“Imagine carrying nine gallons of milk on your shoulders every day,” says Jay Reid. “It’s no wonder I was out of breath after walking 50 feet.”
The extra weight wasn’t the only health challenge he faced at 67-years-old. Keeping his type 2 diabetes under control required five needles and two pills daily.
Jay was also taking medication for his heart and high blood pressure.
“It was really the diabetes that made me decide to have gastric bypass,” Jay explains.
“Don’t kid yourself—that disease is a slow death.”
“She said ‘he was the best in the business,’ so I called him for a consultation.”
Making a Commitment to Defeat Diabetes
After pre-surgical testing, Jay had gastric bypass in March 2018. His surgery was performed on Friday and he was released from Raritan Bay Medical Center on Sunday evening. The next day, the Middlesex County resident felt well enough to go out and visit a friend.
By the New Year, Jay had dropped 70 pounds.
“But that’s just the icing on the cake,” Jay says. “I no longer need any of the diabetes medication or blood pressure meds. I am thrilled.
Dr. Adeyeri Comments on Jay’s Case
“Jay’s health circumstances made him an ideal candidate for the gastric bypass,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. “It is an ideal surgical weight loss solution for people with type 2 diabetes.”
The doctor said Jay was an idea patient who had the right mindset about making the lifestyle changes necessary not just to lose the weight—but to keep it off for the long-term.
“He was absolutely committed to putting his diabetes into full remission and I have no doubt he will sustain long-term success,” says the board-certified bariatric surgeon.
He has also taken a few trips to the mall to purchase new clothing. His pants size decreased from a 46 to 36; his shirt size decreased from 3X to a large, and even his winter coats no longer fit.
Jay’s primary form of exercise before and after weight loss surgery was walking. Before his operation, he would need to catch his breath after walking about 50 yards.
Recently, he effortlessly walked a mile with his wife, with no need to stop.
Jay believes that having weight loss surgery later in life has unquestionably extended his life.
“If you are very overweight, get in to see Dr. Adeyeri and unload all those gallons of milk
you are carrying with you every day. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”