood parameters w.r.t lipid profile within the first 45 days improved significantly. Her HbA1C without any insulin and minimal diabetic medication reduced to 7.6 in 6 months. This is despite her not able to follow a lot of the lifestyle changes due to personal reasons. Over a period of 6 months, she lost 13kgs with minimal physical activity. Her gut health improved significantly with fewer episodes of indigestion. Earlier she would have indigestion if she ate at parties. She is now able to tolerate a larger variety of food. Her inflammation has reduced drastically. She is no longer required to take knee injections as per her doctor, and her inflammation is in check. She saw a drastic change in her blood reports as well. Her fasting sugar level dropped to 132mg/dl in 2 months and her TG levels came down to 160mg/dl and further reduced to 78 in 6 months. There was a significant rise in HDL levels to 54mg/dl. Her IBS and digestion issues were resolved. Great improvement in her mood swings, hunger pangs and energy levels was seen.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile +91 9491011202
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