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I just wanted to share with you all the results of my being on LCHF for approx 9 - 10 weeks:

Previous A1C on 16/9 6.2 - Todays result 5.5

I am so happy with this result it just proves that LCHF for me works, my Doc was very impressed, didnt ask what type of diet I was on but just said whatever youre doing keep doing it, he suggested that I could come off Metformin but Ive decided to keep on it for now I only have 1 x 500 mg ER per day.

My BMI now at 24

Weight has dropped from 79kgs 12 months ago to 63 kgs

Ok now the not so good stuff he said my cholesterol isnt too good but agreed that I could try to get it down without using Crestor (statin), I explained that I believe that with diet & exercise & fish oil supplements etc it will come down, so he will have another look at it at my next 3 monthly check up.

I will post my numbers & would greatly appreciate any advise as I am determined not to go back on a statin.

Thanks to all on this forum, without your advise & wisdom I would still be following the ADA's advise & I'm sure my numbers would be climbing, I am now doing the happy dance :bounce:

16/9/2011 FBG 6.7 16/12/2011 FBG 5.2
16/9/2011 Chol 5.1 16/12/2011 Chol 7.7
16/9/2011 Trigs 1.0 16/12/2011 Trigs 0.9
16/9/2011 HDL 2.1 16/12/2011 HDL 2.4
16/9/2011 LDL 2.5 16/12/2011 LDL 4.9
16/9/2011 Chol/Ratio 2.4 16/12/2011 Chol/Ratio 3.2
16/9/2011 A1C 6.2 16/12/2011 A1C 5.5
 

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These are ditto of my results. A1c went down but cholestrol up. People here think that the cholestrol will eventually fall on this LCHF diet. I am not a believer yet but have decided to check in another three months
 

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It can take several months to a year or more to get our lipids in order. In the beginning, on a low carb diet, your body purges itself of fats, which will be present in your blood. As long as your A1c is going down and your HDL is going up, you probably shouldn't worry about the other numbers, just be patient.

That's great on the A1c, congratulations!
 
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Great HbA1c results, Catherine. I am a bit confused by your Total cholesterol, because my latest results have a lower HDL and much higher LDL, but a lower Total cholesterol. :confused:

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Great HbA1c results, Catherine. I am a bit confused by your Total cholesterol, because my latest results have a lower HDL and much higher LDL, but a lower Total cholesterol. :confused:

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You & me both Ann although I confess to a very basic understanding of cholesterol structure, my feeling is that having a higher HDL is what convinced my doc to give me another 3 months to get my LDL down, I did try to discuss with him whether further tests could be carried out to determine if the LDL was of the large fluffy type or the smaller denser more troublesome type but he just kept saying that LDL was small type (English is not his 1st language) I dont think he understood what I was trying to ascertain & when I suggested further tests he sort of brushed me aside.
He wasnt too worried about what I was doing to get my A1C down as long as it was working for me, which sort of disappointed me in one respect (felt he was just trying to get me out the door) but in another as least he wasnt trying to talk me out of LCHF
I guess though I am just happy that diet is working, I have just started taking coconut oil & am doubling fish oil supplements so hopefully numbers will get better.
 

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Great result Catherine, you must be really pleased :)

I hope mine are as good. Fingers crossed...
 

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Congrats! Great A1C.I sure you can do this without meds. Good luck!
 

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Yea Catherine!!!!!! Keep it up!
 

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Congrats on the great numbers. People tend to freak out with the higher lipids but you need to understand in the first 6 months or so of a low carb diet your body is purging fats. That is why you see the weight loss. You are burning fat for energy, which is a good thing. Many of us see reduced Belly Fat. But the fats are still present in our blood while this is happening. So sometimes lipids increase at first but eventually will come down when you get to a maintenance phase of your diet.
 

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Muck...very happy for your A1C number going down! Great job kiddo! As far as the lipids are concerned, I had more success getting my lipids down then I did my A1C, so everyone is different.

With your fish oil supplements, just make sure that you are taking a high quality with good EPA and DHA numbers. The EPA and DHA numbers should equal together as closely to the mg of supplement you are taking. So, for instance, if you are taking a 1,000 mg (or 1 gram) fish oil supplement, the EPA and DHA added together should equal as close to 1,000 as possible. Most fish oil supplements only contain 300 mg of EPA and DHA combined, so it is really important to check that ratio. Since I switch to a supplement that has as close to 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA, and increased to 3 grams a day (so I take 6 fish oil tabs right now) my lipids have done wonderful. I am still on the crestor for cholesterol and it was better as well, but I might ask to be lowered or taken off of it next check up in April if it continues to decrease. I'd love to get off the statin, but last time I did my cholesterol shot way up, as well as my trigs. However, I was not eating LCHF at the time, so perhaps this time would be different.

