Medicines can’t correct all problems from obesity

People who are overweight are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.  The first three can (and should be) treated with medicines rather than left untreated.  However, many of the medicines have other side effects.  For example,  studies show that statin drugs used for treating high cholesterol are, on average  beneficial, but may increase diabetes.  A new study says that they increase fatigue.  That’s a bad deal – less activity is hardly conducive to weight loss!

I used to have high blood pressure, prediabetes, and sleep apnea.  But they’re all gone – and I’m off almost all meds – after 125 lbs weight loss.  Most importantly, I feel so much better and have so much more energy!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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  1. “Statin users are more than 50% likelier to develop age-related cataracts, according to the results of a new study [1]. And type 2 diabetics who use statins are at even greater risk of cataracts, report investigators.”

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