I haven't had a lipid panel an 4 or 5 years. My former doctor prescribed something for cholesterol but it made me feel fatigued and bloated. Since my cholesteral was only 4 or 5 points of normal, I stopped taking it.
A couple of months or so ago, I began intermittent fasting because the levemir my doctor prescribed for type 2 diabetes caused voracious hunger, lethargy and weight gain. I have been taking metformin for years w/no problems and still no problems with that one. I lost about 10 lbs. over a couple of months and my energy level and mood soared. I began lots of walking, then joined a health club where I do swim aerobics, pool stretches, treadmill and lift weights (starting out slow but already see a difference in my legs).
Since I started 10mg atorvastatin 1 x day 3 days ago, I've regained 5 lbs. My eyes, face, chin and upper arms feel puffy, vision blurry, feel fatigued, have leg pain and foot/shin cramps. These seem to be common side-effects of this med.
Since my cholesterol/HDL ratio is 4.8 (which puts me at moderate risk) and my cholesterol is only 207, HDL 43 and LDL 134, triglycerides 149, I have decided to stop taking the medication, no matter what my doctor says. I have also read that it can raise fasting BG levels.
I just need diet advice from those who do intermittent fasting and changed their diet. The only changes to my diet while intermittent fasting was to drink whole organic milk (which I never drank before), eat more cottage cheese, eat bacon and eggs or bacon sandwiches about once every day or two, use ground beef instead of turkey in dishes and sometimes add bacon grease for flavoring while cooking. I'm wondering if I should cut out the milk, stop eating red meat (eat ground turkey instead), stop eating bacon, and just stick to fats like coconut oil, butter, olive oil, nuts and avocados with cottage cheese. I know I need to eat less, but I'm not eating more since on the atorvastatin but I've gained 5 lbs. and don't have the energy for strenuous workouts anymore and I'm nervous. Any suggestions (especially for cookbooks) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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