Archive | January 2013

Results Day!

Saw my diabetes nurse today to get the results from my blood test, and also as I hadn’t written down my previous results I also asked for those while I was at it so I could do a comparison.

Bearing in mind that I have been following a LCHF diet for just 3 months:

  • My HbA1c, which measures how your blood glucose control has been over the past three months, was 41 (5.9 in old money), down from 58 three months ago and 103 at diagnosis. To give you an idea of what that means, what is considered a good result for a diabetic is between 48 and 58, and for a non-diabetic person is 37 and below.
  • Weight down by 7.6kg
  • BMI down by 3.1
  • Blood pressure down from 120/80 to 112/70
  • Total Cholesterol up by 0.1, but
  • HDL up by 0.4, and
  • My Cholesterol to HDL ration was 3.9 (4.5 and under is considered good)

I am so chuffed.

Although everything screamed that I was doing the right thing, 30 years of being taught to base our meals on carbs and eat low-fat was a lot of conditioning to overcome, and there was always a little corner of my mind asking “What if you are wrong?”.

My diabetes nurse said I have excellent control of my diabetes and asked me what I was eating. I told her I had seriously cut back on my carbs.

She replied “OK, are you eating veg?”

I said “Yes, lots of green veg”

To which she replied “Wonderful.. keep doing what you are doing.”

To finish, I have borrowed this:

 

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What If I Am Wrong?

It’s getting close to the time I must have another blood glucose test and it marks the end of my 3-month trial of a LCHF diet. So, what if I am wrong?

Well, I have had three months of eating fatty food and very little carb, the benefits I have noticed include my weight loss, not a huge loss (but then I still probably eat too much if you think of food as calories) but I have also gone down a dress size in clothing. I am a UK size 20 now and at my biggest I was a 26/28! My hair is healthier, and I think it is less grey than it was, though this might be a figment of my imagination. My skin also appears healthier. I do sleep longer given the chance, I am not sure if that is a good thing but my theory is that my body now has the building blocks to do some repair work so needs me to sleep. Water retention in my legs has almost all gone, and my knees are less creaky.

However, this does not mean that my blood glucose is better controlled and that is the object of the exercise.. so what will I do if I am wrong?

What are the possible scenarios…

1. Blood glucose flat-lined at a nice healthy or at least much healthier than previously level.

2. Blood glucose slightly improved.

3. Blood glucose stayed the same, no improvement or deterioration.

4. Blood glucose level is higher, showing a marked deterioration in my condition.

I guess if it’s a 4.. then I change back to the recommended diet.

1, 2 or 3 and I stay LCHF, and see what the results are in June.

Found a good talk on sugar today. Its 90 minutes long so you need to make time to watch it but you wont regret doing so.

Sugar, the bitter truth