Thanks so much for all the encouragement! I am happy about my sugar numbers and I owe all that to you guys! As for my cholesterol, it's been bad for years. I tried Zocor a few years ago, but my liver readings went way crazy, so I had to stop, and it took about 2-1/2 years to get them back to normal. I'm trying Zetia and Fish Oil capsules, and also I started the Niacin last night on my own. The doc wrote me a note that she has some new Rx for me to try and she has samples, so I guess I'll try whatever that is. I'm hoping the numbers will come down over time. I still doing my best... we'll have to wait and see what happens next time... I would be so happy if I could get my numbers even CLOSE to normal.
My hubby keeps telling me at least everything came WAY down, so we're doing a lot better!....
Bear, I'm so happy for you. Your lab results are really good. As for your cholesterol, it may come down more soon because of your low carb diet. My own went down over 30 points because of the diet (and I also exercise but I don't know if that affects it). It was 5 months between lab tests and I'm hoping it can go down more. It was 173 in May. According to Dr. Bernstein (and I know you must be tired of his name by now.....), it's the carbs that make the liver produce the blood cholesterol. In any case, you have every reason to celebrate good lab results.
Congratulations, Bear! You mention you are worried about your high chol. readings. I agree that with a low carb/sugar diet, that will probably come down. Have you considered trying natural antifungals instaed of the pres. statin drugs if you can't tolerate them? Statin drugs are antifungals, ....why they work, so perhaps a natural way for you would be tolerable? Dunno...just a thought. Some naturals are caprylic acid or olive leaf extract. No known side effects either like the presc. drugs. Continued good success!
Hey Bear, I understand completely what you're saying about facing the cake or donuts or pizza or cupcakes. That's exactly what I faced at school for any occasion. A meeting, a birthday, a Friday, a day before a holiday, or for NO reason other than someone baked a cake. There was always something. I finally came to realize that having a bite to appease them didn't do ME any good because when I went home it was between only me and the meter, and then I'd be sorry. (BUT - there were times I'd take a miniscule piece and if I had to explain, I'd say I had to watch my blood sugar. Then, there'd always be someone who would say well, they were told at one time that they should, or a family member had diabetes, blah, blah, or a friend, etc. and sometimes a discussion would be started. At least then they understood.) So, keep strong. I am actually thankful for the glucose meter now because it's instant result. I can see how good I've been and it makes me strive to do better. (Of course, it'll also tell you how BAD you've been.........) I'm happy for you and I know you'll stay on track.
Post Edited (lanieg) : 7/16/2007 6:48:14 PM (GMT-6)
I'm sorry I totally missed your post... Thank you for the encouragement! I am trying the niacin right now, but I will ask the doc about your suggestions or maybe just try them on my own. I'm trying the niacin because my cardio doc had tried me on that at one time after the statins caused problems, but I never had heard of the "non-flushing" type until someone here mentioned it. Another reason this site is so great!
I completely relate to the food avoidance thing. I was a vegetarian for a year to get my liver readings down, and it was the same thing then. Luckily, there were 2 other vegetarians on my project so we kind of stuck together. As for my diabetes, I experience a bit of that today. At lunch when someone offered me some pineapple, I mentioned that I can't have any... she asked "Are you allergic?"... I said "No, I'm diabetic"... then I got a lecture from a co-worker who used to work in a doctor's office..." I hope you don't get carried away with the meter like so many others do..." I just said that I won't and let it go... if you don't have diabetes, it's so easy to have opinions about people who do.. I suppose in some way she thought she was helping.
(((Hugs))) to all my friends here,