Looking for advice & information

By MicheZ Latest Reply 2013-02-23 11:47:07 -0600
Started 2013-02-16 14:26:41 -0600

I'm T2 for many years and have never had great control. Have been eating low carb & increasing exercising. A little weight loss recently, but still a long way to go.
Dr. visit on 2/13 & A1c lowest in 6+ years! 7.5!! But then the Dr. said LDL was high - 153 - & wants to start me on statins.
I want to get OFF medications — not add more!!
Any suggestions, help, articles, personal experiences, etc. would be greatly appreciated!!

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mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-23 11:47:07 -0600 Report

I applaud your statement "I want to get OFF medications - not add more!!" Good for you.

My husband is a T2D and has been for over 30 years. In 2002 he was 280 pounds, had severe neuropathy in both his feet that limited his walking to less than 75 feet at any one time, he was on 43 units of insulin, diuretics, pain medications for nueropathy (Neurontin), statins and more.

In 2003 he began a program that I developed for him. After reading Dr. Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution" and Gary Taubes, "Why We Get Fat" and more, I knew I could help him.

In early 2003 on our program within 3 months he came off of all insulin and has never looked back. Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds and a few years ago lost another 20 for a total weight loss of 100 pounds! Within 1 year he was in 2 5K races and finished!! Neuropathy pain is gone, Pain meds are gone. Statins are gone - thank God.

Crestor can actually raise your blood sugars.

Muscle pain is a side effect of statins that can be a signal to you that your body is reacting severely to statins. You should contact your doctor immediately if you are taking a statin and getting muscle pain.

The protein in your muscles can actually break down because of statins. That condition is Rhabdomyolysis. The protein is broken down and enters the blood stream. The kidney's attempt to filter this hazardous material out of the blood eventually is unsuccessful. Kidney damage and eventually kidney failure is the outcome. Be mindful of the medications you are taking. Check with your pharmacist and know what can happen so that you can be alert to changes in your body. Muscle aches are not something to be ignored or lived with.

When the doctor says your LDL is high ask her which LDL? Is it the large fluffy LDL (type A) or is it the small dense particles (type B). Read Jonny Bowden's newest book, "The Great Cholesterol Myth" before going on any statins.

As we tell the people who attend our seminars, when buying medical treatment and/or advice; QUESTION EVERYTHING! It's your body!!!

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-22 06:25:55 -0600 Report

Somehow I listed my reply 3 times. :) This is how I am removing one of them so as to not be repetitive. I don't see any "remove" button. Sorry about the repeats.
Mary, The Diabetes Lady

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-22 06:25:21 -0600 Report

Removing this one as well. Both of these were repeats of the reply that I posted. Got to keep my hands off the "enter" button and give the site a chance to post my comments :)

MicheZ 2013-02-18 14:42:53 -0600 Report

Thanks Joyce & Gabby! I'm definitely going to be looking into other alternatives. I already take krill, but I'm interested in other supplements too. Good to know about the exercise angle — I always need more reasons to keep motivated! Thanks again!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-18 12:37:23 -0600 Report

I was on a statin before being diagnosed with diabetes. I switched to Mazola Corn oil because a dietitian recommended it. In a year my LDL numbers had dropped. I stopped using it about a year before I was diagnosed. When I was diagnosed my LDL was up. I asked my doctor to give me the chance to lower it without the statins. I went back to Madola Corn Oil because it helped before. A year later my numbers were down again. He was surprised when I did.

I was looking at the news Saturday morning and a dietitian was discussing this topic. What I found interesting was that she said the best product to use for reducing cholesterol was corn oil when preparing foods. She was asked about olive oil. The dietitian said that although it was good to use, it didn't have the plant sterols I looked it up because I got lost and this is what I found:

Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are plant-based micro-nutrients naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils.1 Clinical studies indicate that, when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which, in turn, can lower LDL blood cholesterol.

The good thing about this product is that it has no carbs.

Lentyl 2013-02-18 14:55:38 -0600 Report

Thanks Joyce. I understood corn oil to be a detrimental oil. Hmmm. Learn something new every day.

GabbyPA 2013-02-18 10:16:31 -0600 Report

Oh the lovely statins. I cannot take them because they mess with my body so here are some things that I have done instead.

Exercise. That is the best way to increase your HDL which will help fight your LDL.
Niacin 250 TR caps. These can raise your blood sugars, so beware and talk to your doctor before taking them. I cannot take the 500's they mess with me too much.
Krill or fish oils. That is what my husband takes because the cholesterol meds he has tried make him sick. While he is still high, he has dropped his numbers significantly and the doctor is "okay" with this treatment. If he ate healthier, it might help, but he is a junkie for sure.

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