Today I am thankful for my daughter.
We just received reports from hubby’s 12 month lab tests. I must say we are elated!
First, let me tell you that between the 2 of us we have lost 70 pounds. He: 45 pounds and I: 25 pounds. (He had more to lose.)
The first set of labs (cholesterol panel, chemistries) were not as much better as I had expected last March. Then upon reviewing what we were doing, we found hubby was using a prescription corticosteroid cream on a psoriasis/eczema skin condition that he has had for about 50 years. He stopped using it in the spring and throughout the summer, it had lessened without the medicated cream.
So now, he had his follow-up labs done without the corticosteroid in his blood. This drug is a poison! We’ll do anything to keep him from using it. It will increase blood pressure and triglycerides.
His most recent labs were:
DATE MAY, 2014 NOVEMBER, 2014
TOTAL CHOLESTEROL 271 260
HDL 40 57
LDL 200.6 181
TRIGLYCERIDES 152 111
CHOLESTEROL/HDL RATIO 6.8 4.6
TRIGLYCERIDE/HDL RATIO 3.8 1.95
CRP 8 0.5
HG A1C 5.7
VITAMIN D 72
We are so pleased with the results! Except for one. HgA1C. This provides the state of the blood sugar for the past 3 months. His is borderline. Although he had decreased his morning blood sugars to the 80’s since last November, during the summer, he HAD to have buns for his hot dogs and hamburgers and cake at the kids’ birthday parties. This all happened in August, September and October. Now he knows. No buns/bread and cut the cake.
Starting from the top, total cholesterol should be no higher than 200. His was 271 in May and 260 in November-a decrease. I understand that when you are losing weight, the cholesterol is higher in your blood and he is still losing. Additionally, the high total cholesterol really doesn’t mean anything. Importance falls on the HDL number, the good cholesterol and its relationship to triglycerides.
Next up, HDL. In May it was 40, one of the highest numbers ever and in November it was 57!!!! This is fantastic for him. Huge improvement in his good cholesterol.
Third is the LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Again, in May it was 200.6 and November it was 181. Definitely coming down. And without any statins.
Fourth, probably one of the most important numbers: triglycerides. May’s was 152. (He has had as high as 1200!) November was 111! True improvement!
Fifth, the cholesterol/HDL ratio. Most medical doctors see this as a risk ratio. Average male is 4.97. His was 6.8 in May and now, in November it is 4.6! Another improvement.
Sixth, the all important triglyceride/HDL ratio. This is becoming the most important determinant of heart disease. 4 is too high, above 6 is much too high. Below 2 is ideal. In May he was 3.8-not bad. In November he was 1.95! Fantastic!!
Seventh was C-Reactive Protein or CRP. This reveals the amount of inflammation in the body and therefore, the risk of heart disease. Less than 1.0 is low risk. Over 1.0 is average risk. High risk is over 3.0. Before November he was 8. Now, he is 0.5!!!!
Eighth, his HgA1C which I have already discussed above. He knows he has work to do there. I have found a great bread recipe that is low carb and he loves it. I think he has this one licked.
Ninth, Vitamin D. This vitamin is really a hormone. It is catalyst to many actions in our bodies, such as making testosterone. We try for around 80. His is 72. We increased the Vitamin D by 2000. Less sun out now so his body makes less of it.
There you have it!
He feels better than he has in 40 years! And he is 68!
Life is good!
God is good!
Click here for this November 2014 Health Impact News article
Health Impact News Editor
Sweden has become the first Western nation to develop national dietary guidelines that reject the popular low-fat diet dogma in favor of low-carb high-fat nutrition advice.
The switch in dietary advice followed the publication of a two-year study by the independent Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment. The committee reviewed 16,000 studies published through May 31, 2013.
