Sunday, October 28, 2012
OK, I'm pretty pissed off....at myself.....at the world in general.....at so called experts.
Here's the deal;
I had my annual physical done on Friday. Tuesday I went in and gave them a few liters of blood so they could have all the labwork done when I sat down with the doc.
Fast forward to Friday....everything is checking out just fine...hearing, eyes, weight, blood pressure. Even the doc takes a look at me as I walk in and says, "Hey you look great!"
Then we get to the labwork.
Cholestrol is 300!
3 - FRIGGIN - HUNDRED!!!!
Now for the last 25 years my cholesterol has beeped and bopped between 180-210....last year this time it was 202.
So what the hell happened?!?!
Well in my zeal to adapt to a ketogenic diet, I lowered my carbs down to below 50gms/day. Most days I am below 30 gms/day. All the reading I have done tells me I should be in ketosis, that is, switching from burning carbohydrates as a primary fuel to burning fat.
To fuel your new metabolism.....SO THE THEORY GOES....you need to increase your fat intake....of all kinds....mono to saturated fats.
And I did so. For 5 happy months I stopped eating sugars and breads, starches and rice. I watched my waistline and belly tighten & shrink. I saw my bodyfat drop 4-5 percentage points. I started having fresh eggs for breakfast, I ate steaks with the fat, I put butter on my veggies, had bacon every chance I got.
For months I had been waiting for this physical, imagining that I would be the poster boy for this year's "Patient of the Year" award.
Instead the doc had a serious talk with me about starting a regimen of statins to lower my cholesterol!
I confessed to her my recent experiment of increasing my fat intake as I limited my carbs.....she just stared at me and again asked when I wanted to start the statins.
I pleaded for another 3 weeks to readjust my diet....this had to be an anomaly....either that or they switched my blood samples in the lab.
Now I'll admit, everything else looked great.....HDL was way high.....my glucose readings were great (apparently they have the ability from one sample to know what your levels have been for the last 6 weeks....amazing!). Apparently my risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is wicked low (which was my goal).....but I set off the medical alarm bells and warning lights for a potential heart attack!
Needless to say SWMBO was pissed. She gave me the "I told you so" stare. We spent Friday night walking around the beach figuring out how to fix me.
So I've been on a massive re-evaluation these past 2 days.
I think the low carb thing works for me.....I don't think that correlates to increasing my fat intake....definitely not saturated fats.
I track every damn thing I eat, so I'm going to have to do a little chemistry mixing to re-adjust some of my nutrients.
Yeah, I'm pissed, but I've come way to far too screw around. I've been making all sorts of changes in my diet and health these last 2 years on SP and I'm not about to chuck it all out the window because of this. It just means, yet again, a massive re-direction in how I think......how hard can that be?!?!?
More to follow.....have a great night Spark friends!