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CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Name: Subba Rao
BMI: 24 kg/m2
Case History: This blog is about my dad, Subba Rao. He struggled with obesity for a large part of his life and tried many diet fads along the way but nothing worked. At 6 feet height, he was at 100 kgs for a major part of his adult life. The weight was largely in the belly region. His LDL levels would hover between 100 – 120s at every medical checkup he would get done. At 58, and in the year 2000, apart from weight, other conditions like edema, and psoriasis started showing up as well. As he had studied Animal Nutrition during his graduation, he finally decided to research on healthy weight loss and make serious lifestyle changes in his diet and exercise. In 6 months, he lost 20 kgs and continued to maintain the same weight till now even after 22 years. As for the exercise regimen, he took around 45 minutes of brisk walk every day and as his fitness improved gradually, he moved to jogging and running. Soon he started running for 30 minutes at a stretch. 3 years later, in 2003, he became a gold medalist at the Hyderabad marathon in the 10 k category for senior citizens and was able to complete 10 k in 55 minutes. All along, he went for his periodic medical tests, all his blood parameters like LDL, and BP came back to the healthy range. He soon became an inspiration for the people around him. In 2008, during one of his morning running episodes, his walking partner noticed a slightly different breathing pattern. It prompted him to go for a medical check-up. To the shock and surprise to all of us, his medical reports indicated that he had a minor heart attack during the morning walk. The angiogram later done showed 85 – 90 percent blocks in 3 arteries.
Analysis by best online clinical nutritionist: Dad went through the bypass and came out of it successfully. The research towards heart health took a serious turn post his bypass. As a part of this, he joined Masters course in nutrition at IGNOU as well. Despite LDL and BP, and weight being in the healthy range and was at his fittest best, he wondered why he wasn’t able to reverse his heart health conditions. As he researched about heart health and pursued his masters, he discovered the triglycerides is a very important parameter that indicates the status of heart health, the HDL/Triglycerides ratio, Apolipoprotein A & Apolipoprotein B are important indicators of heart health. He realized his triglycerides over the last several years were in the 250 – 300 range. He, therefore, designed a diet program and moved to exercise regimen that worked on reducing the triglycerides.