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Some progress with blood sugar after almost 4 weeks in ketosis

Friday, November 15, 2013

4 weeks ago my A1c level was 6.1, today it is 5.9. They were done by different labs so there may be some difference there but if it keeps dropping like this then I might be out of the pre-diabetic range by the end of the year.
This also shows me that lowering my carbs to under 50 grams/day is most likely going to be sufficient for my situation. Eating like this for the rest of my life is not going to be difficult at all as I can have a little bit of fruit every day and some very dark chocolate in small quantities.

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SHEL_V2 11/16/2013 4:34PM

    Great to see progress! A quick Googling of the state of the test (NGSP A1C reproducibility) suggests each lab should give the same results within 1 - 2% of the "standard". Your 3% drop in 4 weeks should include some "real" shift.

How fast the actual measured condition can change is related to the turnover of red blood cells, which is around 90 - 120 days. In your recent test, you were seeing 30 days worth of "new" red blood cell values, along with 60 to 90 days worth of "old".

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EXOTEC 11/16/2013 4:27PM

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The proof is out there! Now the proof is in you, too!

Awesome. Keep us posted on your continued success

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KAPELAKIN 11/16/2013 9:20AM

    Glad this is paying of for you!

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ERIN1957 11/16/2013 6:53AM

    Congrats Birgit!
It is all about the health and to find that something that truly works, is truly a blessing.
I have learned more about diet and me these last few months than ever before.
Always trying to improve and get it right.
I am happy for you! Your hard work is paying off and has become automatic in your life now, what a wonderful accomplishment!
My Best,

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JSTETSER 11/16/2013 6:08AM

    You are a great inspiration to me.
I want the levels that you have! Usually I am in the 110's.
Today after a glass of wine, my fasting glucose is 130.
Today I run and get it down again.

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CINDYTW 11/16/2013 12:50AM

  emoticon I have not had an A1c, but my fasting glucose is almost always 90 when I have it taken and today at our work biometrics it was 80. Thankfully I don't think I have blood sugar issues, but if I did, there's proof it works!

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SKATER787 11/15/2013 10:55PM

    Excellent. Always good to hear of progress. emoticon

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DOVESEYES 11/15/2013 9:34PM

    great progress with long term effects, good to have the info for me as well. I keep carbs under 60 and it works mostly for me.

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Don't let the FDA destroy Organics!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This speaks for itself.

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EXOTEC 11/16/2013 2:38PM

    Disgusting. Wholly unconsciable. But it's BigAg and government. I don't know what we should really expect. The fact that special interests are now being promoted and adopted into our official recommendations is frightening. Big Brother is more than just "watching."

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DS9KIE 11/16/2013 12:11AM

    yikes,,,eeekkk emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 11/15/2013 12:42PM

    The claims in that petition regarding Taylor are backed up by Taylor's wikipedia entry. Sigh.


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JSTETSER 11/15/2013 10:32AM

    I hope that the plan is thwarted.

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CINDYTW 11/14/2013 10:16PM

  I think ANYTHING to do with Monsanto is DISGUSTING. But really, how far have any of the movements or protest or petitions gotten us? Money talks, and they now have it all. SO we are pretty much screwed at this point I think. Unless there is a big money group that would back organic and local. Maybe we should brainstorm on who THAT might be and try to convince THEM to back us. Clearly politicians won't.

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LINDIEMAE 11/14/2013 9:00PM

    we may already be getting them and have been getting them as its been in the market place for over 30 years now. People are complacent because its easier then taking a stand - and they wont take a stand till there is proof possitive that sweet corn they ate is causing it. Or in the case of congress not till someone's kid or grandkid is dead from it.. shame shame shame. so any bets on when the first chromosome altered human is on board, or has that already happened, no longer just sci-fi !!! By the way, the seed for organic and the seed for non come from the same sourse .. so you might want to start asking what their source is. And organic is becoming such a racket as well ... anything that has a board ususally is, just my jaded 2 cents eh emoticon

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WOUBBIE 11/14/2013 6:15PM

    Ugh. Disgusting.

