Derrick Bulatao/Kutmaster Spaz
Derrick Bulatao, aka Kutmaster Spaz, is a well-known DJ, and now he also serves as music and marketing director at CW’s Night Club on Lewers Street as well as president of DIS-N-DAT Media Group. Although his schedule is usually jam-packed with gigs and other obligations, Bulatao says he feels 20 years younger thanks to undergoing gastric bypass surgery in March.
“I’ve lost 152 pounds. I like to call March 3, 2009, my new birthday, because it’s the day I changed my life for the better - for good,” says Bulatao, who at the beginning of 2008 weighed in at 337 pounds.
“I was having a hard time breathing, I had high blood pressure, got back pains every time I stood up for more than 10 minutes and had swollen feet from supporting my weight all day,” he recalls. “I was given blood pressure pills to regulate my pressure, I took water pills to keep the swelling down in my legs, I had to take muscle relaxers almost every day to deal with the back pain, and I had to wear a (CPAP) mask at night so I could breathe easy and have a full night of sleep.”
At the time, Bulatao was a “yo-yo dieter,” losing 80 pounds only to gain back 110. This type of dieting, he says, is extremely harmful to your body, as this rapid weight loss and gain could potentially lead to a heart attack. He then consulted the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Castle Medical Center.
“I went to Castle because I had heard good things about the program there. They have a good team set up to explain the process, prompt you on what’s going to go on and what is going to be done,” says Bulatao, a Niu Valley resident who appeared on MidWeek‘s cover in January 1999.
It was a six-month process leading up to the surgery. Bulatao went through meetings to see if he qualified as a candidate for the procedure, and even had to lose weight prior to the surgery to prove that he was taking this life-changing procedure seriously. He now weighs in at 185 pounds and says he couldn’t be happier. “After the procedure is done, Castle has appointments with you to follow your progress for the next five years, ” he says. “As part of the weight-loss team, you have a nutritionist, physical therapist (personal trainer), head nurse, doctor and even a psychologist to help you with everything.”
Bulatao says he didn’t commit to the gastric bypass procedure for vanity reasons, but rather to live a longer and healthier life.
“I feel much better, I have a lot of energy, I don’t have to wear a mask to bed, I can now put on my socks on my own. I can stand up for over an hour without back pain, my feet are not swollen anymore and I don’t have to take any pills - just my multivitamins,” he explains. “I was presented with a choice. I could choose life or death - I chose life.”
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