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Blood sugar & cholesterol up despite following pre-diabetes advice.

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My blood sugar has gone up - I’ve cut out refined sugars, reduced carbs.

I’ve lost about 10kg and reduced my body fat. My cholesterol has also gone up. I have an under active thyroid and in menopause, too.

I run, teach and train hit and use weights.

I’ve read that everything I am doing - plus my conditions - can actually cause your blood sugar and cholesterol to spike.

Anyone else come across this or have any solutions?

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Hello Yogini... Not sure about sugar spikes.

For cholesterol, try some Ayurvedic remedies. One of my post shows and it works.

Depending on age and how long you have high cholesterol, recommend to do a Calcium Score test, if available. And also ultra sound of heart to check any artery blockage.

Where is the extra sugar coming from? That is the issue, because harmful cholesterol comes from excess dense carbohydrates too. How many grams of carbohydrate do you eat per day?

Not sure. I don’t count my calories. 🤔 I have high good cholesterol too. I eat avocados, tomatoes, potatoes, corn on the cob sometimes. I don’t eat pasta, cakes sweets, bread, sugary drinks - not even fruit juice. What would you define as high density carbs. I’d be loathed yo cut anything else out I HTB ink I’m slim enough snd need the energy for exercising any teaching exercise.

It's a myth that high carb is healthy for exercise, as Professor Noakes found to his cost. For sustainable, low-intensity activities, only 20% of energy comes from carbs, 80% from fat. At 65% maximum VO2, the fuel mix is about 50:50, bearing in mind that the more intense an activity is, the less time it can be engaged in. 3 mile runners tend to be healthier than marathon runners because running a race-pace marathon causes over-training that can take months to recover from.

The body uses typically about 12% of its energy from protein, 25% carb, 63% fat. The further our intake deviates from that, the more stressed our body.

Yes, monounsaturates are best, because our body fat is 57% MUFA. However, 40% is saturated fat. Flawed theories have maligned this fat. Our bodies are not trying to kill us, it's what we've been told is so far off-base from what we're designed to eat, and consequently each meal the body releases unhealthy amounts of insulin in an attempt to cope with potentially toxic levels of carbohydrate. This goes on for decades before blood sugars begin to show signs of going out of whack, if ever. However, high insulin/IGF-1 levels are unhealthy in themselves.

God bless you.


Thank you. This looks helpful.

So what’s your suggestion?

When I had Graves’ disease which is an autoimmune over active thyroid my TSH was off the scale low and cholesterol was the lowest I have ever known it. I’m in remission now and my TSH has gradually increased - not high enough for anyone to want to treat it, I’m still ‘within the range’ but my cholesterol has gone up enough for the GP who ordered blood tests to try to put me onto statins.

I remember discussing that with my previous GP and she just smiled and pointed out that I was ‘within the range’.

To be out of the range you would have to be very ill indeed - I know that because having started off very, very overactive and passed right through the range to being severely under active during my treatment I felt ill at both ends.

The thing no one takes inti consideration is that some patients might feel better at a particular point within the range than others, I know I felt better at the bottom end.

Unfortunately the NHS doesn’t ‘fine tune’ so my TSH creeps up, I don’t feel at my very best and my cholesterol goes up. I’d much rather my doctor brought my TSH down a bit, then I’d feel good and my cholesterol would come down but nope - it’s easier to prescribe statins!

Then there is my view of the three ages of woman

1. Too young to have anything seriously wrong with you,

2. menopausal - hypochondriac have some antidepressants

3. too old to bother about’

My husband says I’m cynical and I suppose I am.

Have you had a full thyroid panel done along with vitamin D, vitamin B12, ferritin and folates checked - the last four need to be well up within their lab ranges.

Your view of the Three Ages of Woman is SPOT ON. 🤔

I hear you. I’ve had Graves’ disease. Ended up in casualty - that’s when the doctors started listening. Interesting I was offered anti depressants then. I declined. I was also offered antidepressants to deal leith night sweats again I declined. The doctor spoke to me like I was a fat overweight alcoholic - I suspect that I’m fitter than he is - I don’t know anyone else who can talk through 6 minutes of planks (ie I’m doing the planks, talking and motivating) in a room heated to 40% humidity and 90+degrees Fahrenheit after practising hot yoga for an hour or 90mins. The doctor took my Vit d prescription away so I have buy my own now. I’ll follow up on folates. We have as family history of high blood pressure, strokes etc. Alongside my brother I’m the fittest in the family. They don’t go full through where I am. I can certainly ask.

I fedd Ed l great since I started time restricted eating because one I notice what I’m reaching back too and I notice eust triggers night sweats.

Oh dear - see what I mean about antidepressants - I always think there is a big difference in finding it really depressing that your doctors don’t listen to you and actually being clinically depressed.

I also went totally GF a few years ago. I developed inflammatory arthritis- yet another autoimmune condition - and decided to try that.

No, same here I test (I get a home fingerpick test from an accredited lab) my own bloods because my GP only ever tests TSH and very occasionally tests T4. T

They wouldn’t test for vit D, B12 etc and certainly not for antibodies after the first time they found them, anyway I discovered that my thyroid antibodies went right down when I went GF so I kept going and they’ve just come down and down to the extent that I wouldn’t eat gluten again. It could have been that they would have reduced naturally - I don’t know, but I wouldn’t risk going back to eating gluten again.

If you do try GF the sensible thing to do would be to ask your doctor to run a blood test to see if you are coeliac first - I didn’t and I wouldn’t want to have to eat gluten again to find out.

Vitamin D3 and B12 are strongly recommended for Diabetic patients.

Yogini, are you in USA or India ?What is your total cholesterol ? LDL, HDL ?

You should also do a Cardio I Q or vertical lipid profile -- blood test, once a year , due to family history.

I’m in the U.K.

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