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courtneypaige99
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   Posted 9/5/2006 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a 25 year old female with no family history of diabetes or high cholesterol. I'm also thin. I went to the doctor and my tryglercide levels were 472. The doctor scared the hell out of me and said I should eat healthier or I will develop diabetes soon. I'm not a health freak, but I don't eat THAT bad. I was supposed to go back to the doctor recently to have them checked again but no longer have insurance. Should I be concerned? I'm actually pretty confused and don't know the first thing about what tryglercides are and how I will develop diabetes in my 20's...if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

Claire-Bear
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   Posted 9/6/2006 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome Courtneypaige,

I think you need to take action to tackle the high levels - please see this link

http://www.healingdaily.com/conditions/triglycerides.htm

It gives you an explanation and also tips on how to lower your levels.  The following is a part of it:

High triglycerides in the blood are often seen in overweight people. But even people who are not overweight may have stores of fat in their arteries as a result of insulin resistance. These triglycerides in the blood are the direct result of carbohydrates from the diet being converted by insulin. These triglycerides do not come directly from dietary fats. They are made in the liver from any excess sugars which have not been used for energy.

Basically, it looks like you need to cut out a lot of refined starches and sugars from your diet and go for low gi and veg etc (please look up the Glycemic Index on the net - it's basically foods that have a slower affect on the rise of your blood sugar).  Please go back to your doctor and get this in check.  Did you doctor check your blood glucose levels?  I'd get this checked too, just in case (although I'm obviously not a doctor).  The thing about diabetes is it's progressive if not treated properly or kept in check so please, if you are risk of getting diabetes, jump on it early!!
 
Let us know how you get on!
 
Claire x

courtneypaige99
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   Posted 9/6/2006 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much! I'm going to the health center at my college tomorrow morning.

Claire-Bear
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   Posted 9/7/2006 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, and let us know how it goes. x

Chutsman
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   Posted 9/7/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Courtney, if you know someone with a blood glucose monitor you might ask them to check your BG level - just to be sure.  It takes a few seconds to check.  Also regular exercise, even just walking fairly briskly for 20 to 30 minutes daily, will help.

The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".


wmnak
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   Posted 9/7/2006 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Anxious to hear from you, Courtney!  Hope all went well with your medical visit and there were some good instructions for lowering your numbers ... which are WAY too high. 

I appreciated your comment that you "don't eat THAT bad," but you probably do.  I'd assume you eat like most of the others in your age group (including my granddaughters) and while it's not 'too' bad, it isn't exactly beneficial, either.  There'll be lots of ways you can modify your intake, still hang out with friends, and give yourself and you numbers a boost at the same time.

Look fwd to hearing from you!   :-)


courtneypaige99
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   Posted 9/8/2006 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses...I haven't been seen by a doctor yet because the center is on a "first come, first serve" basis during the day and my schedule has been hectic.  But I've been eating nothing but "sugar free" foods for the past few weeks and eating salads.  So tonight, I was sent home early from work because I was feeling dizzy, light headed and had internal shakes. A friend told me this was due to sugar withdrawals....is this something that is going to pass? Or am I hurting myself even more with this "diet"??

Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/11/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Courtney,
Try to eat a normal, three meal, one snack food program until you get to the doctor. A meal should have some lean protein, some veggie, a piece of fruit, some starch (about a half cup), 1/2 glass of skim milk and a small amount of fat (butter, olive oil, mayonaise, peanut butter, etc). Fish is better for you than light meat, light meat is better than dark meat or red meat. Veggies are awesome.

You may need medication to help with your cholesterol if diet alone doesn't do it. Don't panic, just resume normal healthy eating...

I don't believe there is such a thing as sugar withdrawals... All starches, grains, fruits, vegetables and desserts contain carbohydrates that our bodies convert to sugar so you always have some sugar in your blood unless you don't eat enough. What you are doing sounds like low blood sugar symptoms. 1/2 glass of orange juice will fix that up for an hour or so but should be followed by a simple complete meal outlined above.

You need some nutrition guidance. Call your local health department and see if they (or your doctor's office) have some flyers on lowering cholesterol and the foods you need to use. You can also find some great books at the library that will give you some nutrition education. Your original doctor did you a great disservice by warning you about diabetes and not giving you the tools to work out a healthy food plan. You need guidance, not fear. I wouldn't return to him.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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