So I've recently made the jump into a low-carb diet after tapering down for many many months. I'm trying to knock off some of this weight I've gained over the past year or so. My problem is that I have borderline (~190) high cholesterol. I control with diet and exercise (low fat), but have noticed that a lot of low carb choices are a little higher fat than what I am used to. I am worried that all of this extra dietary fat is going to spike it up further, despite my best efforts to cut fat where I can and exercise.
Right now I am mostly eating chicken and veggies, but there is a lot of fat in the plain greek yogurt I am eating, as well as in nuts and cheese.(I am following Bernstein's guidelines for the most part)
What do you all low-carb eaters do out there? Have any of you had trouble with cholesterol after going low-carb?
Great informative post, John. Wish more were aware that doctors get their drug info from pharm reps selling the product. Statins are a multi billion dollar business. Also, some doctors receive lecture fees, honorariums from Pharma & who knows what other perks. Man, what a corrupt system!
When I tell people how much fat I consume they look at me like I have 2 heads. Then they tell me that diet will make me fat. Increasing my fat has allowed me to lose my last 30 pounds that I've been carrying around since my early 30's. So for 30 years I couldn't get rid of it with low fat, exercise, etc. I now weigh 120 and look fairly thin. I find it takes 6 months to a year or until you have stabalized your weight before cholesterol comes down. Many doctors during this period will try to convince you that you need statins. I fell for it and they nearly killed me. So I took myself off of them. The one thing a high fat diet does is increase your good HDL cholesterol. Mine is almost 100. So I really don't care about LDL.
Similar story about my own father. Remember that they were doing their best to follow the advice that they were given by the docs and by the govt. and it wasn't THEIR fault it was bad advice. I remember how hard my mother tried to follow the guidelines in the hope that it would save my father's life. And such a tragedy for her that he died in spite of her conscientious efforts. She outlived him by 15 sad years. :-(
There's still a long way to go in this battle, but I can see progress, inching its way forward, so I have hope for future generations, even it may be too late for the current, non-internet savvy one. Continue to do your best, and may you live long and prosper, LOL!!
I agree Alan (although I don't know about the bird thing). I just want to punch those doctors in the nose! I have talked to several T2's recently. "My levels are good, usually around 100 each week when I test. My A1c is 6.8. / My Dr says my A1c is fine at about 7. But I'm starting to have vision problems and numbness.
I'm surprised when they do not understand or have never heard what their A1c means or how it works. No concept of testing for different foods. On and on and on. To me this is the single biggest tragedy of D.
I went low carb (more Paleo, but same-ish thing) and within the first 6 weeks I lost 20 lbs and my cholesterol dropped from 200 to 155!! I eat all the eggs (plus yolks), cheese, fats, etc that I want. Lots of veggies. Good Luck!