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.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0