I would like to run some information past you all, and request your opinion.
I'll try to be brief. Some of you know I have been doing the lchf diet since March. I have had 2 blood tests in that time. The other relevant info is that I stopped the statin (with gp permission) and reduced metformin, didn't stop altogether, from March.
You may also remember I have been worrying about non alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) as my gamma gt levels have been very high since Dec 2014 (or before, that measurement was only started at that time. ) I'm not even sure that gamma gt is all about NAFLD, but it was the only marker in all the liver tests which came back high, and it prompted my gp to send me for a confirmatory liver scan. I was inclined at the time to blame the statin, first symvastatin, then atorvastatin for the high reading. Gp wasn't in agreement. Said it was my diabetes.
(Still trying to be brief)
Latest test results, after 5 months dieting. Everything normal, including HbA1c down to 45 from high of 59 last year.
Vast majority of daily bg readings 5.8 to 6.4 these days, consistently.
The biggest and best result is a HUGE drop from 254 (May) down to 67 (Aug) for gamma gt!! (Normal range : 6.0 - 42.0, so still a way to go.) Yippee! I must have been doing something right.
Not to mention a superb drop in weight of 7 k.
However. My lipids - cholesterol, LDL and non-HDL/Cholesterol level have gone slightly above normal. A worrying trend. My gp wants to have a chat, next week. I know what he thinks, - it says so on the report,
"cholesterol worse since stopping statin. "
My dilemma now is, I don't want to go back on the statin. I am no longer convinced that it is automatically 'good' for me. I've been reading a lot about it lately. My gp will not be happy.
What does anyone else think? Any experiences?
Thanks for reading, Jan