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Naturopath said my high triglicerides meant...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Naturopath said my high triglicerides meant...I have too much sugar in my blood. I am not now diabetic.

so... I went looking for information on high triglicerides. Maybe that will encourage me to limit my (bad) carbs.

I do know eating (bad) carbs puts me to sleep. And I hate the fact that I sleep way too much in the daytime. Ever since high school I have had this problem. Now I am 65.

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    Glad you are seeing a naturopath. They are awesome!
    1882 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Chris, I know it's hard to change a lifetime of habits. But, for the sake of your health I hope you're able to cut down on the carbs. Did you still sleep well at night with a lot of daytime napping? If you want a good healthy diet that has limited carbs I really like the South Beach Way of Eating by a Cardiologist. He emphasis eating Healthy Carbs like fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean meat, etc. and limit the unhealthy ones--white breads, pasta, rice, snacks, etc.. Wishing you lots of success in tweaking your habits.


    1883 days ago
    Mine tend to run a little high as well. I'm trying to swap out bad foods with fresh fruit, it's a slow process but I will get there.
    1883 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I'm glad that You are checking into things for your Husband and You. Hope with the help of your Naturopath You will begin to sort things out and get the help you need to get yourself on the right track. Let us know how things go. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1883 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Glad you are going to a naturopath. I am too now. They will get us squared away. My numbers were good. My hormones and cortisol are some of the lowest he's seen. So I am working on that. Here's to the good ol' naturopath.
    1884 days ago
    Oh, I am so delighted to see you go beyond that classic MD doc and prescription pad for more facts on real ways to correct adjust and support you and your spouses needs. Naturopathic advice is very different. I had to learn to avoid goodies with processed fats oils malts and yeast made additives. These are hidden ingredients of trouble.

    My own understanding of cholesterol makes it a good thing not the poor health image in the media. I went from 10-50 # (?) of sugar and corn stuff annually to only 5 pounds of xylitol (not corn but birch bark extractions) along with some farmer’s market local harvested unfiltered honey just two gallons and fresh fruits to satisfy my sweet needs for the year. There is no borderline cholesterol problem in me any more; no deep cravings or binge eating either. Classic meat vegetables with and occasional side dish or snack of extra carbs like rice quinoa amaranth as in my blog “gluten and me 5 years later” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

    Our eyelids would not close for the lack of cholesterol in the tissues. Every hormone throughout the cascade of DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, etc would not be well supplied if less than needed cholesterol was teased with Statin drugs or other wipe out efforts. Do you know the hormone values found in blood panel lab tests yet? This can help an understanding of where you are now and where any changes may lead to improved signs. The scale and the measuring tape are not the only tools for sound diet indicators.

    A condition known as insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes. I once had it 3-4 years ago. By removing processed sugars cane-beet-corn-grape sucrose and fructose naturals and artificial sweeteners even for a while can help made a shift. I learned to shrink the blood sugar spikes from high glycemic carbs and mellow out steep waves to focus body energy on the real stuff like repair and balancing better.

    The sugar substitute xylitol has scientifically proven of enhancing health as a trace Sucralose (research has shown to help cancer recovery) and also comes in liquid or crystal form. It has a lower glycemic rating and is slower to digest so less is needed. It is recommended by dentists so it is better for the tooth enamel.
    I ran into a conflict with that corn starch issue with formal prescription meds. I understand the need for a switch. I am not a doctor just someone who had to learn the hard way on how to get better.

    You are making awesome strides from when I first met you here on Spark, my friend. You have learned more about yourself and your body as well I presume.
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    1884 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Chris over a year ago my triglyceride level was 279 over the next six months with taking a low dose statin and diet, I lowered it to 199 and the past six month check up it is down to 109! During the last 6 months, I have been walking about an hour a day or more, and I pretty much eliminated sweets and a lot of wheat products - I think doing that along with the exercise made the dramatic difference, If it stays low, I am hoping when I go for my next checkup I can stop the statin. My dr put me on a low fat, high protein diet and it seemed to do the trick for me but I would not follow this without input from your own physician.
    1884 days ago
    Eating lots of simple carbs (there is no such thing as 'bad' carbs), which are very easy to digest, dumps a lot of glucose into the blood very quickly. This raises blood sugar quickly which causes a quick dump of insulin. Unfortunately, the body thinks more food will be coming with it, so often more insulin is released than needed, which drops blood sugar back down quickly. Since the brain can only function on the glucose in the bloodstream, when blood sugar plummets quickly the brain slows. That's probably why it makes you tired. (Take it from someone with reactive hypoglycemia, who functions normally at blood sugars that can make others go unconscious.) Unfortunately, due to the body's regulation of blood sugar, eating certain foods to make you sleep is a BAD idea. It might help 'knock you out' (ie not real, restful sleep, just not conscious) but within an hour or two your body will self-regulate back and you will either wake back up or your sleep will be disrupted. Ever wonder why you wake up in the night craving food? This could be the reason. It's far better to stop eating a few hours before going to bed, or at minimum eat foods that are digested slowly. Also, signs of hypoglycemia include sweating and chills, so if you wake up at night soaked in sweat and shivering, you might have gone hypoglycemic while you were asleep and your body woke you because it's screaming for food to counterbalance it.

    Have you had a 3 or 5 hour glucose tolerance test? If not, talk to your doctor about it. If there's a chance of wild swings in blood glucose, you should be monitored for the effects of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

    As for how hyperglycemia can raise triglycerides, I have not heard of this and doing a quick search I don't see that this is true. Hyperglycemia and hypertriglyceridemia are linked as symptoms of metabolic disorders and together can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes, but one does not exactly lead to the other. Hypertriglyceridemia is often a genetic trait, but can be brought on by a high fat, high sugar diet. By eating a better diet, exercising, and controlling your stress you should be able to have more control over both numbers.
    1884 days ago
    I was told my high triglycerides...they were almost 700, were due to my high cholesterol. I have been taking Lipitor for 2 years now and my triglycerides are are the low end of normal. My diet has not changed...meaning the carbs I usually eat, I still eat!
    I have trouble sleeping but the closer I am getting to my thyroid meds being at the correct level, the easier it is getting for me to sleep.
    1884 days ago
    Did you ever consider talking to a nutritionist. They could give you a wealth of information in regards to carbohydrates and how they affect your blood sugar. This is something you definitely should be monitoring closely. When you eat the bad carbs your blood sugar spikes thus leading to your sleepiness. You need to get that under control for your overall health. Check with your local hospital. They sometimes offer classes on diabetic nutrition which I suspect would be covered by your health insurance. Good luck emoticon
    1884 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I really must find out what all that means where I am concerned. I too would be happy to find out what would put me to sleep and allow me to stay asleep. Mostly though I do okay.
    1884 days ago
    Wish I knew what to eat to put me to sleep at night!
    1884 days ago
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