Shanny, your experience is compelling to me since I am a recently diagnosed type 2; and I am also making progress on a low 50g carb per day diet. I would very much like to hear what else you do to get the PLUMMET in lipids you mention. Your signature file is very helpful to clue me into what supplements I might try. If you have described this in other threads on this forum, perhaps you can point me to that? Thanks.
For my own lipids, I went on lovastatin for a year, and got them lowered, whereupon my doc agreed to discontinue the statin. It is my husband's lipid profile that dropped dramatically with only diet to account for it. This is the thread where I showed his numbers over the last seven years - http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabetes-forum-lounge/4481-test-results-non-diabetic.html#post31322
. Since our doc knows how strictly I low-carb, he attached the "tell Shannon" note to husband's test results. If the overall numbers aren't overly dramatic, his triglycerides definitely "plummeted"! I should clarify that the low-carbing began gradually after my D diagnosis in May, 2009, and prob'ly stabilized at 50g/per day by January 2010. I also speculate that the rise in his LDL is due to the reduction of the small/dense LDL particles and an increase of light/fluffy particles; more of a good thing.
But my husband doesn't take any of the supplements I take, and my way of eating is just to eliminate any food that sends my glucose over 140. So we find ourselves eating mainly meat/poultry/fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, and high-fiber vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, etc. There are a few high-fiber bread-type products I can tolerate, like multi-grain thin buns and low-carb high-fiber tortillas, and I enjoy sugar-free gelatin with real dairy whipped cream, as well as desserts like this low-carb carrot cake
. These have all become his diet too. We don't restrict fats at all - full-fat versions of mayo, sour cream, cottage cheese, dairy butter, and heavy whipping cream for coffee & any sauces/gravies where milk might be called for (I dilute the heavy cream 1:1 with water for everything except the coffee.)
Admittedly, he supplemented with occasional helpings of ice cream, cold cereal (I swear he's addicted to it!)
, English muffins for breakfast, etc., but even with that, his carb intake was sharply reduced because we simply don't eat rice/bread/potatoes/sweets anymore - they aren't even in the house.
I hope this helps, Ken . . . if you have more specific questions, fire away!