Health issues (and a note about commenting on my blog)
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Hi guys. I want to first thank all of you who left positive, supportive comments on my last blog. I appreciate you. I really am excited about my goals this year and about posting here.
But I need to make a PSA for some people: don’t bother leaving critical, negative comments on my blogs. I will delete them and block you. I am not here to earn your approval, and if I wanted your opinion on my goals I would have asked for it. I’m here to organize my thoughts, hold myself accountable, and maybe meet some like-minded people to share this journey with.
Now, onto this blog:
I don’t know if I posted this here before or not, but I have some endocrine issues going on. I have type 2 diabetes (which runs in both sides of my family), so I’ve been trying to get that under control and have been seeing an endocrinologist. Well, long story short: they found a (hopefully) benign growth on one of my adrenal glands. Now, my cortisol has been high most of my life (the first time they noticed it I think I was 11), but not high enough to be diagnosed as Cushing’s disease or anything else. Now it’s higher, but they’re not sure why; it might be because of this growth. So we are going to “keep an eye on it” and test my cortisol again in a few months. Worst case scenario, I could have it surgically removed... best case, my cortisol goes down and we just leave it alone.
It’s frustrating. High cortisol = hunger, body pain, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, high stress, belly fat, sugar cravings, anxiety. If it remains high it could lead to high blood pressure and worsening blood sugar. This is why most of my goals for the year focus on destressing, sleeping, relaxing, exercising, and avoiding sugar. If I have to deal with this, at least I can not make it any worse... and I know it is still possible to lose weight despite this challenge. I’m also taking a couple of cortisol-lowering supplements (fish oil, ashwaghanda) and drinking green tea and eating probiotics daily. Has anyone else dealt with this?