LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today is World Diabetes Day, and no one is more aware of the threat of type 2 diabetes than Constance McLin or her bariatric surgeon, Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. Severely pre-diabetic, taking high blood pressure medication, and suffering from sleep apnea, Ms. McLin had seen the devastation of diabetes first hand in the serious health problems suffered by her late father, her mother and brother, who has recently undergone extensive surgery to deal with the threat of diabetes-related blindness.
The former police officer turned high-end wedding cake designer, now married to her former Sheriff's Department drill instructor, was determined to make a change. She selected Dr. Feiz after learning about his outstanding qualifications and record of successful outcomes with lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and other weight loss procedures. After doing her research and talking with Dr. Feiz, it became clear to her that a gastric sleeve procedure was the most direct route to ending her lifelong struggle, the cycle of losing significant amounts of weight, only to quickly regain it.
The surgery worked. At 123 pounds and 5' 4" inches, the newly svelte Huntington Beach resident, 57, is actually one pound below what her height and weight chart says is the ideal weight for women her age. While she is very mindful of the health benefits, the emotional and aesthetic bonuses of permanent weight loss often surprise here. "As kind of a fashion buff, I've always admired thin people, especially models like [1960s fashion icon] Twiggy. About 15 years ago, I bought a vintage Chanel jacket, never thinking I'd ever be able to wear it. I just enjoyed taking it out every now and then to look at it like it was a Picasso. I put it on the other day; it brought tears to my eyes – actually wearing this masterpiece!"
Dealing with weight issues since childhood, Ms. McLin suffered 80 pound weight gains – and gestational diabetes – during all three of her pregnancies, each time losing less and less of her baby weight. Eventually, the "yo-yo" weight losses began to take a toll and she became ever more fearful of the ever-looming threat of diabetes. Even a relatively minor health issue such as varicose veins was a major concern. "Before my laser treatments, my legs looked like a road map," Ms. McLin said.
Now, of course, weight-related health problems, especially type 2 diabetes and hypertension, are largely behind Ms. McLin, and maintaining her weight is far less difficult than she could have imagined previously. "All my life, there was never an internal alarm that told me 'stop' when I'd eaten too much food. Now, after several bites, my alarm will go off and say 'you're done!'"
While marveling at the impact the operation has had, Ms. McLin is also quick to compliment Dr. Feiz and his entire medical team on their help and support, which began at the initial free group consultation. "I thought they were amazing. Very, very knowledgeable; very, very professional. I always felt like an important individual; they cared!"
To fight diabetes and take control of your health with the doctor for a gastric sleeve, bypass, or lap band Los Angeles turns to first, visit www.drfeiz.com or call Dr. Feiz & Associates at 800-868-5946.
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