It’s been a while, so I thought I’d update everyone on my progress related to getting healthy. I was suppose to have my appointment with my healthcare provider this week to get my blood drawn, check blood pressure and discuss further hormone treatment – i.e. my four-month check-up. But, of course, I caught the flu from my lovely daughter and thought I’d spare everyone in the doc’s office the chance to join me in misery. Kind of a bummer, because I’m feeling really optimistic that my test results are going to be great.
How do I know? Well, I feel better than I have in years and even though I have not weighed myself . . .my pants are loose. In fact, every day for the past couple of months I’ve walked at least 5 miles (10,000 steps) and the last month have walked between 7 and 14 miles a day. I’m a Fitbit groupie and actually cried when I accidentally flushed it down the toilet last month. Thank goodness Target is right down the street and I was able to only walk about 500 steps/10 minutes until I was back on track with a new one.
Before I got started down the treatment path to address my insulin resistance, high blood pressure, hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue—I would have been napping or sitting on the couch surfing the net. Maybe it’s all in my head, but maybe the supplements and insulin-resistant eating plan are working? I know for a fact that my blood pressure is in a healthy range because I check it every day. So, I’m off the medication. Even the water pill! No more puffy ankles. Phew!
So, the next available appointment is the first week in December. I’m excited. I don’t think I’ll have to go on Metformin—a prescription medication that controls blood sugar. My provider has put me on a natural supplement called PGX that theoretically does the same thing. It might be worth asking your health care provider about it if you are insulin resistant. In case you are not familiar with PGX, here is a little information:
PGX, or PolyGlycopleX, supplement is a trademarked blend made from three water-soluble fibers: konjac powder, sodium alginate and xanthan gum. These three polysaccharides combine to form a viscosity, or thickness, three to five times higher than any known individual fiber, according to a clinical trial published in the February 2009 issue of “Nutrition Journal.” Researchers have studied PGX for use in food and as a dietary supplement.
PGX is used in number of ways—1) stabilize blood sugar 2) dietary fiber supplement 3) to lower triglycerides. Of course, the jury is still out. And, for me, will be in when I get my blood test results next month. Stay tuned. . .
In the meantime, I’m going to keep up my quest to achieve better health. I hope you will continue to follow along, living and learning right by my side.