Two years ago, Heidi (aged 52) began to rapidly lose weight without explanation. After losing 20kgs and only weighing 47kgs, Heidi was a skeleton of her former self. Heidi lacked energy and was beginning to fear the worst for her health. After numerous tests, Heidi was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes Mellitus and was treated accordingly. However, after not seeing any improvements and not being happy with her diagnosis, Heidi sought a second opinion from a specialist. The specialist then came to the conclusion that Heidi was a Type 1.5 Diabetic – her symptoms were of a Type I but her age suggested Type II. She was then linked in with a dietitian in community health who referred onto me for Exercise Physiology services.
When I first met Heidi for her initial assessment, she was considerably de-conditioned and would fatigue very easily. She explained how she didn’t have the energy to go for walks or do the house work. She was no longer able to work or do the things she enjoyed. Her self-esteem was at a low and she stated the she hated looking in the mirror because all she saw was loose wrinkly skin.