Yes, I Take Supplements ~ Part One
People ask me if I take supplements and my answer is…yes! I have been off and on about taking supplements most of my life. After we went Keto/LCHF my doctor suggested some supplements, but then I realized thanks to a great mentor in the Reversing Diabetes group, there were supplements I needed. I believe that eating low carb high fat plus the supplements have helped me get my blood work to a place that is good and healthy for me.
Why don’t I just eat the mass amounts of veggies and fruits to get my vitamins and minerals instead of pills? Well…for a diabetic that would send the blood sugars through the roof, consequently, I opt for my very low carb greens and sticking to under 20 grams of carbs. I take the supplements to fill in the gap.
I want to update on my recent bloodwork and then I will write about the supplements I take.
I will start with the Hemoglobin A1C. I didn’t start having my insulin done until September when we started the cardio bloodwork.
Ranges taken from Quest Diagnostics For Hemoglobin A1C…
<5.7% Consistent with the absence of diabetes
5.7% - 6.4% Consistent with increased risk for diabetes…prediabetes. (Prediabetes is like being told you are half pregnant. Either you have diabetes or you don’t.)
> or 6.5% Consistent with diabetes
Range on this is 2.0 – 19.6 uIU/mL
I am very pleased with getting the 5.2 this last time and this is without diabetic medications.
Next I am going to show the history on my cholesterol. I am super excited about these numbers. Go LCHF!
I am also going to insert two videos here about why eating a high fat low carb diet is good for the heart. Please don’t let the high numbers ever scare you. This will blow your mind.
The Cholesterol Myth: Heart of the Matter (Part 1)
Part 2 is more on taking statins. Many people who eat this way and get great triglycerides/HDL ratio under 2 may have a high total cholesterol and the doctor looks at the high cholesterol and says, “Oh we need to put you on statins.” Mine has not told me that yet, but I know others who have been told that. If my doctor did tell me it was time for statins, I would refuse. I would also find a new doctor. It is up to each individual to read and study and then make their own decision what they believe is best for them. Again…the blood work speaks for itself.
June 6, 2016
September 2, 2016
February 15, 2017
To figure your own ratios you can go to this link (http://www.hughcalc.org/chol-si.php).
The numbers on the cholesterol to be concerned about are the HDL and the Triglycerides. The overall ratio to be watchful of is the “Your triglycerides/HDL” ratio. Eating a high fat diet with low carbs works! I also had lots of the fluffy fats and very low amount of the skinny fat in the test. Cholesterol is not our enemy. A high carb sugary diet is so bad for our heart! If you go back to the page I wrote about inflammation again (http://www.mimigoesketo.com/home/dealing-with-inflammation-what-really-makes-us-sick) , you will find those things that contribute to heart disease. “Hint!” It is not good fats.
I made sure I was taking my fish oil, P-5-P Pyridoxial-5 Phosphate, Bioavailable Folate, Vitamin E, Magnesium Glycinate. Trimethylglycine aka Betaine, Astaxanthin and last but not least B12.
On to my liver. According to Quest Diagnostics the ranges for the liver should be the following. My numbers last June were pretty scary and my liver hurt.
AST – 1- 35 U/L
ALT – 6-29 U/L
Just eating LCHF, I got my numbers down but still had the ALT to work on. September the numbers were good, but as of this month…they are great. My liver is no longer fatty and all pain is gone. The bloodwork does not lie.
Moving on to my Vitamin D. The ranges for the Vitamin D are…
I started adding Vitamin K2 along with the 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 in September. It works. Also, all the good fat I am taking helps with the Vitamin D3 absorption. Subsequently, my numbers are in the mid-range now. Yay! If you take a blood thinner, you need to make sure with your doctor before you add this supplement. It would be a good idea to read “Vitamin K2 and The Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life” by Kate Rheaume-Bleue.
Next we talk about the inflammation levels in the body.
The parameters for the Homocysteine blood test are…
<10.4 umol/L (Homocysteine is increased by functional deficiency of folate or vitamin B12. Therefore, if you are on Metformin please know it depletes your body of Vitamin B12. I take it every day now. My mentor who has a medical background also told me that I need to shoot for getting this number under 7. Hence, we will see what it is in August.)
< 1.0/Lower Relative Cardiovascular Rick
1.0-3.0/Average Relative Cardiovascular Risk
3.1-10.0/Higher Relative Cardiovascular Risk.
>10.0 Persistent elevations may be associated with infection and inflammation.
I had heard of the CRP and but not Homocysteine. I had to look that up. But both tests point to inflammation in the body along with the LDL Particle Test with the fat and fluffy particles.
I know this was a long article today, but wanted to share my journey this past, soon to be, nine months. I have done a lot of tweaking along the way and am sure there is more to come. We had to up my thyroid medication. Found out that my low blood pressure was due to low thyroid, so hopefully the next few weeks things will get back to normal and I can start walking again. The next article I write will be Part Two and will be on the vitamins I am taking and more research on them.
I am going to add three new links under the videos on my links page on cholesterol if you want to check them out. I will put them at the top of the existing ones. It is a Dr. Oz program that was broken down in to three videos. Good stuff!
Until next time! Mimi has gone Keto and is loving it!
I am not giving any medical advice, but only sharing what I have experienced on my journey to wellness. Check out my links page for websites, books, and videos that are posted for educating yourself on reversing diabetes and the ailments that come with it. I am always trying to educate myself on being healthy. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.