Picking up where I left off - our second doctor's visit went well. Husband was quite worried about getting the results of the blood work after the blood pressure scare, but as it turns out everything is good. The one slight issue is that Husband's good cholesterol is a little low. Nothing serious, but something to keep in mind. In discussing how Husband could improve this, the doctor mentioned diet and exercise.
Husband knows that lack of exercise is his biggest problem. He gets none. He commented to the doctor that his blood pressure problem is probably due to lack of exercise as well.
Here is - more or less - what the doctor said:
Lack of exercise and being overweight is not/may not be the cause, but they are contributing factors. The doctor had another patient who was very overweight and ended up having to go on medication for blood pressure, asthma and diabetes. So, the patient made the effort to lose the weight, and was able to stop taking all of the medications. The patient has since had some very stressful things happen in their life, has put the weight back on, and now is back on all the medications, but the patient is determined to get their weight down again because the patient knows the medications wouldn't be necessary if they hadn't gone back to their old habits.
If you had been on the receiving end of that response, what would you take from it?
Let's have some audience participation. I want to know! What would you hear?