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Old 04-21-2015, 22:48   #1
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Hi everyone! I have been away too long from this wonderful forum. I was diagnosed 10 months ago with type II, followed all the LCHF rules on here and got my 10 month checkup (it was supposed to be a 4 month checkup but I procrastinated) on my diabetes. My A1C dropped from 11.2 to 5.1. The doctor went into hysterics and claimed I was cured. Ha. That is a great number though - very happy. I lost 44 lbs, down from 222 lbs to 178 lbs. My BP was 140/80 down a tiny bit from 142/90. My cholesterol went from:

Total: 154 to 236
Triglyceride: 89 to 93
HDL: 50 to 71
LDL: 85.9 to 146.2

Now the doctor is worried about my cholesterol. However, the ratios are shifting the right direction for HDL to LDL (went from 1.7:1 to 2.1:1) and TR to HDL (went from 1.8 to 1.3). The main reason I waited on the appointment was for the cholesterol numbers to settle. I guess this continues to change for several years? Shouldn't my triglycerides have gone down not up?

I feel great though and not changing anything. I'm eating 6 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, a quarter stick of butter on veggies at night and lots of eggs and fatty meats. My only side effect is leg cramps every other night. I eat lots of salt and drink lots of fluid and take a mineral supplement pill for that. Thanks to everyone on this forum that steered me in the right direction. Sadly, I am watching so many friends and relatives on Facebook NOT doing it right and getting worse with their type II diabetes. So many don't want to change their diets....

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Your doing good, keep up the good work. If you're still losing weight, your lipid numbers may remain higher than recommended. Remember that recommended doesn't mean a lot.

Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (02/2020)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
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Vic? Your cholesterol numbers are wacky because of your weight loss. Once your weight has stabilized, your lipids profile will shake out too. So pay no attention to your wacky doctor who seems to know nothing about how this works! Good job! Now come visit more often!

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I didn't realize that the weight loss was affecting it. That's good news. I hit a plateau several times on the way down and am indeed, still dropping now. I need to level it off and come in for a landing, so to speak. All my bones are showing! More fat - here I come.

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Nice work Vic!! Welcome to the 5% club!! Just keep doing what you are doing and things will settle into place.

Yeah, my dr said I was cured too. Shows how much they really know! Step back into the SAD and not so cured any more!


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Wow, great results! I am envious! 5.1 a1c is great!!

Do you happen to know about how many calories you averaged per day?



June 2015: Weight 213; Body Fat 23.1% A1C 6.1; Cholesterol 230; Triglycerides 125; LDL 146; HDL 54
Feb 2015: Weight 236; Body Fat 27.5% A1C 6.1; Cholesterol 203; Triglycerides 162; LDL 128; HDL 43
Oct 2014: Weight 267; Body Fat 34% A1C 6.8; Cholesterol 220; Triglycerides 424; LDL NA; HDL 34
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All your numbers are good. Congratulations on that. In one study I've read that the total cholesterol levels of ~240 are associated with longevity. Forget the NCEP guidelines. I agree that TG should have actually come down, but there could be 2 probable reasons to explain that - (1) Your TG levels were already good & therefore remained where they were (2) Since TG responds to dietary intake at concurrent levels, your previous dinner impacts it the most. Maybe, your dinner had a role to play in it. It may be different & more to your liking the next time.

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Happy Dance for vrbalthezr!

And I include BG and weight and cholesterol test results in the dance! (okay, so cholesterol test results do get wonky during the long-term conversion to HF and during weight loss. But, assuming those test have anything to do with health, good ratios are worth dancing about.)

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DXd myself with PP BG over 270
DX 12/13 with A1C 5.9
8/26/14 HbA1c 5.5
avg BG: 90 - 95 before meals, 100 - 110 one hour PP, 95 2 hours PP

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Weight loss will effect it because the fat you are losing is swimming around on it's way out. Your HDL came up, GREAT, your T's are still good and so are your ratios. This tends to mean your LDL is light and fluffy. The kind that don't clog arteries. Your numbers look much like mine and I don't blink at it. My Dad had low CHO and lots of heart issues and my Mom has high CHO with no heart issues. I'm not worrying about it.

Awesome A1C!

BTW, mineral supplements always give me leg cramps. I eat sea weed and sea salt for minerals. I used to drink mineral water and would always get leg cramps/restless leg. I think it unbalances my minerals. Maybe try not taking it for a day or two and see what happens. Fish and veggies have lots of natural minerals and will be absorbed better than large doses at a time.. JMO

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Way to go! Remember that the docs aren't even sure what lipid readings are the best anymore, and lipid levels will fluctuate during weight loss.


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