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I need to get serious about my health before it's too late!

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

I had my annual blood work done on Monday. My A1C (diabetes indicator) is usually well within healthy range. This time it is 5.8. Anything between 5.7 and 6.4 is considered pre-diabetes. It's also reversible with diet and exercise. My over all cholesterol is good, but my HDL is not as high as it should be. It's fixed with diet and exercise. Overall conclusion, time to get off my butt and move. Plus, I cannot stand feeling this way anymore. Why is it so hard to make good, new habits?
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    Slimmerkiwi had some great information. I can only wish you good luck on your new journey. I know it is hard to make changes. Take it one day at time. Today I will.........
    388 days ago
    "Why is it so hard to make good, new habits? "

    Sometimes people just aren't ready to commit themselves to a healthy lifestyle.
    Sometimes people make a lot of changes all at once which causes them to fall off the wagon.
    Sometimes people need a little bit of extra help from someone qualified!

    I used to be borderline Pre-Diabetic, and my Cholesterol levels were way out of whack. The bad ones were BAD and the HDL was very low. I always ate a really healthy diet, full of fruit/veggies, and low in saturated fats and processed food/sugar/salt. I was also overweight and couldn't understand why because I always ate between 1650-1800 calories on average, and when I was younger I was very active in my work, which involved weights. Anyway, my Dr referred me to a Registered Dietitian. I took a few printouts of my Nutrition Tracker from SparkPeople and in less than a couple minutes she had figured the problem. For me, all I needed to do was slightly reduce my calories, to lose weight, but she also noticed that my fat intake was very low, so I needed to increase it. Because my (lean) protein was also borderline too low, it meant increasing my healthy fats a little and decreasing my carbs. I was and still am, a prolific fruit/veggie eater, and my bread is wholegrain, but I don't normally eat much of it. To help improve my HDL she also prescribed Fish Oil to be tritrated up according to my blood results. After losing about 50lb I was no longer borderline pre-diabetic, and my cholesterol had improved considerably, however my HDL was still low, so I had to increase the Fish Oil bit. Now my weight is healthy AND ALL my cholesterol readings are very healthy, as is my HbA1c.

    I would suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian, take some recent printouts from your Nutrition Tracker if you use it, and take it from there. Gradual changes to the diet are the best way for people who have difficulties because it kind-of tricks their mind into thinking that THAT is how it has always been. If you don't weigh your food, I would do so, because that helps re accuracy.

    Good luck.

    388 days ago
    I feel you! Not diabetes for me, but high uric acid (can lead to gout...) in my results last month. I've been postponing getting healthy for ages now, but it's time... Hit me up if you want an accountability buddy/spark friend!
    388 days ago
    You're schedule is crazy for one....
    388 days ago
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    Diabetes type 2 is no joke. emoticon
    388 days ago
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