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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by southamptonsteve1959, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. southamptonsteve1959

    southamptonsteve1959 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thank you for the reply. I have lost 10kg in the last 4 weeks, taking 30+ minute walks and swimming, I'm off anything sugar and starting to learn about carbs. Off the booze as well as I liked my wine, prob too much! Seeing my nurse tomorrow, she is the only one I have to hold a conversation with about all this which is why I'm looking to buddy someone, I did this with my cancer recovery and found it really supportive. You have an amazing story, well done you. I hope to follow the same path.
     
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    southamptonsteve1959 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Yes, fantastic. Very supportive
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Be aware some medical professionals are very wary or anti low carb. It is almost always through no or mistaken knowledge. It is supported by the nhs. There is a prescribable low carb course, there are training modules for medical staff too. Though she may or may not know anything about these. I know a few west Hampshire ccg diabetes team members are actually quite positive so fingers crossed for you.
     
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    southamptonsteve1959 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thank you. Some good advice here and I'll look into all of it. I've never been keen on pasta so I'll not miss that. Not much rice in my diet. I love omelettes and have become a master of them, mushroom my fav. I do miss chocolate, I see it everywhere and feel sad that I must try and get through the rest of my live without eating a whole bar again. I'm still learning what I can eat and what I should avoid, the low carb diet seems to be the universal message. You've done well you must be really pleased. Good job. Regards Steve
     
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    southamptonsteve1959 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Yes I do the same, I've had to stop the mix with fruit as thats not good. I'm eating nuts I never heard of before, and enjoying them, I would have snacked on choc biscuits before! Thank you.
     
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    southamptonsteve1959 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I'll let you know how it goes, I want to do it, looks the way to go.
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    As you get used to less sugar and carbs try dark chocolate. The darker the better whereas once I hated it I am up to 85%-90% cocoa. An entire bar is less than 20g carbs (not that I suggest a whole bar at a time , just a square or two).
     
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    SaskiaKC Type 2 · Expert

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    I went from about 54% dark baking chocolate to 92% and now 95% dark chocolate. I now prefer the 95%. It really didn't take any time at all for me to acquire a taste for it.
    @southamptonsteve1959 Do keep an eye on your cholesterol numbers when you see your doctor/nurse. On LCHF I lost a lot of weight but my LDL numbers were high. My doctor seems to think that for me it might be genetic, and I have seen on this board that apparently LCHF does not result in high LDL numbers for everyone. But I pay attention to mine.
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    High ldl can also be temporary caused whilst losing weight by any method at all not just low carb.
    It is also calculated not measured and whilst on very low carb the calculations make assumptions not relevant to this way of eating.
    Which sort of ldl? Small dense or big and fluffy? One is bad other is just fine.
    Is it even a problem? Does it actually reflect real risk?

    It’s really not as simple as most gp’s seem to believe.
     
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    SaskiaKC Type 2 · Expert

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    Well since my doctor is medically trained, and says that high LDL numbers can cause risk for heart attacks and heart disease and strokes, and can be caused by eating LCHF, and since my LDL is MEASURED in the blood lab work along with A1C and other panels, yes, I think high LDL can be a problem.
    I would rather risk the gradual risk of higher BG numbers than the sometimes immediate results of a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease.
    So, as I said, while LCHF does not seem to result in high LDL for some people, OTOH I am not going to advocate LCHF across the board for everyone. I am not medically trained, and I do not see people here posting their LDL numbers every morning.
    :)
     
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    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I am much the same boat as you and you will handle this. As far as beer goes I can recommend Marston's Resolution. Someone on this forum put me on to it. It's only 1.6g carbs a bottle (225ml) and although it's not the greatest beer in the world it is around 4.9abv and does taste like beer, unlike all the other low-carb beers I've tried. You can't go crazy on this but even with my keto diet I can often have a couple without busting my daily limit. BTW, don't even bother with Michelob Ultra, just water.
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    And not all medically trained drs agree ! If your ldl is measured not calculated it’s in the minority. Not sure the relevance of posting ldl numbers particularly daily.

