Doctor visit went well

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-11-29 12:56:56 -0600
Started 2014-11-21 19:22:31 -0600

I just got settled back in at home after visit with Endo/ Lipid Specialist and a consult with a nutritionist. As I predicted my lipid issues are more from genetics than my diet. The cholesterol and triglycerides go as far back as my grandparents on both sides. I know this because I am a genealogist and have records to show. The doctor is taking me off the lopid and the niacin and putting me on Atorvastatin 40mg once daily. I will need to make some small changes to my diet but nothing I can't handle. I go back in 6 weeks to see if there are any changes.

13 replies

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-29 12:43:04 -0600 Report

I am also on Atorvastatin and it seems to work well for me, is this Doctor also treating your diabetes now?

BreC 2014-11-29 12:56:56 -0600 Report

He is along with my family physician. I make sure that whatever regiment I am put on, all my doctors know and get a report. Communication between them all is very important to me.

RosalieM 2014-11-23 14:40:19 -0600 Report

Hi Brec,
If you have a record of what your grandparents triglycerides were, do you also have a record of what their diet was like? Carbohydrates are usually responsible
for high triglycerides. Cholesterol is often genetic but your grandparents may have had a high carbohydrate diet which could be the problem with triglycerides, not your genes. Example, Italians eat a lot of pasta etc. It would be interesting to know what nationalities they were and the foods they ate. This could be important information for you as you may be able to lower your triglycerides.
Grandma Rose

BreC 2014-11-24 15:57:05 -0600 Report

I know that my Granny Harris made her own butter, used lots of lard, and raised her own chickens, hogs, etc while Pappy Barber(her 2nd husband) was still living. She also made cracklins. Homemade biscuits, etc. So I'm sure her diet wasn't the best and we ate whatever she cooked when we visited her. Granny Harris' house was like a second home to us. Granny died of cancer. My fathers mother was called "Big Mama". I'm not really sure what kind of diet she was on but know she died from heart related problems. Grandpa Harris died of heart problems but I never knew him. Daddy's father died of stroke and heart related problems.

RosalieM 2014-11-25 12:51:06 -0600 Report

Hi Brec,
Thanks for the lessons in geneology It is so interesting. Something I have learned is that the genes are like a blue print for your body. Like a blue print to build a house. When the house is built or your body is built, the genes are no longer needed as is the blueprint for the house. As a blueprint still exists so do the genes. Genes can be turned on or off. Some of the ways to turn genes on are bad diet, stress, illness, grieving, sedentary life style etc. I have turned on my diabetes gene with a high carb diet because I didn't know what I was doing ort hat it was possible. I have a bad heart gene and stroke gene in my family, but I have not turned those on if I have the gene. Two of my brothers and my sister turned theirs on with smoking and excess alcohol and bad diet. Since I learned this, I am very careful. After having diabetes for 30 years, I have not turned the heart disease or stroke gene.
My cholesterol is considered high, 230-250 but my arteries are not clogged. I am doing an ongoing experiment with this because I want to be healthy I like experiments.
I am 76 years old that figures in too.
Grandma Rose

Glucerna 2014-11-22 19:27:03 -0600 Report

It's great that you are able to work with your physician to figure out the best medications and lifestyle changes for your individual situation. ~Lynn @Glucerna

BreC 2014-11-22 11:59:17 -0600 Report

It's kinda funny how ones interest can help with medical issues. I have been a genealogist since 1994 and having info from my grandparents plays right into the medical issues I have now. I also have a copy of death certificates for my grandparents and at least 3 great grandparents. Of course in the 1800's and early 1900's they didn't have the medical knowledge of today and one had to dig deep to figure out what the issues actually are. I know that heart problems, diabetes, cholesterol, and kidney problems are genetic.

jayabee52 2014-11-22 15:01:16 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre
Perhaps you'd like to look into taking CoQ 10 which is leached out of your body by statins but is a necessary enzyme for muscle function and heart health. It is ironic that the statin which is Rx'd to help your heart is also implicated in doing possible damage to your heart.

Praying for better health for you.


Type1Lou 2014-11-22 11:25:09 -0600 Report

Hi Bre! I've been on 40mg of simvastatin for years now, luckily with no adverse effects and my lipids are within acceptable ranges. Did you know, that as diabetics, the doctors like us to be at or lower than 170 total cholesterol. I only learned that a few years back.

RosalieM 2014-11-25 12:58:20 -0600 Report

You are correct Dr. do want us to have cholesterol at 170 or less. The other part of the story is that just as many people with low cholesterol die of heart attacks as people with high cholesterol. Statins cause diabetes, liver failure and muscle damage. I will take my chances with my cholesterol.
My tryglercides ? are 59. 150 is considered normal. My cholesterol ratio is 2.5 normal is 5. Those numbers are important. I don't worry about my cholesterol at 230-250. I am a rebel. Grandma Rose

MaxieFo 2014-11-22 08:38:12 -0600 Report

Glad to here your lipid issue turned out to be something that you were already aware of. I think when one is aware of certain facts before hand it can make getting a professional diagnoses less overwhelming.

GabbyPA 2014-11-22 07:19:56 -0600 Report

Answers are always good to know. It can be scary to think about them, but once you know at least you have a direction to follow.

RosalieM 2014-11-25 13:04:31 -0600 Report

Education about our condition is very important. It makes it possible to question the "experts" who often are like elephants at a circus. They grab the tail of the elephant in front of them and they all go in a circle. New information rarely enters that circle unless someone breaks in.
The real experts in diabetes are diabetics.
Grandma Rose