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Old 07-03-2017, 04:23   #1
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Hi. I'm here to introduce myself.

The techie bits: Type 2, diagnosed about six years ago. Controlled it with a LC diet and exercise and didn't think too much about it. I didn't have the "usual symptoms" and I kept blowing low 6s on my A1c. I was doing alright. Right?

About a month ago something ... changed. In one week I had what felt like a (rare) hyperglycemic reaction to a meal that should not have done that to me. And a couple of "gotta eat now" episodes. And a couple of bouts of raging heartburn. I was at the doctor's office within a couple of days. My A1c came back at 6.9 -- same as my previous test three months earlier. LDL was just under 100.

My doctor has been okay with the diet control but was pushing me to start a statin. I flat out refused. I had been doing so well not following the almighty Protocol. The whole "carb up and shoot up" approach to DM care does not sit well with me. All I knew about statins was anecdotal and cautionary tales from others. I'm wary.

But the visit did jolt me into action. I am now measuring my BG daily. I'm still LC but have tried to work in more lower-fat choices to lower my LDL. I'm doing more exercise.

And getting more education. I've already read Blood Sugar 101 and can see I need to make some more changes. I'm still charting my BG but still associating what I eat with my BG after. Still working out a before-bed snack because my wake-up BG hits 130 consistently. I'm here to learn.

The softer stuff: I live in the North Central United States. I'm not quite retirement age but I left a soul-sucking IT job five years ago because I figured that would kill me before the T2 would. Dear Wife (DW) and I adjusted some and we're both happy with the change. I manage the house and our finances and DW goes to a job she loves every day. Good deal!

I like to cook and eat, which has made the DM diagnosis both easier and harder to manage. DW and I like to dance, which has made getting out and moving a lot easier. Most of my volunteer work involves movement, not desk work, so that helps. DW and I are grandparents and expecting Grandchild #2 literally any day now. I like things simple, though I've learned through life that sometimes Occam wasn't always right.

I'm looking forward to spending more time here and managing my DM so I can enjoy many years ahead.

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Welcome! Sounds like you're well-educated and motivated - what a great combination!

Like you, I also have refused statins, though my LDL was a whole lot higher than yours when I did. Not sure what it is now because I dodge the issue by no longer getting a lipid panel, I'm that stubborn on the statin issue.

In your case, it's surprising, because your LDL is so good! It seems many physicians want to prescribe statins to all diabetics even with in-range LDL.

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It seems many physicians want to prescribe statins to all diabetics even with in-range LDL.
"But it will only be a low dose." Nuh-uhh, the camel isn't getting its nose in this tent. Especially with the LDL that low. It's not a new problem. I know there are other ways to address it.

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Hi itissteve, welcome to the forum.

I don't think it is proven that LDL is the problem, yes it is involved when there is something causing inflammation in the arteries, because that is one of its jobs. Its a classic case of correlation, not causation, and guess where the blame lies.

By the way, the same holds true with most natural fats, it is the man-made or man-altered fats that are bad for you. The natural fats started getting blamed for causing all the problems that began to grow along with the increased availability of carb ladened processed foods. Again, guess where the blame lies.

You might enjoy reading more about fats and cholesterol by Dr.Peter Attia (The Eating Academy). He's written a lot of very good stuff. Although he has slowed down a bit now, there is a lot of info to get from his past blogs. Another good site is Petro Dobromylskyj's blogspot, Hyperlipid. Drs.Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney are also a good source of info, you can google them.

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Thanks for the welcome and the links!

My primary care provider is fairly young and so has not been exposed to so much "old information". At the same time, however, she (like everyone else) has a boss (typically "old-school") and they tend to like consistency and stuff they can measure. I guess I'll find out how willing she is to collaborate with me in tackling T2 the way I want to; she's given me the room so far.

I looked through Attia's and Dobromylskyj's sites and will have to re-read them for greater comprehension. But I'll have those links with me to give her if she wants more technical backup than I can present at our next appointment.

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