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Surprising bloodwork results - but feeling quite optimistic

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

There are only 3 tests that I had done.

Vitamin D level, which is at goal after 6 weeks on 5000 mg/day so I may cut this down a little to 2000-3000 mg/day.

Hemoglobin A1c was just a tiny bit lower than last time down from 5.9 to 5.8, technically still in the pre-diabetic range, nowhere near the level of 5.0 that I would like to see.
Given that I did not lose any more body fat and have gained a little weight since I started exercising more again I have to assume that I am still insulin resistant to some degree. I may have no choice but to cut the carbs down even more if I want to lose more body fat. I will give it a try for a little while, maybe 2 weeks, to see if I can keep my net carbs under 20. My hope is that if this works that I can maintain on more than that.

The biggest surprise (for me, not my doctor) was the result from my cholesterol levels.
My total cholesterol went up from 243 in June 2009 (before low-carb) to 361.
LDL went up from 146 to 227
HDL went up from 89 to 124
Triglycerides went down from 52 to 51

This puts my TG/HDL-C ratio at 0.41.
Let me at this point share a short excerpt from Peter Attia's blog, who has described the significance of cholesterol in his post "How a low-carb diet reduced my risk of heart disease (Part 3)":
"Combining HDL-C and TG into a ratio (i.e., TG/HDL-C) is probably the single best predictor of cardiac risk you can derive from a standard cholesterol test. The lower the ratio, the lower your chances of having an “adverse cardiac event,” as the medical community describes it (e.g., a heart attack). Despite what doctors tell you, LDL-C is pretty much useless for predicting your risk of heart disease. In fact, it’s not even part of the risk assessment for metabolic syndrome, which everyone agrees is the central link to heart disease (and virtually all other chronic diseases we’re afflicted with)."
He then goes on to explain that there are better tests to determine risk, including a test that measures particle size, something I may look at having done at some point.

I have to say that high LDL cholesterol levels run in my mother's side of the family so I don't know if the cause is a low-carb diet. Either way, I have not had a chance to talk with my doctor yet but from her remarks she does not seem to be concerned (she is fully on board with low-carb eating). Her comment was "Continue as you are (with low-carb) and I 'll see you in 3 months (to check body fat percentage)". I am so thankful I found this physician because I know that most physicians would have immediately insisted that I start taking statin drugs and go on a low-fat, low cholesterol diet. Thankfully I had plenty of time to do my research and know that the cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol levels but inflammation, which is caused by too many carbs.
Just in case I needed some extra information on the topic, a book that I ordered just a few days ago came in the mail a week earlier than expected:

www.amazon.com/Great-Cholesterol-Myt
h-Disease--Statin-Free/dp/1592335217/r
ef=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=13559762
47&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+cholesterol+myth


Please take a quick look at the reviews for this book. I'm very happy with my purchase so far.

So overall I feel I'm moving towards better health, even though I feel a little like pouting because I have to give up my little Xylitol and fruit treats, at least for a while.
I am also beginning to realize that the fact I had to take 2 months off from running late in the summer because of surgery means that my cardio fitness went in the tank a little. My resting pulse was up from about 60 what it was in August to about 70 now. But I know what to do to fix it, running 5-6 times/week at an easy pace. At least I'm carrying a few pounds less than I did a year ago when I was preparing for the same Half marathon.

  
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-LINDA_S 12/21/2012 10:29AM

    Hmmm...sounds like my ratio isn't very good. But I've also read that LDL is calculated by a formula which may not be accurate and not directly measured. Saw the Dr. Oz with these guys and have followed Jonny Bowden for a long time. Hope this myth can finally be exposed.

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LMB-ESQ 12/21/2012 9:55AM

    Yup... that's exactly what my doc did. Recommended statin drugs and a low fat low cholesterol diet. It pissed me off because she just *assumed* I would automatically take what she said as gospel. She even had her prescription program pulled up on her computer and asked me what pharmacy I wanted to go to. I said no drugs and walked. I think I am going to have that particle test done after new years (I can't remember what it's called, I think it's a type of specialized cat scan). Most insurances won't cover it, but it isn't that expensive either, maybe $100 - $130. I did tweak my diet a little, but it's still low carb. I haven't had my cholesterol rechecked yet, so we'll see what happens. My numbers were a little lower than yours, but not much.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 12/21/2012 8:25AM

    I ordered the kindle version of the book and it is already loaded with highlights! It could not have come at a better time either cause my DH doc wanted to put him on a statin.

