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Woman loses weight, gains mobility

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center | Weight-loss Surgery

By her early 50s, Carla Adams had become a self-described “couch potato” with a serious diabetes problem.

“I couldn’t move,” says Carla, who, at 5 feet 2 inches, weighed 225 pounds and suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems. “I ached all the time. My diabetes was bad –– I was taking 78 units of insulin a night plus other 15 medications.”

Having no success with dieting and exercise, Carla was unsure where to turn when her endocrinologist suggested weight-loss surgery. Recent studies are showing weight-loss surgery can be successful in treating type 2 diabetes.

Carla met with Jay Jan, M.D., a surgeon with the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute, who performed weight-loss surgery on her in January 2014. Within a year, Carla was down to 138 pounds. “Now I am doing everything,” she says. “My house is cleaner than it has been in five years, I am doing yard work and I am down to a size 8 to 10 from a size 22.”

Better yet, she is off almost all of her medications, and her diabetes is under control. “I can control my diabetes with diet,” she explains. “My portions have been cut way down.”

Carla thanks Dr. Jan for her new life. “He is a wonderful man."