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Old 01-20-2007, 09:20 AM   #11
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The one sure fire method for dramatically improving triglycerides is to adopt a low carb way of eating. Have your cousin pick up the Atkins book.

It can be difficult to break a carbohydrate addiction, but at least with Atkins you can eat plenty of delicious fat. To have to eat low sugar AND low fat is a truly miserable experience. Atkins, also, if done correctly, increases fiber intake by increasing consumption of low carb vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:44 PM   #12
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I'm currently dealing with elevated triglycerides too. But my wife and I both started a strict diet plan the first of the year as well. In another month I'll be going back to the doctor for a follow up blood work and we'll see then how it's working. (I should add that the plan is not specifically aimed at triglycerides.) The plan we are on (called Slim4Life) seems to have only limited availability, as they only have centers in Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul at the moment, even though they have been around now for several years. But the plan is working for us as far as the weight loss is concerned. I'm down 20 pounds since Christmas Day, and best of all, I don't have that feeling of extreme deprivation that I've always gotten from other diets, including Atkins.

I'll report back after the next lab test as to whether it's helping my triglycerides and cholesterol.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:24 PM   #13
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Jkath,
there is a med that can be taken to lower triglycerides. It's called Lopid, or Gemfibrozil.
My mother took it for years and it kept her level down..The doctor, should have suggested ways to lower tryglycerides, it's difficult to do and some of us need help.The med works well and will really help if he finds it impossible to do on diet alone.
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I take lopid and glipizide. I'm not a big sweet eater, but I like my beer and carbs. Last time I had my blood sugar tested, it was 129, and I'd had 4-5 beers and as many shots of schnapps the night before.

I realize I seem a bit cavelier over health issues, but considering the shape my body is in, and the pain I deal with every day, I'm really not that concerned with extending my life all that much. I prefer to make the best of the time I have, and that doesn't include sacrificing things I enjoy.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:31 PM   #14
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I take lopid and glipizide. I'm not a big sweet eater, but I like my beer and carbs. Last time I had my blood sugar tested, it was 129, and I'd had 4-5 beers and as many shots of schnapps the night before.

I realize I seem a bit cavelier over health issues, but considering the shape my body is in, and the pain I deal with every day, I'm really not that concerned with extending my life all that much. I prefer to make the best of the time I have, and that doesn't include sacrificing things I enjoy.
Connie,
diabetes tends to magnify triglycerides,cholesterol,blood glucose levels. People tend to think it's just sweets that are the culprit, but sugar is a carb, so, you must then add in potatoes,rice,pasta,certain veggies. Sugar doesn't cause diabetes, nor do carbs,but they can and do, cause problems if consumed in massive amounts.. One thing I learned was to never feel I must give up all the things I enjoy in foods. I just exchange carbs, tend to eat less of carbs..I don't think we should give up everything we enjoy,then life would be bland and boring..I have found that controling my b/g helps with many things..I have less joint pain, I have more energy, I do not sacrafice believe me If I want a glass of wine, I just plan it in, chocolate cake, trade the starch for the goodie..
We all need to live our lives the way we need to..Life is short, enjoy it now..
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:43 PM   #15
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Hello All,

