Genetics can really throw some HUGE rocks your way. I, for one, am a recipient of a myriad of health-related risk factors due to my genetic make up.
High Blood Pressure. High Cholestrol. PCOS. Insulin Resistence. Obesity. blah blah blah.
One thing I have escaped, thus far, is diabetes. The IR I mentioned above is simply a result of the PCOS. Both of my parents are now diabetic. Mom was diagnosed yesterday. :-(
Both of my parent's mother's were diabetic. Double whammy. Now both of my parents are diabetic.
I am 5'1 and need to lose about 80 pounds... at least. I think I am screwed. LOL
Today I head to the cardiologist. I am excited to finally talk to someone who can shed some light on my situation. My doctor is Dr. Honan with Cardiovascular Associates. His resume is impressive (yes I looked it up) :
Cum laudeUniversity of Alabama School of Medicine Birmingham, AL, 1983Internship/Residency:
Internal MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurham, NC, 1983-1986Fellowship:
Cardiovascular Disease Duke University Medical Center1986-1989
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1986
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Cardiovascular Disease, 1989
I also read he is the past president of the American College of Cardiologist (or something like that.)
He has also worked as a media spokesperson for me for the American Heart Association - he is on our board of directors, and when you ask anyone who the best cardiologist is in a city full of top hospitals in the nation - Dr. Honan's name comes up over and over.
Here's hoping I can finally get the blood pressure under control. Here's hoping I can get the weight under control. Here's hoping.