Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My War With Genetics and Prescription Meds

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Six months ago I'd had it. Talk about bad genes - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, osteopenia. I'd been on meds for the first two for several years. "You can't fight genes," I was told. "You'll have to take these for the rest of your life."

There were the side effects, all the med switches, blood tests to make sure my liver wasn't being damaged.

So six months ago, I stopped taking the cholesterol pills. My doctor was NOT happy with me. He made me sign a liability waiver.

I started getting more exercise (not as much as I should) and eating a more plant-based diet. Several vegetables at each  meal, some nights meat-free.

My doctor decided to prove his point with a blood test. I was ready for the challenge. And passed! I no longer have high cholesterol, close to the edge, but not in the red.

My next step is to take it to the next level. 5 days a week I'm going to dump the meat, poultry, dairy and go for losing the high blood pressure meds too.

Pre-diabetes and osteopenia, prepare to die!!

How about you? Are you a vegetarian? Has it made a difference in your health?

And if you aren't...I'm inviting you to join me.