TOO MUCH MEDICATION
A patient came to us who was obese, having tried unsuccessfully to lose weight for decades. He was also over-medicated and had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car, only narrowly avoiding a serious accident. His diabetes and hypertension were out of control, his diet was poor, and he’d been admitted to the hospital on three separate occasions in the past 12 months.
Our physician took a thorough history and performed a complete physical exam. He then outlined a plan of action, which included reducing the number of sedating medications the patient was on and starting him on a low-carbohydrate diet. Our physician began monitoring the patient’s sugars through ImagineMD’s electronic real-time point-of-care data-gathering software. He met with the patient every four weeks over the course of six months, and at the end of that time, the patient’s hemoglobin A1C and blood pressure had come under control, he’d lost 28 pounds, and had regained normal alertness during the day.
As a result of the dramatic improvements in his health, he was even able to rejoin the workforce. He now tells the story of how his life was dramatically altered by finding a physician who was able to spend the time necessary to get him back on the path to wellness. This, he says, is how primary care is supposed to work.