FALLING CHOLESTEROL ZONE WITH THE DUKAN DIET
Doctor appointment Friday went well. The labs were drawn last Friday so, I hadn’t even been on Dukan a full month. Total cholesterol was down 26 points (279 to 245) HDL—the good one-was up 7 points (68 to 74) Triglycerides were way down for a total of 86 points (150 to 84) although my triglycerides had been as high as 270 in previous measures–LDL down 26 points (180 to 154). The LDL is still higher than desired, but it is moving in the right direction. My doctor certified weight was 152#. I have to say I expected the triglycerides to drop but not to plummet like that. Carbohydrate consumption drives triglyceride production, (see here) It’s great to be using such a simple thing like diet to control cholesterol. I was completely opposed to the statin I was offered by my doctor. Boy did I feel like a smug slug when the NY Times ran this recent article: FDA Issues New Alerts About Cholesterol Drugs
Since I’m not a big-pharma kind of gal, but I do want to achieve a high level of health, when my doctor recommended statins over a year ago, I opted to try the more natural alternative; Red Yeast Rice. I used a 600mg dose of RYR for 90 days to asses if it had any positive effect on my cholesterol. I was exercising regularly, cutting back on all red meat, eggs and dairy products. By the middle of the 90 days I was experiencing weight gain, confusion, and inexplicable muscle aches. Hmmm? Sounds suspect. After the blood draw that reflected the 90 days of taking RYR, there was very very little difference in my labs, ie: one or two points, and my triglycerides were even higher than the previous labs! What the !?! Experiment over. Remaining RYR in the trash.
It’s nice to know that there is a simple effective way to get results. Reducing or eliminating carbohydrate. That took me a long while to really accept. I mean, c’mon, I was eating organic sprouted grain Ezekiel english muffins, brown rice, quinoa, steel cut oats (all of them soaked and sprouted when appropriate -natch)… how on earth could that be a bad thing? Not that Ezekiel english muffins or whole grains are bad for everyone–no no–they simply don’t compliment/promote a high quality of health for MY body. In this case no pudding was needed…the proof was in the carbs all along.