My mom's side has heart disease and stroke. My mom is the eldest of 6...and all her brothers and sisters have already had a stroke (except for my mom...she's 69). My dad have autoimmune disorders (Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis).
I personally have had Lupus symptoms over the past 2 years, but the doctors can't confirm a diagnosis. Then they thought maybe I had MS...couldn't confirm that one either. Since they couldn't figure it out, they wanted to give me Prozac so I wouldn't worry about it. I declined and went to a naturopathic doctor. She's been amazing and so helpful. She checked my insulin and other labs. Most were normal, but the insulin was CRAZY high! Post meals, she wanted me at 15...my insulin was at 195. So, I do know I have metabolic syndrome...and obviously insulin resistance. She said I need to get this weight off to see how other parts of my body will correct itself. And reading a lot of the literature from IP, I can see how high insulin affects (or is it effects...I always get that one wrong) other hormones in the body.
I've been trying to lose weight for a few years now. I've even gone paleo, but for some reason nothing worked (maybe because I had such SEVERE cravings that I couldn't follow a program for more than a day or two.
It's weird...I've made is just over a week on Ideal Protein and I already feel better. I'm finally looking toward the future with some hope now.
Started IP March, 2014
WI #1-#23: -14.4
WI #24: -7.2
#1: 169 lbs by Sept 20 (day before triathlon)
#2: 159 lbs by Oct 20 (day before family visit to South Carolina and Maine)
#3: 150 lbs by Nov 27 (Thanksgiving Day)
#4: 142 lbs by Dec 25 (my Christmas gift to myself)
#5: 135 lbs by Jan 30, 2015
#6: 129 lbs by Feb 27 (my FINAL goal)