In part 3 of my interview with David, he and I explored his dramatic
weight loss and how he gained control of his health. If you’ve already
read that, then skip the introduction below and go directly to the
interview that follows it. In part 4 – the final in this multi-part
article, David and I look at how his life is so much better today after
taking control of his health, and his advice for others who wish to do
My friend David Mendosa writes on the HealthCentral Diabetes site.
Although we have not yet met, David and I have become friends because we
share a common bond – we each were fat and sick with diabetes and other
obesity-related diseases. And each of us has taken similar, yet slightly
different, journeys to wellness.
The common thread is that we each lost a significant amount of our body
weight, and have made lifestyle and dietary changes to maintain that
weight loss for the long term. This has affected the remission of our
diabetes and improved our overall health and quality of life. I cannot
stress that last point enough: Improved our quality of life.
Oh yes, and our journeys have led us to health activism. David is
well-regarded as a diabetes advocate. In this interview, David and I
discuss his transformation from fat and sick to total wellness and his
health activist endeavors. In fact, David and I talked about his journey
in such detail that I had to break the interview into several parts to
make it easily to digest. Believe me; you do not want to miss a word he
says. David has a fascinating patient journey conquering not only
obesity but also several obesity-related conditions. Please read on…
Q: Please tell us how your life is changed today, as a result of your
having gained control of your health and your life?
A. My life has changed in so many ways that I hardly know where to
start. I sometimes say that I reinvented myself, and that is exactly
what it feels like. I am now 77 years old and feel better and am happier
and healthier than I have ever been in my life. I have more energy and
still climb mountains. I feel that my memory has actually gotten better
than it was even just a few years ago because of my better diet of less
omega-6 and more omega-3 fats.
I experience something else that I don’t remember anyone else ever
telling me about. My personality changed. I am much more outgoing and
more self-confident. I see that in myself especially when I address a
large group of people. That used to be a painful procedure, but has
become a pleasant one.
Q: What advice would you give to obese people who are seeking to gain
control of their health and their lives?
A. If they are lucky enough to have diabetes, too, I would ask them to
learn about the GLP-1 agonist drugs and talk seriously with their
doctors about them. These are Byetta, which was the first of this type