Despite being a cardiologist, Dr. Shah admits that even he was guilty of an unhealthy lifestyle. With a BMI of 31, he was classified as obese. This contributed to high blood pressure despite being on two medications, a very poor cholesterol profile, and blood sugar levels that landed him in pre-diabetic category. “I was headed towards a major health catastrophe,” he said. “I was headed towards a heart attack. I was headed towards diabetes. I was headed towards a possible stroke.”
What turned his life around? When his A1C level hit 5.9 (you can learn more about A1C here), he had a major wake-up call and realized that he wanted to set a good example for his patients. He gradually made simple changes that included:
Today, Dr. Shah’s profile has drastically improved! He lost 55lbs, his HDL increased 20 points, his triglycerides went from 400 to 70, his A1C dropped from 5.9 – 5.2, and he lost 10 inches around his waist! He believes he’s a better person, husband, father, friend and cardiologist because of these changes. He encourages you to take similar steps in your movement towards a healthier life.