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Cortisol induced body composition change--for the worse

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I was feeling sorry for myself because of the following:

My doctor prescribed corticosteroids for asthma.They changed my body composition after only 7 days.

There was a large gain in fat mass (11 lbs) and a large loss of muscle
mass (14 lbs) in 7 days.

There was an increase from 32.2% body fat on Nov 30th to 53.9% body fat on Dec 12th.
The fat mass increased from 25.7 kg (Nov 30) to 44.3 kg (Dec 10).
The muscle mass decreased from 54.3 kg (Nov 30) to 38 kg (Dec 10).

I went to a nutritionist for a healthful diet to lose weight and insure that I am getting all the necessary nutrients despite avoiding foods that cause asthma in me.

I got the results back from my blood test and LDLs, which were in a normal range before consulting her, rose to an unhealthy level of risk for heart disease.

I got too dizzy to exercise and had neck pain, which can be a symptom of female heart distress. So, after feeling sad initially, I know i have to repair the damage that the medicine and the bad diet caused me. I read that increasing omega-3s will help. So, lots of salmon for me. http://www.snopes.com/medical/
disease/heartattack.asp Link to an article written by a nurse who had a heart attack. www.snopes.com/medical/d
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    emoticon to hear that. I attend Weight Watchers meetings weekly and love them. Have you ever try Weight Watchers? Give it a try if you have not.
    1891 days ago
    Thanks for the input. I did not use hydrostatic weighing. I used skinfold measurements taken by my husband and verified this with the biobioelectrical impedance analysis of a scale that I have been using for 4 months. Both methods of measuring body fat showed the change.
    1892 days ago
    Why is your doctor giving you something that is so bad for your health and weight when there are so many other choices that can help with breathing that will not affect your health and weight?
    1892 days ago
    How are you testing your body fat?

    It's hard to get an accurate reading that frequently (hydrostatic is incredibly inaccurate, even the medical grade scales-- flexes easily with hydration, which is affected by by cortisteroids.)

    Would hate to see you overconcerned with a flunctuation.

    Accurate body fat measures include hydrostatic weighing, DEXA, and to a lesser degree calipers ONLY with a trained professional-- many personal trainers are not adequately trained, and not doing it yourself with no training)
    1892 days ago
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