It’s time to take control of your health.
For over 25 years I had regularly visited my cardiologist from a prestigious private Bangkok hospital every three or four months and yet my pre-diabetes was not identified in time until it had become full-blown, and my endocrinologist almost misdiagnosed my diabetes as having progressed to chronic kidney disease which would have been a medical error.
My undiagnosed pre-diabetes despite regular doctor visits and my nearly-misdiagnosed kidney disease were not isolated cases, and in many similar incidents had lead to deaths and serious harm to patients worldwide.
From my personal experience, I mentioned only two examples but there were more, and the cases of my friends in Thailand and in the Philippines, coupled with the growing number of studies and proofs that medical errors are indeed a leading cause of deaths and serious medical complications, I have decided to take control of my health.
I still trust doctors but I now don’t leave everything to them anymore.
My health and my life are my own. It is my business to take the lead in managing it.
The doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists and other medical professionals are part of the team that you pay to assist you in taking care of your health. Although you can’t say the same thing if you’re seeing a government hospital where many doctors regard themselves as gods and beyond questioning.
The change in my perception and attitude came in slow then made a remarkable leap at a certain point.
My pre-diabetes stage, with its typical symptoms of excessive thirst and frequent urination, was never flagged in time by my cardiologist until it developed into a full-blown diabetes in 2013.
I asked myself, “What’s the use of regular check-ups and laboratories if your doctor could not even advise you precautionary or preventive measures?”
In 2014 I suffered a series of morning spikes in my blood pressure. My cardiologist increased the dosage of my medications yet the spikes persisted.
A search in the internet for similar case as mine showed many precedents. The one that really got my attention was the role of snoring in morning blood pressure spikes.
A sleep apnea test was conducted at another hospital which showed I had a moderate case of sleep apnea, meaning I stop breathing and deprive my brain of precious oxygen for few seconds for every minute of snoring. In the morning, the body tries to recoup the oxygen lost the previous night too quickly leading to possible spikes.
A CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) was prescribed. It automatically blows in air when the breathing stops. After about a week my blood pressure spikes disappeared. I stopped using CPAP in 2016 after reducing my weight to ideal range which consequently reduced my snoring very significantly.