23 July 2016

trippers and askers surround me

From Uncle Walt 
Leaves of Grass

I have a patient who is Diabetic.
He knows to avoid Sugar.
But Starch is another thing.
And no one can tell him why!
But I am about to tell him why!

So I came up with this  - with a little help from Van Gogh.
Deep Breath... Here Goes!
The sun produces energy. Light.
It is this energy that is absorbed and stored by plants.

Light makes the plants grow.
(In the Army they said that Blood made the Grass grow.)
But it is plants. Via photosynthesis. 
Plants are Carbon Based.
Carbon and Water.
Carbo+Hydrate = Carbohydrate!

Table sugar comes from Sugar Cane.
Also Beets... and Corn... via HFCS....
But for now, we are talking about Grasses.

What? Sugar Cane is a Grass?
Yes. Yes it is.

So are things like Corn, Wheat, Oats, Rice and Barley.
Grasses. Grasses that make Cereal. Grains.

Some plants grow roots and tubers... 
Some grow veggies and fruits..
Even Nuts and Legumes...
With various degrees of Sugar and Starch.

Starches break down from "complex" forms
To "simple" sugars.
The Glycemic Index is based on Starch Based Foods...
NOT on sugary foods!
Let that soak in. 

So now comes Public Enemy # 1.
The circulating high levels of Glucose 
And higher levels of Insulin... And Glucagon...

The Van GOlden Girls 
Even knew that they could eat Cheesecake 
And the weight gain would not show up 
For 2 or 3 days... yes indeed!

When excess Glucose is present,
It causes a cascade of events....
Called AGES... (link)

So by limiting STARCH and SUGAR
We can gain nearly perfect control 
Of our Blood Glucose readings!
And that is good for all of us!

all labs

Everyone is always asking about how healthy a Low Carb Diet is.
This is my 7th year on Low Carb.

I am 55 years old. Female.
BP = 110/68
Pulse = 72 regular

I tried to get labs every year.
The first labs (2010) were done at a company t
That didn't give me printed results yet.

I am not worried about the Total Cholesterol 
Because the HDL is soon very high!

You can see my Metabolic Panels are very consistent.

This is a graph of my Cholesterol Profile.
Notice the generally downward direction!

So yes. Here's me - after going on Low Carb, then losing 
AND keeping off over 80 pounds weight loss loss
Does Low Carb work? YES, IT DOES!
Is Low Carb Healthy? YES, IT IS!

Here's to 7 more years ...
And 7 more and 7 more (etc) after that!

19 July 2016

labs 2016

LDL about the same....
HDL down a little... 
I suspected this after my injury, 
Since HDL is protective....

Also, I suspected that all the inflammation 
With my broken leg - would bring down the HDL.
And I was right!

Triglycerides up a little...
Also suspected this since I went up in carbs...
For the Protein -Sparing effect they have
(I went up to about 60 a day)
That was sure to follow

The Ratios. Always good to know.
It says the Total Cholesterol is high,
Just because of the high HDL. So no worries. 

Total Cholesterol is HDL + LDL + 20% of the Triglycerides.
Non HDL is Total Chol minus HDL.
It should be greater than the LDL.

Many thanks to Direct Labs (link)
And NO I don't get any money from them.
I just like that you can get labs done there.

I usually like LabCorp.
Today I used Quest. And I liked it!
Overall a very good experience!