Thank you Birgit!!! emoticon

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JAZZID 12/21/2012 3:50AM

    I, like you, am happy that I found a nutritionist that is in agreement with me following the paleo/low carb diet.

Good luck in finding that balance, it sounds like you are on the right track and it's good that the doctor is monitoring you. Hang in there. emoticon

~ Dee emoticon

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ITGALLO 12/20/2012 7:40PM

    You are smart to avoid the statins and to inform yourself about heart disease and cholestrol. You are afterall the best source for your own health. I went off all Diabetic, Hypertension, and Cholestrol drugs with my bariatric surgery 2 years ago, and despite protests from my doctor (numbers are great, but he wants them as a precaution), I am not going on them again. It is diet that saves us in the end. Best of luck on your journey.

Ilene

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HEALTHY4ME 12/20/2012 11:33AM

    I am having my annual in March so have to get my bld work etc. done Feb early March and my dr is not low carb or any thing other than mediterranean diet after I talked to him. So thinking if I have "poor" results he better not insist on statin etc. I will not go on them and will have to bring in info to show as he will not agree nor b elieve. I have yt to find a dr here that is agreeable to any diff diet...sigh

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LILY_SPARK 12/20/2012 9:32AM

    Good luck! I'm posting my blood panels today. After all the tests on my heart and carotid arteries from this year's fiasco, I was really curious.

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2012 7:24AM

    I hope your very good HDL levels + active and healthy lifestyle will balance out the risks of high LDL! It is good you checked them. Take care!
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 6:56AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/20/2012 12:38AM

    Thank you for the web site about the book. I have read the information on the web site. I cannot afford the price of any books right now.
I have MS and MGUS and after my last set of tests they called me and determined that I should take 6,000 vitamin D supplements instead of the 5,000. Of course, I didn't mention that I was not routinely following my 5,000 dosage on a daily basis so I decided to take that routinely.
Any suggestions, please send me a comment. Thank you for the advice.

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JIBBIE49 12/20/2012 12:28AM

    Great. My triglycerdies were 350 at my last check.

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KACEYSW 12/19/2012 11:43PM

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DIET_FRIEND 12/19/2012 11:35PM

    That's a lot of info to digest. I was able to successfully lose weight via low carb eating. I really love carbs though, so I'm trying to do it the Spark way this time. I can go without carbs for a long time, but then I crave them.

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Top 10 movers and shakers in the low-carb world 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is Jimmy Moore's list, and he knows what he's talking about:

livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/top-10-l
ow-carb-movers-shakers-of-2012/16830?u
tm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&
utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LivinLaVidaLowCar
bBlog+%28Jimmy+Moore%27s+Livin%27+La+V
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TERRAMATER 12/20/2012 10:55AM

    Thanks for sharing! I bookmarked it to read later, when I can take notes!
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 6:57AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/19/2012 5:45PM

    Thanks more info liked the last blog and sent the info to a spark friend.


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SUSIEMT 12/19/2012 5:42PM

    Thanks for the info. I read some of it and find it very interesting.

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-LINDA_S 12/19/2012 4:01PM

    Thanks, Birgit!

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JOGBIKEWALK 12/19/2012 3:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very interesting....
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KELTIC-CARA 12/19/2012 1:32PM

    Thanks for the link; I looked into it and copied the info to read later. I am also going to get the 'Wheat Belly' book from the library and read more about it.

