My name is Mariam Saadian, I’m 41 years old.

After having my baby, I put on a lot of weight and struggled to shed the extra kilos. I felt so heavy and was uncomfortable with my body, so I tried all the weight loss remedies out there. Slimming tea, pills, walking and jogging, you name it, I tried it. With all this in vain, I decided to take the step of going through with weight loss surgery. I scoured the internet for weight loss such weight loss procedures in Kenya and that’s how I found Holistic Living.

I paid a visit to the doctors at Holistic Living and after a comprehensive consultation, I chose to have the gastric balloon. The only challenge I had after the procedure was vomiting, but it lasted only a few days immediately after surgery and my body quickly adjusted.

It has been six months now and I have never felt this good and this light my whole life. When I started the weight loss program, I was 106kgs. Right now, I weigh 85kgs and I’m so happy about it. I feel youthful and energetic once again. I can now put on clothes which never used to fit me, and I feel more confident than ever.

I would like to tell everyone out there who is struggling with their weight to look no further. Holistic Living is the place to go. The doctor takes good care of you before and after the procedure and during your follow up appointments as well. He is also just a phone call away, and regardless of the time he will be ready to respond to you.

Come to Holistic Living and I promise you, you will not regret it.

Worded by Emma Mochechu.

Weight Loss Surgery and the gift of Motherhood

Mother’s Day is not too far away and many are gearing up to celebrate mothers and all the important women in their lives who are mothers-in-waiting or fill this special gap in the lives of others.  However, there is a select group of women who struggle in silence with the desire to become mothers but have trouble falling pregnant due to obesity.  Obesity has been classified as a disease by the World Health Organization because of all the problems it brings on the body.  Women desiring to be pregnant and entering this privileged status of motherhood are not exempt from the

Obese and excessively overweight women usually take longer to conceive naturally because of the difficulty for the eggs to be fertilized.  They can be afflicted by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a condition where the oestrogen and progesterone hormones are out of balance.  This leads to the growth of benign masses on the ovaries and it affects a woman’s monthly cycle, fertility and even appearance.  It is common for the affected women to have more bodily hair, smaller breasts, to be quite muscular and have large ovaries with cysts around them.

Bariatric surgery has been shown to positively improve life expectancy, quality of life, comorbidities like Type 2 Diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. Although more research is required to identify which weight loss surgery results in the most significant improvement in fertility of women with PCOS, doctors have seen marked improvements in the natural conception of clients who undergo bariatric weight loss treatment.

Women who undergo the treatment have fewer complications while carrying their child to term, they can avoid the chances of having a caesarean delivery and they reduce the chances of developing gestational illnesses like hypertension and diabetes.

The gift of health for these women becomes a gift of health for their babies too.  Women, especially African women play such a vital role in the family; nurturer, protector, provider.  Their optimum health becomes the ideal health for the whole family.  #HealthyMumHealthyFamily.

By C. Njuguna