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Edith_Orquid 12-01-2015 01:49

Husband want to jump on board to LCHF woe but....

I'm type 2 diabetes, and have convinced my husband to get on board the LCHF eating life style. His concerns are his chronic heart failure and that he goes to dialysis. I know he should definitely consult a doctor before attempting the LCHF lifestyle but do any of you have these conditions and are being successful?

RobertIA 12-01-2015 02:14

Many doctors will not approve the high fat with heart disease. I have had angina, but nothing more serious. One of the members of our support group has had two heart attacks and his doctor told him no fat and made that an order. He still uses the LCHF WOE and tries to keep his fat percent of his food plan at about 55 to 70 percent. His last heart attack was just over three years ago now and on his last stress test and a couple of other heart scans have been very good and his doctor praises him for his low fat maintenance - if only he knew. He did not jump right into LCHF, but slowly converted to this. He keeps his carbs below 30 grams of carbohydrates, and his protein level is about 25 to 35 percent of his food plan.

We have talked many times about this and he says that he is very strict on the number of carbs and lets the fat and protein float as necessary. He tries to keep the percent of protein under 35 percent, but admits that it occasionally gets nearer 40 percent. His doctor has no objections to 40 percent protein because he exercises heavily - swimming, walking, running, and using his tread climber indoor exerciser during bad weather.

Your husband must talk to the doctor about the percent of protein that is safe for him because of dialysis.

Edith_Orquid 12-01-2015 02:21

My husband has the "sleeve" which is a type of weight loss surgery so his protein intake must be high due to it.

Unfortunately he is not very active at all since he is always exhausted due to dialysis.

I didn't push him to try LCHF but noticed my benefits from it. It would be great to have one menu vs two.

RobertIA 12-01-2015 04:00

Some people do well on dialysis, and others seem to lose interest in life. From losing two friends that refused to continue on dialysis, I am extra cautious with people on dialysis. A third friend on dialysis only has dialysis two times per week and is very tired that day, but the next day he is out walking. It has caused him to start out slow, but he now walks about an hour each day that he can. In the weather of late, he has to be extra careful in snow, but he still walks even if it is only half an hour. It is raining a cold rain today, but he is still walking. The three all had or have type 1 diabetes.

Maybe he could talk to the doctor and with the protein requirement, and if the doctor agrees - great. If he does not, he might temper his position some as he should understand that carbohydrates cause the most damage. I agree it would be great to have one menu and variations to start and he discovers what level of fat he can tolerate.

Edith_Orquid 12-01-2015 04:20

Thankfully my husband only needs to go twice a week for 4-1/2hrs but skips every chance he can get (at least once a week). He has/had type 2 diabetes but the weight loss has his BG under control and no need for insulin or pills to manage it. He unfortunately doesn't have a primary doctor he can ask (I know! I can't believe it either). He is stubborn but I hope to help him as much as I can because he still eats less but poorly.

RobertIA 12-01-2015 04:23

I would go for it then and work him into it over about a month. Best of luck!

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