If you have been diagnoses with diabetes (type 2) you most likely have been given statins to get your cholesterol down and protect your heart. You have two types of cholesterol. Little tiny particles, they stick to blood vessels, and big fluffy particles, they clean the tiny particles out of blood vessels. Your total cholesterol numbers don't mean a lot for most people, even diabetics. Your ratio of big to small particles does mean a lot though. The more big particles of cholesterol you have the fewer small particles you will have that is reflected in your cholesterol ratio. The ratio should be 4.5 or less. (Mayo Clinic) The other fat number you want to watch is triglycerides. Triglycerides are fats too and if your triglycerides are over 150, that means you have too much carbohydrate in your diet. These fats clog arteries. Doctors don't usually know much about nutrition so they make this mistake. When you have your blood tested, ask for the printout of the
results. Highlight triglycerides and your cholesterol ratio as well as your A1c. This will help you
understand whether you really need statins. It is a goods idea to have your heart arteries scanned to see how your arteries look. The American Diabetes Association, doctors and diabetes educators have you cut the fat out of everything, that is incorrect too. Saturated fat does not raise cholesterol, trans fat (fake fat) do. It is excess carbohydrates that do the damage. I have a low carb, high saturated fat diet, my cholesterol ratio is 2.5 (4.5 is acceptable) my triglycerides are 63
(150 is acceptable) Mayo Clinic says to get good numbers, you need to exercise and eat a whole foods, high fiber, diet (no processed foods). My total cholesterol is 230-250 (considered high)and has been for forty years. I have the records to prove it. My arteries are not clogged and I have been diabetic for 30 years. Take control of your cholesterol and stay off statins. Exercise, eat low carb, high fiber, whole foods and a high fat diet. Watch your cholesterol numbers go in the right direction. Your weight will go down as well along with your A1c.
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