Swedish doctor, Andreas Eenfeldt, who runs the most popular health blog in Scandinavia (DietDoctor.com) published some of the highlights of this study in English:
Health markers will improve on a low-carbohydrate diet:
…a greater increase in HDL cholesterol (“the good cholesterol”) without having any adverse affects on LDL cholesterol (“the bad cholesterol”). This applies to both the moderate low-carbohydrate intake of less than 40 percent of the total energy intake, as well as to the stricter low-carbohydrate diet, where carbohydrate intake is less than 20 percent of the total energy intake. In addition, the stricter low-carbohydrate diet will lead to improved glucose levels for individuals with obesity and diabetes, and to marginally decreased levels of triglycerides.” (Source.)
Dr. Eenfeldt also translated an article from a local Swedish newspaper covering the committee’s findings:
Butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and bacon are not harmful foods. Quite the opposite. Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight. And there are no connections between a high fat intake and cardiovascular disease.
On Monday, SBU, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment, dropped a bombshell. After a two-year long inquiry, reviewing 16,000 studies, the report “Dietary Treatment for Obesity” upends the conventional dietary guidelines for obese or diabetic people.
For a long time, the health care system has given the public advice to avoid fat, saturated fat in particular, and calories. A low-carb diet (LCHF – Low Carb High Fat, is actually a Swedish “invention”) has been dismissed as harmful, a humbug and as being a fad diet lacking any scientific basis.
Instead, the health care system has urged diabetics to eat a lot of fruit (=sugar) and low-fat products with considerable amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners, the latter a dangerous trigger for the sugar-addicted person.
This report turns the current concepts upside down and advocates a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, as the most effective weapon against obesity.
The expert committee consisted of ten physicians, and several of them were skeptics to low-carbohydrate diets at the beginning of the investigation. (Source.)
One of the committee members was Prof. Fredrik Nyström, from Linköping, Sweden – a long-time critic of the low-fat diet and a proponent of the benefits of saturated fat, from sources such as butter, full fat cream, and bacon. Some quotes from Prof. Nyström translated into English from Dr. Eenfeldt:
“I’ve been working with this for so long. It feels great to have this scientific report, and that the skepticism towards low-carb diets among my colleagues has disappeared during the course of the work. When all recent scientific studies are lined up the result is indisputable: our deep-seated fear of fat is completely unfounded. You don’t get fat from fatty foods, just as you don’t get atherosclerosis from calcium or turn green from green vegetables.”
Nyström has long advocated a greatly reduced intake of carbohydrate-rich foods high in sugar and starch, in order to achieve healthy levels of insulin, blood lipids and the good cholesterol. This means doing away with sugar, potatoes, pasta, rice, wheat flour, bread, and embracing olive oil, nuts, butter, full fat cream, oily fish and fattier meat cuts. “If you eat potatoes you might as well eat candy. Potatoes contain glucose units in a chain, which is converted to sugar in the GI tract. Such a diet causes blood sugar, and then the hormone insulin, to skyrocket.”
There are many mantras we have been taught to accept as truths:
“Calories are calories, no matter where they come from.”
“It’s all about the balance between calories in and calories out.”
“People are fat because they don’t move enough.”
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
“Of course these are not true. This kind of nonsense has people with weight problems feeling bad about themselves. As if it were all about their inferior character. For many people a greater intake of fat means that you’ll feel satiated, stay so longer, and have less of a need to eat every five minutes. On the other hand, you won’t feel satiated after drinking a Coke, or after eating almost fat free, low-fat fruit yogurt loaded with sugar. Sure, exercise is great in many ways, but what really affects weight is diet.” (Source.)
This is a continuing medical education program for oncologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Cancer CAN be mitigated by diet! Cancer cells NEED blood sugar to survive. Without enough, the cancer cells seem to commit suicide and die.
This is something I’ve been documenting and telling my family and friends about for a while now. It is important. And perhaps the more important part of this which was really not addressed here:
Eating high fat and LOW CARBOHYDRATE probably can stop cancer from becoming a disease in your body. Think about that for a minute.
Now watch this research presentation by physicians for physicians.