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Tom's story

Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tom's Story

Fenton resident Tom T. had been very active his entire life. However, a few years ago, he reached a point where his weight was negatively affecting his health and his overall lifestyle.

“I had always been athletic,” said Tom. “But my weight was limiting my activities, like softball and volleyball, and I found it difficult to play with my grandchildren. Plus, the extra pounds had caused me to have some serious health issues, including Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint pain, as well as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.”

Finally, Tom had had enough. He was tired of his lack of energy, being restricted from activities and having to take medications due to being overweight. After speaking with both his primary care physician and his endocrinologist, he decided to lose weight and resolve his Type 2 diabetes through metabolic surgery at McLaren Bariatric & Metabolic Institute. Dr. Michael Kia, an extremely skilled and experienced surgeon, performed the procedure.

“I chose to have the procedure at McLaren because their program was highly recommended, and I felt comfortable with Dr. Kia,” said Tom. “He’s very personable and took the time to really talk with me and answer my questions.”

Tom had the surgery on June 7, 2010. Since then, he has experienced dramatic improvements in his health. His weight-related Type 2 diabetes has been totally resolved. In fact, the last time he needed to take insulin was the day of the surgery. And, to date, he’s lost a total of 142 pounds, which has helped to eliminate his sleep apnea and joint pain and to better control his high blood pressure.

“It feels great not to have to take insulin any longer,” said Tom. “My test results say I’m a lot healthier now, and I feel much more healthy, too.”

In addition to restoring his overall health, the weight-loss metabolic procedure Tom underwent has improved his quality of life in amazing ways. He no longer has to sit on the sidelines. He’s playing softball and volleyball again, works out at least four times a week, and has even completed a Warrior Dash, a mud-obstacle race event.

“I’ve regained the active lifestyle that was so important to me and that I thought I had lost,” he said. “I feel like I have as much energy as I did years ago when I was really young. In fact, I’ve even started to shovel the snow from my driveway again. I told my snowplow guy that I didn’t need him anymore.”