The Blood Sugars

poached eggsTried a little experiment yesterday.

Poached eggs on sourdough to see if the toast (being processed carbs) might affect my blood sugars.

Well, of course they will, but I’m wondering if the body can cope and have competently dealt with the sugar by the two hour mark. Being just two small slices I was wondering of this is something I can enjoy without too much of an effect.

As an HbA1c test averages out how much sugars you’ve had in your blood for the previous 3 months, this will add to that measure.

And yes, two hours later my blood sugar reading is still 8.0 mmol/L!

According to Diabetes UK, it needs to be below 7.8 mmol/L:

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So this kinda confirms the Type 2 diabetes status, but we’re working on it being lower than that.

As per my previous post, we may be able to reverse this but not cure it. That’s fine, it simply means I need to remove ALL processed carbs from my diet ALL the time.

I can live with that! (pun not intended!)

The Big Saturated Fat B@stard!

 

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The demonisation of dietary fats and saturated fat: villain or hero? Episode #346

This is a podcast featuring Dr Zoe Harcombe. It’s 33 minutes long so if you are interested in this topic around health and diet, I encourage you to listen. Not only does she convey some very interesting information, Zoe is really easy to listen to and her passion about the topic comes through.

A couple of really interesting points for me:

  • the question as to whether saturated fat really is the enemy. What I am learning on this journey is that there are many factors that can affect someone’s health and it may point to things like cholesterol, sugar and saturated fat but let’s not be too quick to point the finger until we rule out other aspects that may be contributing (like a sedentary lifestyle for one obvious example)
  • the other point is similar and that with the US and UK Diet Standards were not based on evidence based research. To this end, Zoe states that these standards are based on a study involving 2500 men (no women) and that these subjects were already unwell (or, all had prior heart disease). So it’s quite amazing that the 220 million Americans and 56 million Britons at the time were being guided by 2500 unwell men!

It’s almost hilarious that the world diet is being governed by this small group! That’s a group small enough to be celebrities in this day and age.

All that said, as this blog’s approach is to do what works for me, this constant research into the history of the current diet is interesting and, perhaps, not all it is cracked up to be. It also means there are a lot of people (dieticians, nutritionists, doctors etc.) who are promoting the standard diet without fully knowing the background or consequences. Don’t get me wrong, use whatever diet works for you, but it appears not every diet suits everyone and that includes the Standard Dietary Guidelines of various countries.

Have a listen and see what you think. Comments welcome.

Cheers!

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Yep, that’s me!

There I was tracking my blood sugars quite nicely thank you when I decided I’d earned a “cheat day”. A “cheat day” is a day where I can eat anything I want within a 24 hour period and then get back on the wagon.

I asked the Twitter-sphere for advice on cheat days and here are a couple of responses:

You think I’d take their advice, huh?

I knew there’d be a period of adjustment to my blood sugars and was happy to accept that. I just didn’t realise how long they’d take to get back in check.

These are my blood sugars over the past couple of weeks.

The numbers on the left (4,5,6) indicate the week of tracking. The numbers on the right are the weekly averages. You’ll note a 1.07 increase this week over last week!

Can you tell which days the cheat day affected? Candy will do that to you!

Needless to say I am reviewing the value of cheat days and looking more at how to continue a healthy eating streak for as long as I can.

The funny thing is I feel a lot better when I’ve been eating cleanly over a period of time that it starts to take effect. The last thing I really want is to feel slow and sluggish, which sugar does for me.

Cheat days? Not worth it!

Keep Going …

These were the words my GP used when we discussed my blood work the other day.

I was a little surprised. The numbers mostly went in the right direction and quite markedly so. But I was still expecting a response like: “The results are fine, nothing to worry about.” All delivered with little emotion.

But his actual comments were: “Your blood results came back excellent! Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!”

And he knows exactly what I’m doing: Low Carb/Healthy Fat.

He even wrote it on the blood work request as LCHF 6/52 – meaning 6 weeks of last 52.

On my visit last week there as a fairly strong view that my bacon, eggs and grilled tomato were flying in the face of the advice of a registered professional dietician. Which, in fact, they were.

I’ve known my GP for a while now (30 years in total though not always seeing him as my GP due to life changes and distances) and he is a great guy. We’re the same age, give or take 10-15 days. My visits are always pretty quick but we always have a bit of a chuckle and a chat.

To be fair, I did try the dieticians advice for a couple of weeks and I saw my blood glucose fasting rise marginally in the morning. Not a lot and certainly not enough to stop the regime without an alternative. But I have an alternative.

In addition, I need to manage my blood sugars and my cholesterol – even though some studies suggest that cholesterol and saturated fat are not the cause of arterial plaque but I’m not that game to lose the statins just yet.

Without further ado there are my blood results. The main thing is to look at the recent history to see the changes, not just the one off results of the 28/08/18.

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The main score here is the LDL. It’s below the “magical*” 2.0, which is what I have been working on for a while. So the Doc was pretty happy with that and I assume the Cardiologist will be as well. And to come down a whole point from 09/16 can’t be bad.

If my HDL had remained at 0.9 my Coronary Risk Ratio wouldn’t have been listed as H (High). So close!

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Blood sugars also went in the right direction. the HbA1c (NGSP) dropped 0.8 and Estimated Avg Glucose dropped 1.2 points.

Of course these reductions are a one off. I’d like to close the case right here. But I think it prudent to get a couple more checks before I go solo! For any test to be valid it needs to be repeatable.

* There is lots of research that discounts the LDL level but I’m not about to trust that yet. The same goes with saturated fat and while I am consuming a healthy fat diet, the statins will remain until I see a further dramatic drop and/or there is consensus on the point. I’ve dodged a heart attack once. I don’t plan walking into one if I can help it.

Small Steps to Recovery

SmallSteps-811 There are three things I need to do in order to live a healthier life, and it’s not “rocket surgery!”
  1. Eat better – so my blood sugars are under control and ward off an acceleration into diabetes.
  2. Sleep better – to manage my family history of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Move better – to help with the above two points and get me back to some level of fitness and perhaps recommence ruing marathon distances.
To do this I can measure four things:
  1. Blood sugars – measure them every morning and keeping them below 6.0 where possible and below 5.5 if I can.
  2. Sleep quality – this is measure by a sleep apnea machine (ResMed Airsense 10 Elite) which shows me the number of AHIs each night (the lower the better)
  3. Movement – the number of steps take each day (target is 10,000) and the level of workout exercises I can increase on a regular basis.
  4. Weight – I am currently around 83kg but at 178cm in height I need to be 80kgs or below to a lower level of 78kg.
I have formal blood work to be completed next Monday so we’ll see what they tell us and how I am tracking with my diabetes in particular. Until then …