• David Tipton

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  • David TiptonName: David Tipton
    Birth Date: Feb. 17, 1960
    Hometown: Limestone, Tenn.
    Occupation: Accountant
    Weight Lost: 100 pounds
    Surgery Date: Feb. 11, 2008

    David Tipton’s weight was clearly affecting his health. At only 48 years of age, he – and his wife – were growing increasingly concerned.

    “I had no energy,” he said. “Every time I sat down, I fell asleep. If I bent over to tie my shoes I was out of breath.”

    David developed Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and even sleep apnea.

    All that is resolved now, said Kathy, David’s wife. “No diabetes, no high cholesterol. The CPAP machine is gone. No more snoring. And no more medications either.”

    David’s laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, he said, is his tool.

    “It’s a learning process,” he said. “You’ve got to learn to slow down, take smaller bites and chew. You have to learn to change what you’re eating. You can’t eat nearly as much as you used to. And the lap belt is a tool that helps you.”

    What is the best part of your new lifestyle?

    “I hated going shopping. And now when Kathy and I go out shopping, I can find all kinds of things I want to buy. I’ve got so many clothes now I’ll never wear them all. It’s made a huge change in my life.”

    What was the most difficult part of your weight loss journey?

     “The bad part is if you eat too fast, you’re going to get sick. That’s no fun. But that’s part of it.”

    What would you say has been the key to your success?

     “It’s not just a one-person change. It’s the whole family. You’ve got to have everyone on board or it will be much harder.”

    The Comprehensive Weight Management Center has been designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.


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