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The Next Steps

Saturday, November 24, 2018


Recently my SparkFriend RKOTTEK asked me this question; "What are your health goals?" I did not realize that I had not clearly defined in my own mind what my objectives are at the moment. I took the time to answer his questions and guess what?
I do have new objectives! Really they are part of the old objective just modified and updated. Here they are.
1. Getting off Type II Diabetes (T2D) medication. My Primary Care Physician told me that if I keep my blood sugar levels low and have another low A1C in April, he will consider taking me off of the Metformin.
2. Naturally lowering my blood pressure. I am doing more with meditation in hopes of getting off of my BP medication Metropolol. I am also starting a regime of drinking hibiscus tea. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because it often has no obvious symptoms and many people are unaware they have it. A 2013 survey by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) found that fewer than half of people at risk for heart disease or type 2 diabetes reported discussing biomarkers, including blood pressure, with their care providers.
3 My husband and I would love to swim in all seasons. Currently, the YMCA is prohibitively too much money for us. I'd like to find an affordable way to swim in all seasons.
4. I don't have a good weight lifting program. I have a few weights at home. I'd like to find an affordable way to improve my weightlifting regime.
5. I have been able to lower my cholesterol numbers in the past. I'm hoping to lower them again, and permanently go off of the high cholesterol medication.

To help me meet these goals, my insurance plan provides me with a nutritionist who I meet with by phone once a month. Also, Richard suggested that I put these goals on my refrigerator. That is what I'll be doing today.
According to the ADA, the combination of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes is particularly lethal and can significantly raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke incredibly. The addition of high cholesterol only makes things worse.
Thank you RKOTTEK for helping me define in my own mind what my goals are. I am more focussed because of you taking the time to ask.
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