You may find that simply cutting down on certain carbs will be enough. I have CHF, a leaky valve, and A-fib. About 53 months ago ( May 2009 ), I started low carb, and have been under 50 grams of carbs a day. I had diabetes, but my A1C was over 10, which is high. I averaged over 300 at times ( under 125 is normal ).
Since then i have lost almost 161 lbs, and gotten off all my diabetes, and cholesterol meds. My A1C is 5.3. My cholesterol is as follows:
total - 103 LDL - 51 HDL - 37 triglycerides went from almost 200, to under 80.
My heart meds have been cut in half, yet my ejection rate is up from 16% to 45 %, so my heart is pumping 3 X the blood per beat. This happened in just the past 4 years.
My BP averages around 95/65 I AM on BP meds obviously, but 1/2 what I was when it was 140/90. I can't really help with HR, because I had an ICD put in when I was 29, so it keeps my heart at 75 bpm. I walk 45 minutes a day, about 3 miles.
Having a heart problem may have you wanting to not go very low carb, but you can still go pretty low, while getting comfortable with the idea of low carb. Enough to see results. It too me 1 year to get off my diabetes meds.. 2000 mg Metformin, and 4 mg Amaryl in the morning, because it would be high then.
I think low carb is the cure for diabetes, and hopefully if you can get the carbs low ebnough, you can see benefits to your weight, and heart issues. For now, I would suggest making changes to the types of carbs you eat. Lower glycemic carbs can make a huge difference. Raspberries instead of grapes/bananas, vegetable omelette instead of oatmeal
I understand that as a heart patient, you have other concerns, and will be more wary. I just wanted to let you know that I have those same issues, and I now eat a 60 % fat diet, and my cardiologist is ecstatic with my results. She won't say the words low carb, but last year when I was off plan, and went in to have a visit, and had gotten worse/gained weight. She asked what was wrong, and I said I haven't been eating low carb for a month or so. She told me to " get back to doing what I was doing "..lol. I'm pretty sure she is worried that she could be sued if she said " Eat low carb ", but I am the only patient she has getting healthier. Most of them are lucky to maintain. Of course I am also young, but I can't blame a loss of 160 lbs. on youth. Low carb is responsible for the weight loss, and in doing so, my better health.
Keep low carb in mind. It is an excellent option if done right. Read up on it, and if you do it, keep hydrated, since it has a diuretic effect, and eat carbs at every meal, so you don't get low blood sugars. I had a low blood sugar on day 2. It makes your blood sugars plummet.
Hopefully you can discuss this with an open-minded doctor, and see if you can make this work for you. This would make you a bit more comfortable I am sure. I spent the first year wondering if I was killing myself.
"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "
- Albert Einstein
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
While I haven't gone low-carb yet, I've definitely started paying attention to sugars in foods (natural as well as artificial) and, for the last few days have tried to minimize them. Glucose levels have improved and 2 lbs gone. So far, seems good!
Peter Attia's website eatingacademy.com is outstanding. This guy is extremely smart, well-educated and courageous, not to mention an outstanding athlete. If you have not read his personal story it's very interesting. He and Gary Taubes are working together closely and are the founders of NuSi, an organisation that supports nutrional research that is not paid for by big corporations.
Eating low-carb is very different at first, but it is not difficult after a few weeks. There is never any food deprivation or hunger and all the grains and legumes are easily replaced. Just as an example, I've traded out oatmeal for plain full-fat yogurt with berries and coarsely chopped nuts in the morning. I also love eggs and bacon (minus the toast) and lots of heavy cream in my coffee. It's really tough.
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.
Dave, thanks for posting this topic. Birgit, thanks for your reply.
I've recently become pre-diabetic and I'm coming up on a year of no results from doing the same things that have worked for me before and, when they didn't work, trying other things. I'm finding myself giving up little by little.
So I really need something different, but didn't know what else to try. I was afraid of low-carb because of the cholesterol but I'm reading a blog by a doctor that someone had suggested, eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-stra ig ht-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i and it's pretty convincing about dietary cholesterol not effecting serum cholesterol levels.
I've wondered for a while if low-carb might be what I need. I hate the idea of being too overweight to enjoy life so I'm open to suggestions. I found the first two books at the library e-book page, so I'll be reading for a couple of days.
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens
Dave, I was insulin-resistant/prediabetic and had the same experience of not improving much in my fitness level as measured by heart rate until I went low-carb (under 50 grams of carbs/day). If you like join us on the Low-carb team to learn more. On low-carb my lipid profile has improved hugely, m body fat percentage has dropped a lot, my energy level has gone up. It all has to do with how your body handles insulin. Once you are insulin-resistant most of the calories you eat will be turned into fat in your fat cells rather than being available for you muscle cells to burn as fuel. Get the book by Gary Taubes "Why we get fat" cover to cover. Also try to get a copy of Dr. Bernstein's diabetes solution. Here are the links for both so you can look at the reviews: www.amazon.com/Why-We-Get-Fat-About/ dp /0307474259 www.amazon.com/Dr-Bernsteins-Diabete s- Solution-Achieving/dp/0316182699/refR>=pd_sim_b_1 And in case you are worried about eating a low-carb/high-fat diet also check out his book: www.amazon.com/The-Great-Cholesterol -M yth-Disease/dp/1592335217
I've been exercising daily; 30 mins+ on my Airdyne. I always get my heart rate to 144, and it seems to only go down to 105 or so within 10 mins after stopping. My normal resting is about 85 currently. Intensity of the exercise seems to be about the same as I've always done, and I'm almost 2 months in, now. Shouldn't I be getting fitter? And shouldn't this be reflected in my pulse by now?
Seems like much more of a struggle to get headed in the right direction this time around - last time wasn't easy, but I was able to at least see steady progress.
This time, I started at 252 lbs, plateaued for a week at 246, and then went steadily down to 241 where I've plateaued for another week. Tried varying the diet and exercise, still plateaued. Frustrating and all the more so because I'm on Metformin for my type 2 diabetes and it is supposed to make it a bit easier to lose. I hope I don't have to fight this in 5lb increments all the way to my goal!
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.