Journal: Journal of Indian Dietetic Association
Author: Anjali Mukerjee
A 43-year-old female was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the year 2000, following which a hysterectomy was performed in the year 2010. After the surgery, the patient received six cycles of conventional chemotherapy treatment in 2010. She presented at the Health Total centre in January 2017. Her height was 5’ 1” and weight 72.8 kg, yielding a body mass index (BMI) of 30.3 kg/m2, which reflected obesity. She also suffered from menopausal complaints, mild hypertension, depression, acidity, stress, low immunity, along with borderline cholesterol.
This case study illustrates the benefits of the ‘Integrated Approach’ in the management of obesity, hypercholesterolemia, along with improvement in immunity, energy, acidity, depression and reduction in menopausal complaints. The Integrated Approach included patient-specific nutritional therapy, ayurvedic herb support, vitamin and dietary supplements, stress management and regular exercise. A healthy diet and lifestyle modifications play a significant role in weight loss in obese individuals, more specifically in individuals with a history of carcinomas. During the 25-week treatment period, the patient achieved significant weight loss with subsequent improvement in acidity along with reduced stress levels, increased immunity, thus showing significant improvement in the quality of life of the patient.