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ERIN1957 11/14/2013 6:13PM

    I am so disgusted!
Some guy was trying to tell me that all sweet corn is heirloom and none of it is GMO, darn fool. People just will not listen or believe this is happening and if it does, oh well it won't harm us, is their attitude. Believing it is a good thing. Birgit I want to scream.
I just pleaded with the guy to please look into it. I wasn't at home to give him the sites I have on line.
His words were, "Oh heck it is nothing. People are making a big whoop-te-do about nothing. The seed companies are giving the farmers a real break on the seeds. They love it, less pesticides too." I asked him if he knew why it was cheaper, he replied " Because the seeds have the fertilizer ad pesticides built into them." Duh and we eat those seeds and the pesticide go into us. He replied, "yah, but they won't hurt us, just weeds." My gosh it was like talking to a shoe. This was at the indoor farmer's market today when I asked about if the vegetables on his table were GMO or not.
I shook my head as I walked off, of course empty handed.
I asked the same question to the guy selling organic pastured eggs, what his chickens eat, answer; organic grain. Why would you feed your pastured chickens grains? Answer, "because they are indoors now because of winter coming." So they aren't pastured raise? "Well they were a few weeks ago." Honest Birgit. I walked away shaking my head. Ignorance.
I came home with very little from the market today. Did get some grass feed milk, from a guy that started feeding his cows from wild field hay. I gave up at that point and didn't even want to know the details on what that might be.
God help us all.

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UMBILICAL 11/14/2013 5:23PM

  Will they?

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More statins in our future?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

When you ask the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology the answer is yes.
Here is the article about it.

I have also linked this article in a thread about saturated fat on the diet and nutrition messageboard.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/16/2013 1:14PM

    Quite some time ago there was a doctor as a guest on Dr. Oz, and he actually advocated for preventative health 'maintenance' of statins, claiming they actually promote health and longevity by cutting inflammation. (!!!) And, he advocated starting at risk children on them. Well, if the country followed that advice how many people will needlessly end up in heart failure from statins? Yes, heart failure can be brought on by statins due to the canceling out of coenzyme q-10 they do. The heart needs Co-Q10, and the depletion of Co-Q10 can, over time, bring on heart failure. AND, how many cases of kidney failure will statins bring on? Yes, kidney failure is a big issue with statins. And, not just in the cases where statins cause rhandomyolitis (sp?), but just imagine minor destruction of muscle over years of time, and all that destruction of muscle being 'cleaned up' by the kidneys, and the drain and destruction of kidney function over time. Oh, and let's not talk about all the OTHER negative effects of statins.

My opinion is that doctors and drug companies don't give a darn what harm is brought to patients. All that counts is the almighty dollar!

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CINDYTW 11/14/2013 10:24PM

  There is another case that money talks! I am sure this is tied to the pharmaceutical companies and their agenda.

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SKATER787 11/14/2013 10:20PM

    The public have bought the cholesterol numbers and lipid theory. I was just as ignorant as everyone. Big money for pharma's and the medical establishment. No one is going to rock the boat going forward. Lower numbers mean more patients. It's a no-brainer.

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ERIN1957 11/14/2013 6:22PM

    I saw this all over TV. It is getting worse, I thought for sure it would be getting better with all the folks jumping on the HFLC band wagon. I guess they just will kill off a butt load of low fat, high carb people.
I guess ethnicity groups are one area they are really pushing hard on...I am not even going to say what I am thinking. Makes me so sick!!

