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Testimonial: Prader-Willi Syndrome

Learn how Tom overcame extreme weight gain, diabetes, and his Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Testimonial: Prader-Willi Syndrome

"My son Tom is in a program for semi-independent disabled adults in Irvine, California called Project Independence. He has Prader-Willi Syndrome which is a birth defect resulting in a dysfunction of the brain which creates a preoccupation with food and extreme weight gain on what for others is normal caloric intake. He is also diabetic. About 2 years ago I was told by the his Team Leader that Tom would probably have to leave the program as his weight was getting out of control and of great concern. Tom loves the program and has many friends including his girlfriend Heather.

"In desperation, I started searching the Internet for a food delivery program that might be right for Tom and that would enable him to stay in Project Independence. There were a lot of programs but nothing appropriate. I came across Diet To Your Door in 2006 (now bistroMD). It sounded healthy but I thought too many calories for Tom. I called the Dietician to see if the calories could be reduced and it was suggested that we give the diet a try as is. I had read that Dr. Cederquist had designed this diet for weight loss and was appropriate for diabetics and heart patients. Sounded too good to be true.

"Long story short, Tom has lost 38 pounds, was able to get off insulin and is feeling great. He is eating more calories than before -- but the right calories. He has 8 more pounds to his goal. Tom is a lovable 38-year old young man, and when food intake is properly managed, he is free to enjoy life. Bistro M.D. has been a blessing to all of us."

-Sandy (Tom's mom)