Case Study: Weight Loss In A Patient With Lupus
Sandra is a 44 year old lady who came to my clinic seeking help for weight loss. She had been trying desperately to lose weight for the last 8 months and was on the verge of giving up. I really don’t know how she kept at it for so long because in all that time she only managed to lose 3 pounds. Sandra needed to lose approximately 40 pounds in order to improve her health and reduce her risk of disease.
As usual, I asked Sandra to complete a questionnaire because I wanted to know as much about her health as possible. When a person tries to do all the right things with their diet and exercise yet fails to get results, health problems are what’s usually standing in the way.
Sandra had been diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago. She had tried taking the most commonly used drug Plaquenil but it gave her terrible nausea and she just couldn’t bear to take it. So instead, Sandra was on a very low dose of a steroid (5mg of Prednisone). This wasn’t ideal long term but it was helping to keep the lupus at bay. Fortunately, the lupus was mild but it did cause her a great deal of fatigue and poor quality sleep.
Sleep was something Sandra struggled with for a very long time. She said it had been years since she had a decent sleep. Some nights she found it hard to get to sleep while other nights she woke several times. Whichever it was, Sandra never felt refreshed in the mornings.
My recommendations for my patient
Sandra’s diet wasn’t bad. She wasn’t a junk food eater; she ate a lot of vegetables and snacked on fruit and nuts. Sandra’s diet was too high in carbohydrates for her particular metabolism though. She ate bread and breakfast cereal and pasta too often to be able to lose weight. She did have some metabolic indicators of syndrome X in her bloodstream, and the Prednisone wasn’t helping. I asked Sandra to follow the lower carbohydrate eating plan in my book called I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why. I also asked Sandra to replace the breakfast cereal with Synd-X Slimming Protein powder. She could make smoothies with it that would leave her feeling full and satisfied.
Like many of my patients, Sandra was low in vitamin D. A blood test showed her level was only 31ng/mL. I gave her a vitamin D supplement. This would improve her energy, make it easier to lose weight and it would benefit the lupus. Sleep is so critical for weight loss and overall health. I gave Sandra a melatonin supplement to help her fall asleep and a magnesium supplement to help her stay asleep and give her a deeper, more restful sleep.
Because Sandra carried most of her weight around her torso, I gave her the liver tonic Livatone Plus. This would help to make her liver a more efficient fat burner. Another important job the liver carries out is cleansing and purifying the bloodstream. When her liver is working better, Sandra’s energy level would improve.
Two months later
Sandra was scheduled to see me a month later but her mother experienced some health problems, so she had to reschedule the visit. I was really surprised to see Sandra looking significantly slimmer. She beamed when she told me she had lost 15 pounds. Sandra was amazed at how much weight she lost, particularly given the fact she did almost no exercise. Her mother spent some time in hospital, so Sandra rushed there straight after work each day to see her. Her days were long and busy but Sandra was able to fall asleep quickly once her head hit the pillow. She was thrilled with the effects of the magnesium and melatonin and wanted to keep taking them. I told Sandra to continue on with my recommendations and come back and see me in another two months.
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