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First real workout again on ultra-low carb - with pictures

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yesterday I had the day off and used my time to get a lot of exercise, I did about 90 minutes total of cardio, some running, some uphill walking. The weather was beautiful and my daughter and I enjoyed a late fall day, me on foot, she on her horse.
Here are a few pics I took:
On top of the world

Our little town

The View

Running Uphill

Blue Eagle

Later in the afternoon I did about 50 minutes of strength training and have the sore muscles from that today.
I also got a short swim lesson from my daughter and she confirmed what I already suspected: my form has improved overall and is pretty good for breast, back and freestyle and the reason I'm slow is because I'm out of shape after a couple of months with mostly walking for exercise.
I'm looking forward to having more time again from now on to exercise. As long as the weather is good I will do a little more trail running or horseback riding again. When the weather is bad I'll go swimming, do strength training or ice skating. When we get a lot of snow I hope to finally try out my snow shoes that I could not use last winter because of the lack of snow.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/21/2013 11:53AM

    Sounds like a good day. Your DD is adorable. Her horse looks a bit like our Star. Beautiful area you live in.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/16/2013 12:57PM

    That picture riding on the horse reminded me of years ago when I was thin and into horse riding and an active life...

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NORWOODGIRL 11/13/2013 10:13PM

    If the pictures are any indication, you had a wonderful day. Well done!

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BOPPY_ 11/13/2013 8:19PM

    Great pics. Better still: family & exercise!


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SUNNYWBL 11/13/2013 7:59PM

    An amazing day and great pictures! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 11/13/2013 7:04PM

    What a wonderful place great work on the exercise too.

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JLKL1980 11/13/2013 6:24PM

    Birgit - love your pictures! Beautiful scenery!

Your activity level is amazing - wore me out just reading about it.



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LPRUNWALK 11/13/2013 1:30PM

    Wow, that sounds like enough exercise for a week! Good for you. And your little town looks absolutely gorgeous.

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SKATER787 11/13/2013 12:32PM

    Very nice!

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SHERYLP461 11/13/2013 7:05AM

    Wow, you are amazing! Way to go

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WAY2GOCAT 11/13/2013 5:53AM

    Where are you getting your energy? I always heard you need your carbs for energy.
Lovely pictures.

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ERIN1957 11/13/2013 5:35AM

    Thank you for bringing us along with you, I really liked it.

Birgit you are amazing, having such a health activity day!

You inspire me!

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CINDYTW 11/13/2013 1:27AM

  emoticon How was your energy with all that exercise? Did you eat any differently?

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144AUTUMN 11/13/2013 1:08AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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For those who want to do more research on insulin

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I decided that I needed to do more research on insulin and how it affects the human body. I want to learn more about why some people can handle a lot more carbohydrates than others, how different types of carbs affect insulin production, how insulin affects fat storage etc.
I also want to find out why just eating more fruit will bring my A1c level back into the pre-diabetic range and if the dairy I am eating (even in the form of yogurt) is a contributing factor.
Looking around on the internet I found this blog post by Jimmy Moore that has a very interesting discussion with a lot of additional links:

If anyone is interested in discussing this further I think we could start a thread on the low-carb team.

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ERIN1957 11/11/2013 11:31AM

    I love these discussions and learn so much from them.
Thanks Birgit!

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SKATER787 11/10/2013 9:18PM

    Here is Gary Taubes' video and it seems to me that researchers are still trying to figure out among themselves the big picture on insulin and other hormones.


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JSTETSER 11/10/2013 12:57PM

    Count me in!
I will buy my own kit at Wal-mart,and monitor my A1C at home
I am very interested. I have been changing my life in order to live a strong & healthy life with type 2diabetes.
Indeed these kids of discussions!

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LINDIEMAE 11/10/2013 12:39PM

    You can also read Sam Graci's books The Food Connection - The Right Food At The Right Time and emoticon The Power of Super Foods - he does a fantastic piece on explaining all the hormones we have ( insulin being one of them ) and how they interact and how if one is out they are all out ..

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MADEIT3 11/10/2013 12:10PM

    Thanks for posting this! As someone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and from a family where everyone eventually develops at least pre-diabetes, this is interesting stuff.

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