Don't fret too much about it. You are doing great. Stay strong and keep doing what you are doing. Your HDL went up and your trigs dropped slightly. That is great news. HDL is good cholesterol so anytime it increases is a plus for you. Things will work out over the next several months. Hopefully for me too with the A1C. I've slipped a bit lately with the holiday's approaching and all, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my will power to just say "no".!
 

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Great result Catherine, you must be really pleased :)

I hope mine are as good. Fingers crossed...
Thanks I am pleased, my doc was very surprised

I'm sure you'll be fine too, did you manage to get a docs appt????
 

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Muck...very happy for your A1C number going down! Great job kiddo! As far as the lipids are concerned, I had more success getting my lipids down then I did my A1C, so everyone is different.

With your fish oil supplements, just make sure that you are taking a high quality with good EPA and DHA numbers. The EPA and DHA numbers should equal together as closely to the mg of supplement you are taking. So, for instance, if you are taking a 1,000 mg (or 1 gram) fish oil supplement, the EPA and DHA added together should equal as close to 1,000 as possible. Most fish oil supplements only contain 300 mg of EPA and DHA combined, so it is really important to check that ratio. Since I switch to a supplement that has as close to 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA, and increased to 3 grams a day (so I take 6 fish oil tabs right now) my lipids have done wonderful. I am still on the crestor for cholesterol and it was better as well, but I might ask to be lowered or taken off of it next check up in April if it continues to decrease. I'd love to get off the statin, but last time I did my cholesterol shot way up, as well as my trigs. However, I was not eating LCHF at the time, so perhaps this time would be different.

Don't fret too much about it. You are doing great. Stay strong and keep doing what you are doing. Your HDL went up and your trigs dropped slightly. That is great news. HDL is good cholesterol so anytime it increases is a plus for you. Things will work out over the next several months. Hopefully for me too with the A1C. I've slipped a bit lately with the holiday's approaching and all, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my will power to just say "no".!

Thanks Renee I am not fretting re cholesterol I suspected it may go up, I bought a huge jar of fish oil but on checking the label found that the EPA & DHA isnt high enough so will increase to 6 pr day until I use jar up, plus just managed to find coconut oil so have started on that as well, hopefully by next check up LDL will have improved, plus I wasnt on the LCHF for a full 3 months.

I'm sure you'll be back into it once hols are over, so many tempting goodies around at the moment, I know I have today planned for baking choc brownies, white Christmas, a Scottish sweet that has 2 lbs of sugar in it (my pancreas just squealed then I had to reassure it I wasnt having any lol) plus trifle & pavlova's tomorrow.

I think what amazes me is that I no longer feel hungry, I have to remind myself to eat, for me that is amazing asI love to bake & I used to love to eat what I had baked

Anyway going off for walk/jog now, thanks for your congrats :D
 

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Congrats! Great A1C.I sure you can do this without meds. Good luck!
Thanks, I was tempted when Doc advised I could either come off meds or stay on for another 3 months, but decided that staying on the Met for now isnt a bad thing I dont have any problems with it plus not sure if it may help my pancreas & beta cells, will see how my numbers are on next visit.
 

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It can take several months to a year or more to get our lipids in order. In the beginning, on a low carb diet, your body purges itself of fats, which will be present in your blood. As long as your A1c is going down and your HDL is going up, you probably shouldn't worry about the other numbers, just be patient.

That's great on the A1c, congratulations!
Many thanks, when I think of all the diabetic meetings I have been to in the past year after being DX & it was reiterated time & again that this is a progressive disease & I would most likely be on insulin within 5 years, with no suggestion of trying low carbing it makes me sad & angry for all the other "D" out there who dont have this knowledge & are following ADA advise.

I have to say with LCHF diet & exercise I feel terrific very healthy, & yes I will try to be patient :)
 

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Congrats on the great numbers. People tend to freak out with the higher lipids but you need to understand in the first 6 months or so of a low carb diet your body is purging fats. That is why you see the weight loss. You are burning fat for energy, which is a good thing. Many of us see reduced Belly Fat. But the fats are still present in our blood while this is happening. So sometimes lipids increase at first but eventually will come down when you get to a maintenance phase of your diet.
Thanks for the congrats & reassurance, I am not freaking out too much suspected it may go up as when I first went on Crestor my LDL did go down straight away, I just need to be patient.

As I said on another post since changing to LCHF I do feel really good & my body is responding well

Well off for a walk/jog to continue the good work :)
 
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