    Your body, your choice entirely. :)
     
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    Hi. It is an a lonely place at the start. This forum can help you loads. Regarding the weight loss ...keep asking questions as I was diagnosed type 2 until I got a hospital referral then told I was type 1. Have the odd glass of wine it keeping you sane.
     
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    If you're into nuts, I always get mine at Lidl. They have quite a good range and are a lot cheaper than most other places. Alternatively you could try online. if you can buy in bulk then you can make some good savings. Online is also a good place to find things like nut flours, seeds, etc. if you're into replacing some of the foods you were used to before diagnosis. Lots of recipes at the https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes and many other sites. I've emptied all my kitchen cupboards of the pasta, rice, etc. not forgetting all the ready made soups and sauces that were packed with carbs, especially sugars. If you must buy pre-made foods, always read the labels. Once you get in the swing of it you'll find you feel much better for it. AND don't forget to exercise.
     
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    Hi southamptonsteve1959,
    I'm across the pond in California, USA, but I'm sending you a virtual hug and the best vibes I can manage to help you through all this. I've had T1 for 52 years and even for an old pro like me, it can all be pretty daunting. You've definitely come to the right place; the folks here have been a wealth of goodness! I hope you'll find a community that's local, but you've got us in the meanwhile.
     
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    The UK is very much behind with knowledge on cholesterol, unlike other countries where they have done a lot of research. There are some medical professionals who are up to date with their knowledge and have published books about it. I have bought a few of these from Amazon and recommend these two: "The Great Cholesterol Myth" by Johnny Bowden and "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Dr Malcolm McKendrick.

    A few years back I came across a scientific report online by Harumi Okuyama, Peter H Langsjoen, Tomohito Hamazaki, Yoichi Ogushi, Rokuro Hama, Tetsuyuki Kobayashi and Hajime Uchino. It was based on extensive research done by Japan and the USA. See: http://fliphtml5.com/geii/eeeq/basic At the time, I was on a very high dose of Simvastatin (80mg) for at least 15 years and developed electrolyte problems, kidney failure (high creatinine levels), heart failure (one of my heart muscles was weak) and Type 2 diabetes. All of these are mentioned in the report. Since coming off the statins, I have been taking supplements Co-enzme Q10, Vitamin K2 and selenium as recommended in the report. My electrolytes are now normal, my kidney creatinine levels have reduced, I have been discharged from the heart failure clinic and I have my diabetes under control.

    I gave a copy of the report to my GP who was in full agreement to my coming off the statins. I have also read recently that research has shown that heart attacks are more likely to occur in people who have low cholesterol than those with high figures. The research is out there in books and online but it is up to each individual to form their own opinion. Medical professionals are not all up to date in their knowledge and many are bound by NHS guidelines which are several years out of date.
     
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    Your doctor has been trained in the lipid heart hypothesis and by drug company reps that the best way to preovent a heart attack is to lower ldl cholesterol. Because type 2 diabetics have a higher incidence of heart disease and elevated levels of LDL is is assumed that it is safer to lower those patients' ldl levels. But there are many sceptics of this theory and even the risk calculator used by your GP looks at things other than LDL e.g. triglycerides and HDL in your blood. Those are reckoned to be a far better marker of risk however they cannot be improved via pharmaceuticals but by diet. The Low Carb High Fat diet improves most of the risk factors including blood pressure and glycemic control (diabetes).
    Statins DO reduce ldl but ask your GP what the statistical probability of you living a day longer/not having a heart attack is? For example even if you had already had proven heart disease, you would still only have a 1 in 84 chance of preventing a future heart attack by taking a statin. You might think that this intervention is still worthwhile but that depends on the side effects that are fairly common in statin users.
    Being diabetic as taught me to question any GP or doctor who can't explain to me why I should take a particular drug just because I am diabetic.
     
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    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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