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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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THRIVE2DAY 11/13/2013 5:53AM

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

Comment edited on: 11/13/2013 5:54:26 AM

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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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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/13/2013 1:17AM

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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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Disguises for a deeper problem and walking in your patients shoes

Saturday, November 09, 2013

This is an interview of Peter Attia in the online magazine Med Crunch of June 2013:


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WOUBBIE 11/10/2013 11:12AM

    Excellent interview. I particularly like his comment that "...this is really at the root of much of the well-documented judgment physicians often have toward their obese and diabetic patients. The treatment fails. We assume itís because they wonít comply. We donít consider the possibility that the treatment might be incorrect, and we abandon them."

The treatment fails. Not the patient.

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JSTETSER 11/10/2013 8:58AM

    Nice interview. I couldn't resist. I had to take the time now.

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JSTETSER 11/10/2013 8:42AM

    I will check it out Brigitte.
I really appreciate the posts that you do to educate your Spark Friends.
I know where to go looking when I have extra time.

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SUNSET09 11/10/2013 8:10AM

  Good point as my Mom raised us to treat others as we would ike to be treated. It becomes a learning opporunity for some and goes both ways. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERIN1957 11/10/2013 7:02AM

    Good article indeed.
Thanks Birgit.

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Hemoglobin A1c test - checking your blood sugar level

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Most people who have diabetes already know what I am talking about in this post.

But it is important to know that a large percentage of the people who are pre-diabetic or diabetic have no idea and this can be very dangerous to your health. Especially people who are normal weight and quite active and fit don't think they could have diabetes.
But I was one of them and am still working to lower my blood sugar levels with a low-carb diet after eating a little too much fruit this past summer.

Diabetes brings with it the risk of many serious health problems including heart disease, kidney disease, neuropathy (nerve damage) and obesity. When caught early enough all the symptoms of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are reversible and health can be restored through a low-carbohydrate diet. The person will always be carbohydrate-intolerant but can stay healthy without medication or insulin.
The Hemoglobin A1c test can be done in any doctor's office or you can buy a test kit for under $10.00 in places like Walmart and many drug stores.
This test is different from daily blood sugar testing. It gives a long-term picture of average blood sugar levels by measuring how much glucose is attached to the hemoglobin in your blood. There are a few cases where the A1c test will not produce accurate results (for instance people who do not have normal Hemoglobin levels) but in most cases A1c results are very helpful, especially for people who are not diabetic but may be in the pre-diabetic range and not on medication.
The normal levels for this test are 5.6 and below, pre-diabetic is 5.7-6.4 and anything above that is considered diabetic. The pre-diabetic range was picked because at this level there is already some damage to various parts of the body because of the excess blood sugar and/or higher insulin levels.
Some physicians will recommend A1c levels that are significantly below 5.7 as the healthiest. One of them is Dr. Bernstein, author of this book:

If people change their diet by reducing carbohydrate intake enough (how much depends on the person) in most cases blood sugar and insulin levels will return to normal levels and some or all of the damage done will heal itself.

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LARRYS48 4/24/2014 8:19AM

  Well, this is all very informative and really appreciated. I live in Canada and have recently had an A1C test done by my physician. I fall in the 65+ age bracket and the results were 7.1 and 6.9 (on the retest). I didn't know that the cholesterol meds had an effect on this test and will definitely ask the doc about that aspect. I have Dr. Bernstien's book and will follow a restricted carbohydrate diet to try and control the blood sugars to within the desired range. One area that I have a hard time understanding is the A1C test results and the regular daily blood sugar tests? A1C is in 5.7 what? whereas daily tests are 85mg/dL. What's the co-relation??

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DOVESEYES 11/9/2013 7:43PM

    Great info thanks

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SKATER787 11/9/2013 6:25PM

    Birgit, thanks for the tip about home test a1c. I didn't know there was one. I found a 2-test kit on Amazon for around $40. I'll check out Walmart if they are cheaper.

I've seen Dr. Bernstein's book before, but I didn't order it because I read that his protocol is very strict and that he talks a lot about Type 1 which he had. Although, I'm not diabetic, I have come to the conclusion that everyone is better off following diets that keep blood glucose stable. The glucose spikes are bad news and normally we don't even feel it because our bodies made adjustments. We owe it to the diabetics for this information and awareness.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/9/2013 5:52PM

    I wonder whether the A1c test is available in Canadian Walmarts. I definitely need to check this out. Thanks so much for posting this!

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FLAMENM 11/9/2013 4:39PM

    I never knew I could test A1C at home. Must go investigate!

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USMAWIFE 11/9/2013 10:07AM

    My A1c when out of whack due to my cholesterol meds. we changed meds, aded cinnamon capsules or chromium picantate and it is back in the normal ranges

I used both pills before as did hubby who is a diabetic who suffers from metabolic syndrome, and it brings things back within normal levels and also helps a lot with the carb cravings. and best of all it is cheap

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WOUBBIE 11/9/2013 9:12AM

    I should look into this for my DH, who is definitely in the pre-diabetic category and apparently just won't be satisfied until he's full-blown Type 2 like his dad. The fasting tests and home stick tests just don't seem to get through to him, since once in a while they'll read in the normal range.

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KMVBBAM 11/9/2013 7:45AM

    My mother-in-law is a tight control diabetic and about two years ago she had her first episode in over twenty years where she drove for a half hour, had a wreck and doesn't remember even driving. She is considered a tight control diabetic. If they want her numbers between 70 and 100, she kept it close to 70. Her A1C was consistently under 5.5. There can be danger also for people who are tight control as the body may not recognize when your blood sugar drops.

Research is emerging that older individuals need higher numbers. They now have my mother-in-law keeping her numbers between 120 and 130. Of course she kept it between 120-125. Her last A1C was 5.9. They are now telling her they want her numbers between 130 and 160 with her next A1C test between 6.1 and 6.5.

She is frustrated but I am happy about it as I can't convince her, she needs to eat more than 1000 calories, especially with her exercise program. I can't convince her, she needs to vary her meals and not eat the same things because her body adjusts to this.

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JSTETSER 11/9/2013 7:23AM

    I agree! Read my blog today. I talk about this very subject.
I did not know that I could test my own A1c at home.
Hospitals are such a racket. I have a poor quality insurance policy right now, and would pay over $50 for the test.

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ERIN1957 11/9/2013 5:09AM

    I find this all so interesting and appreciate how simply you presented it here. I hope others will see this and check into it.
We have to be proactive in our own health. Before we end up with serious health issues.
Thanks so much Birgit.

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ANNETTEMARIE63 11/9/2013 3:09AM

    this was a very good post. My husbands A1C was totally out of control when he moved in with me and I changed his diet. Of course it did get complicating for him because I was working with not only the diabetes end of it but also add the dialysis diet and the blood thinner diet to it. But I actually got his blood sugar to normal levels after many years of it being out of control. It takes time to learn it but if you are consistent and determined it can happen emoticon

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