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Delores: Part 1

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????So you want to start something new! Are you a self-starter, or do you need a little motivational input? Are you beginning your project with advantages, or disadvantages?

Delores wasn’t interested in fitness, so when she was forced to begin a fitness program via health issues, she had little motivation and a number of disadvantages.  In fact, she had enough uncomfortable disadvantages to excuse herself immediately from the program, which she promptly did. Enough of that! Her diabetes could be controlled by the medication she spent her hard-earned money for. Besides, she had only recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so all she needed was a pill to control it. She could just take the pill in the morning and forget about diabetes.

Problems arose, though, like all quick fixes, and became pretty frustrating. The dosage for the medication remained constant, but Delores’ condition did not. Like most Type 2 Diabetes, it gradually advanced in severity. The cluster-flock of symptoms; high-blood pressure and cholesterol as well as abdominal obesity, grew in scope. Soon Delores needed higher dosages of blood-pressure medication, as well as the statins she took to lower her cholesterol. Some of the medications gave her side-effects, and she was forced to endure yet another change of medications. Delores thought the doctor nagged her about losing weight, and knew the woman probably didn’t understand the real physiology of obesity. She HAD tried to lose weight! She felt like she’d been ‘on a diet’ for most of her life!

Delores felt that dieting took a lot of pleasure out of her life. Her passion and hobby was cooking and baking, and she was very good at it. She had worked in the catering business for 20 years, and people had loved her delectable cuisine. She had also managed restaurants famous for fine meals. She and her husband loved to visit good restaurants and were connoisseurs  of fine wines.

Delores thought that diabetes was robbing her of what she loved. She wanted to be healthy, but she resented being asked to become a different person! Delores’ doctor was a strong, young woman of 40, gung-ho, out to save the world, one diabetic at a time. She discussed Delores’ rapid breathing, noting that she often took two shallow breaths instead of one deep breath.  She stated the possibility of COPD with chronic obesity , and suggested Delores again  join an exercise group! No one wants to be told what to do with their own life at the age of 60, and Delores didn’t, either!

But here are the dismal facts, friends. Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests. 

The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 inches or more showed a 72 percent increased risk of developing the lung disease, compared with people who had a normal waist size.
COPD, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.
“It is already known that COPD may be prevented by avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke, air pollution and occupational dust damaging the lungs,” said lead researcher Gundula Behrens, from the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Regensburg in Germany.
“But maintaining a normal waist circumference and recommended levels of physical activity may also decrease the risk of COPD,” Behrens said. Newsmax Health.
Delores felt angry and frustrated by the doctor’s response. She was seeing a doctor to get assistance with her medical issues, not to make them a do-it-yourself project!
However, doing-it-herself was not a new concept for Delores. She had built her own catering business from scratch, after getting herself hired at the finest restaurants in town and building a name for herself. She had worked hard and been very successful. Of course, catering and food presentation was her passion. Seeing the results of her work and the satisfaction of her customers with the atmosphere and food she created was very gratifying.
The problem with diabetes was that it just couldn’t be ignored. Delores sometimes felt dizzy and sick, and her knees were beginning to bother her from carrying extra weight. If she could see results  from efforts to become fit, she decided that she might be more interested in the fitness concept.

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