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Ketogenic diet and cancer

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This is a fairly new book that is recommend by one of the researchers who studies ketogenic diets and cancer. It should be a good resource for anyone who is dealing with cancer and is not sure whether their treatment is working.

www.amazon.com/The-Cantin-Ketogenic-
Diet-Diabetes/dp/1477567593


I found this book after researching the issue that had made the news over here:


livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/high-fat
-low-carb-ketogenic-diet-for-cancer-fe
atured-on-the-700-club/16920


For those who don't usually read my blog I want to add that I have been on a ketogenic diet for about 9 months and it has helped me with many health issues and with weight loss. I just had not been aware of the potential benefits for treating cancer.
I am not saying that this is going to cure all cancer but I do think there are enough cases that have shown significant improvement or cures that it is worth investigating more.

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 3/19/2013 5:35PM

    JOHNMAHONEY, the way your account is set up I can't send you a spark mail so hope you get this.
There are many useful resources but my favorite two at the moment are this book:

http://www.amazon.com/
Art-Science-Low-Carbohydrate-Li
ving/dp/0983490708
and this blog:
http://eatingacademy.com/<
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You might also want to join the low-carb team on Spark for encouragement. We have many recipes there and many people who have been doing low-carb eating for quite a while, some who have commented here. emoticon
Hang in there and don't walk this path alone. emoticon

Birgit


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JOHNMAHONEY 3/19/2013 1:56PM

  Where can I find specific informaiton for a Ketogenic diet? Meal plans, snacks etc.
I am working through stage 4 cancer and want to quit feeding the cancer.


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-LINDA_S 12/18/2012 5:35PM

    I wasn't aware of your cancer history, either. Glad you're here to keep us informed of important stuff!

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UNIQDRGNFLY 12/18/2012 5:24PM

    Thank you for posting this. This is one of the main reasons I gave up sugar, can't remember where I read that cancer cells love sugar. emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 12/18/2012 1:37PM

    I will have to look further into Ketogenic. Thanks for keeping up informed

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/18/2012 11:46AM

    Thanks for the comments. I'm glad that there are so many people open towards diet as the solution to serious health problems. Given the health care crisis in the US and so many countries nutrition may be our only option and it may turn out to be our best option as well. That is if we can keep big chemical companies like Monsanto and many others out of our food supplies.
Thankfully I have not had any recurrence of cancer since 1994. But it is important to know that technically anyone has cancer (defective) cells in their body at all times. The question is if the immune system knows that to do with them. Many things are not known about how this works yet, but most certainly correct hormone signaling plays a huge role and diet affects hormones, starting with insulin and leptin.
After having had cancer, the first time when I was 19 and developed Hodgins (lymphatic cancer), I started to look at ALL life style issues that may affect my health. Now, 30 years later, I think some very big pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. When I was first treated with chemo and radiation 30 years ago this is what caused a melanoma and breast cancer many years later. There have to be better options.

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WOUBBIE 12/18/2012 11:28AM

    Knowledge of the many unexpected benefits and results of a ketogenic diet is finally beginning to seep into the cultural concsiousness.

In the long ago this way of eating was known as the ONLY treatment for type 1 diabetes, as well as epilepsy.

Now the proof of its rightness is starting to be documented: nearly all the diseases of civilization are attributable to too much carbohydrate in the diet. Take most of the carbs away and healing can begin, almost immediately.

It's thrilling to think that in the next 10 years the root cause of so many miserable ailments may finally be made obvious to everyone. Science seems to have reached the tipping point - poised on the brink of proof, and ready to overturn 10,000 years of misery.

Radiant good health vs. pie? Some people will still choose the pie. Sad but true. Some people still smoke, don't they? Are you picturing a Surgeon General's warning on loaves of white bread?

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LILY_SPARK 12/18/2012 10:27AM

    I somehow missed that you were fighting cancer. I'm happy to see you're taking power from knowledge and fighting!

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RUSSELL_40 12/18/2012 7:36AM

    You know my thoughts on this. I am now 32 months off diabetes meds, 2 months off my cholesterol meds, and 9 months with no gout attacks, and a low Uric acid level. I owe this to low carb, and being in ketosis.

Cancer needs sugar to grow, and it seems only logical that a low sugar diet would at the very least prevent cancer from forming. I had a malignant growth removed from near my right eye, and started low carb in 2009. I have had no recurrence of any cancer either. i am not going to restate the benefits to my heart, but they are many.

