Jineane Ford – four months after Lap-band surgery. “I am off my blood pressure medicine and I am just about to reach my goal weight. I am keeping the pounds off, and I feel healthier and look better than I have in a very long time. My life has changed, and the best part is that this procedure is so easy. I wish I would have done it sooner. Now I have the ultimate weight loss tool that allows me to easily control my weight and I am still enjoying food!”

Phoenix Arizona celebrity Jineane Ford has Lap-band surgery
Former Phoenix Arizona NBC anchor, and former Miss USA had a very public battle with obesity. “There wasn’t a new diet that I didn’t try. And, I tried it in front of millions of viewers.” Then she met Dr. Simpson and started to discuss having the procedure. Her mother was the first to take the plunge, and after seeing how well her mother did she asked Dr. Simpson if she could be next.

Weight loss can cure high blood pressure
She had another reason for wanting to lose the pounds. She had been diagnosed with early hypertension. “It started kind of small, I had to take a water pill, then the next thing that wasn’t doing it and I was on another medication.”

Lap-band surgery helps lose extra pounds gained from childbirth
In December of 2006 she decided to have the procedure. Not telling anyone at work, she wanted to prove that this worked. Two years later she has not only lost the pounds she gained with by giving birth to her sons, she is back to the size she was when she won Miss U.S.A. in 1989.

In a number of studies, hypertension was cured with weight loss
Over 40% of patients with high blood pressure no longer require medication. Those who catch it early seem to do better than those who have had it for a long time. “Hypertension is complex,” Dr. Simpson notes, “There are many forms of it, and many causes of Hypertension. But it is clear that extra pounds contribute most to the early rise in blood pressure. Even if you have familial Hypertension, clearly the heart not having to pump through the excess fat goes a long way to reducing the need for medications.”