Speaking of hi triglycerides - My first test prior to thxgv put mine at 540. This was bad. I then had a fasting smack 20 blood workup, and it was at 320. This is still not good. Took a glucose test, and found out I was at the fork in the road to diabetic hiway. They put me on tricor and metformin.
I have modified my eating enough to crap a crop, and an orchard if I so had the desire. I am on a strict carb per meal plan. I have ridden my cadillac (bike) for 30 minutes 3-4 days per week for the last 8 weeks, and dropped a solid 10#'s. Dr says that is good because anymore would mean dehydration.
I cannot eat pasta, potatoes, rice, brown beans, corn or bread. I have a calorie king booklet that tells EVERY CARB count of EVERY food item out there, to include restaurant food (Starbucks incl) and every type of food (Sushi has a lot of carbs in the rice)
I take a Bayer aspirin for heart disease every morning, along w/ fish oil (Kirkland Brand from COstco) which has been proven to lower triglycerides.
This is a pain in my butt, but you know what? My body can no longer handle the starches I used to eat. I was more starch than sweet tooth driven. If I go over my carb count, my gut tells me about it.
Basically, I had a choice, and it was to live. I am learning a new lifestyle, and that is the most important point and mindframe if one is dealing w/ issues such as these.
Good Luck. Try the goodcook.com website for some low carb cookbooks, and the spice bible, and grains. Stay away from the fad diets, Atkins, blablabla, just learn what you can eat, and what you can't, and become of the mindset that this is an altered lifestyle, and it will not change if you want to live.

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Old 02-08-2007, 02:01 PM   #16
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I felt as if the world was coming to an end when I was given metformin, plus another med for diabetes. I thought I'd never be allowed an ear of corn or a baked potato again..This along with the realisation that I was ill were devistating. After I got over the fear, and the anger, I started reading and talking about this with others..I've now learned I can eat anything everyone else does, no special cookbooks, which by the way were $$$ and the recipes awful. Now I've learned to exchange carbs, plus I still will weigh in my minds eye a 2 oz. potato for baking. This is easy to do. Read, learn to know your body. By knowing your body, I do mean to check your bg's and do it often. I don't care what many doctors say, get a good endo and they will tell you the importance of testing. I've had diabetes about 16 years now, DO NOT have to use insulin, and my HBA1c is always at 4 or 5 considered non-diabetic range. Good luck to you.. Remember test, exchange and count carbs, of which sugar is a carb. You will be fine.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:51 PM   #17
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I think there is a book called the Glycemic Index that has been highly recommended as a HUGE help in handling not only the triglycerides but diabetes. The South Beach Diet is supposed to be very good for this also.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:55 PM   #18
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Does he eat alot of red meat Jkath ? If so, maybe he should cut back alittle on that too.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:22 PM   #19
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Hello All,

Just wanted to update you on some good news about metformin & tricor, my meds of no choice per the dr. I went back for blood tests early this month, and my results due to the change of lifestyle in my last post were as follows: Triglycerides down from 315 to 165/cholesterol down from 203 to 165/ blood glucose down from 101 to 91/LDL up & HDL down.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am still cheating once in awhile, and my gut is still telling me what not to eat (after I eat it of course). I just cannot stomach pasta anymore, unless it is 1/4c, BUT I can eat my bait (sushi) w/ rice, as my gut loves that and frankly, so do I, surprising that I just discovered it while living in this godforsaken hellhole of florida, when they had bait shops all over Seattle...
At any rate, I had a bit of a meltdown w/ frustrations over the lifestyle change. You figure 37 years of doing it 1 way, to 3 months of change. Made me crazy for a week, but I cried my eyes out, got some perspective, and have gotten right back on that horse.
It is difficult, but the results of the blood tests, coupled w/ my need for smaller clothing is worth it. Plus, I will live. This is the biggest thing, that I will live, and won't fall out one day from my diet.
The irony in all of this karmic intervention is that I am a foodie. Food is my passion. Food makes me happy, cooking, reading, shopping... Food almost killed me. Food could kill me. My passion could kill me, stroke me out, whatever. And the worst thing is that I am not necessarily a large woman, just weigh more than I should because of what my diet was. Naturally I carry my weight in the one place where it becomes dangerous. Of course, and why not???
I am still a bit angry, but alive, and it is all worth it. So, whoever you are that is struggling, hold on, and LIVE THE NEW LIFESTYLE, because it NEVER ends.
Wish me luck that in June I will be off the meds for good.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #20
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So proud of You- keep up the good work, pretty soon it will be a natural way for you to eat. Enjoy life -!!!
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