I think our current diet is the cause of all of the new diseases we are seeing. Besides carbs, and starch, we are eating chemicals. A ketogenic diet doesn't contain these because it is fresh whole foods, which do not need all those preservatives. That along with keeping the sugar in your body low can be cancer fighting.

The claim that it cured a tumor is amazing. People may not believe that these things can happen, but for the person who is cured, they don't really care who believes, they are just happy to still be alive.

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First long run Maffetone style

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I followed the rules for a MAF test even though it was killing me to run that slow: Run for 3 miles and keep my pulse under 180-age (within 5 beats of it).
I ran 3 miles at an average heart rate of 134.
It took me 45 min. 45 seconds
Mile 1: 4 mph
Mile 2: 3.9 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
average pace 3.93 mph, slower than I could have walked
I sure hope this is going to improve soon, LOL.
I know it will be worth it to be patient.
For those not familiar with the Maffetone method, you do all the training in the aerobic zone for at least several months. Sprints are rare, speed work of any kind is not done much.
I like this method because the stress on the body is much lower, especially when combined with a paleo or low-carb type diet and minimalist shoes or barefoot.

Only 11 weeks to go until the half-marathon. This time running well is not the goal but only the path to a greater goal, only the measuring stick for how my overall health is doing: glucose levels, resting pulse, muscle mass, body fat percentage, energy level, sleep, all those things that make me healthy and allow me to do the things I enjoy.

  
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GOPINTOS 12/17/2012 8:41PM

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JSTETSER 12/17/2012 11:29AM

    It looks like an intense program.
I'll look into it myself!

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ALLISON145 12/17/2012 10:44AM

    That would be tough for me... My heart rate goes pretty high on the elliptical which makes me think twice about using it as my primal 'move slowly' exercise... It's my only slow indoor alternative so I'm not sure what else to do! Guess I just need to keep at it until it's easier? Hmm.. Running slow is harder than walking fast, so I feel for you!

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A very important discovery in the field of nutrition

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I am talking about leptin. One of the leading experts about leptin is Dr. Ron Rosedale.
He explains in this podcast from the Jimmy Moore show

- why high protein diets are a very bad idea
- why leptin is even more important than insulin
- why almost everyone should be on a low-carb diet, not just people with insulin resistance
- why a low-carb diet will reduce the chance of getting cancer and many other diseases
- the correlation between carbohydrate intake over a lifetime and life expectancy/quality of life
- how to to control leptin levels (primarily carb-level intake, very different from Dr. Kruse' teachings)
- how much protein to eat for different life styles/activity levels
- how to space out protein and carb intake over the course of a day
- why doctors don't routinely check leptin levels

I just listened to this podcast for the second time and found that even those parts that I thought at first were irrelevant to my situation indeed are not. This goes way beyond understanding the role of insulin in our body and is a must-listen for anyone who wants to live a long, healthy life.

www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/01
/2-all-things-leptin-leptin-101-dr-ron
-rosedale/

  
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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/1/2013 7:33PM

    Thank you for sharing. Don't remember if I had ever heard about this or not, but I am interested in reading his book. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 12/17/2012 8:58PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERMAMA1 12/16/2012 9:56PM

    Thanks for putting this out there.

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ERIN1957 12/16/2012 9:54AM

    He is the reason I left the K plan and started heading in a completely different journey about 6 months ago. I read his book and have seen this podcast, and it made huge sense to me. People also forget there are many sources of protein and they need to look at all their sources.
I love creating a plan that works for me. Others can benefit so much from looking and learning how they can too make a plan that can and will work for them as well, just keep evolving through learning.
Thank you!

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KELTIC-CARA 12/16/2012 1:32AM

    I heard about Dr Rosedale sometime back and bought his book, very, very interesting in what he says, it all makes sense.

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HI-NRG 12/15/2012 10:46PM

    Sometimes it is so overwhelming that there is such an abundance of information out there. However, I still like to read up on a lot of different topics.
Thanks for the link.


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-LINDA_S 12/15/2012 8:23PM

    Thanks! I'll check it out.

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