Last night I kept thinking about the cholesterol numbers and this morning I began doing some research. I found several articles that say when you’ve lost even as few as 10 pounds, and are continuing to lose, it is not uncommon for your cholesterol to go up.
There are enough articles from various sites that I feel confident that my levels are up because of the weight loss and I’m not concerned. Here’s a quote from Canada Drug Pharmacy, which succinctly says what at least a dozen other articles I read had to say.
If you’re in the process of losing weight and your blood cholesterol levels are going up in spite of your weight loss, don’t panic. It’s completely normal for blood cholesterol levels to go up temporarily as your body burns some of the stored fat it’s carrying for fuel. You won’t be able to get accurate blood cholesterol readings until your weight has stabilized for at least four weeks, and your blood cholesterol levels have had a chance to normalize.
I am in the midst of losing so . . I’m no longer concerned.
As far as statins, I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice. Everyone has to make their own decision. My guess is there are some people who really NEED to be on statins. If you’re taking a statin or, are not opposed to taking a statin, that’s your choice and I do not fault you for it. I’m hesitant to even mention my reasons because no one who is taking them should get off them without first talking to their doctor. DO NOT MAKE A HEALTH DECISION BASED ON MY OPINION!
First, and foremost behind a whole lot of my medical opinions (and this is purely OPINION) is this: The pharmaceutical companies have lobbied for so many things that we don’t even have accurate knowledge any more on what is really in our best interest. I disagree vehemently with the amount of vaccines babies are given in rapid succession. In my opinion, some vaccines are great and some, I would be hard pressed to give my child based on what I’ve read lately.
I believe that some levels of various test results which are considered beyond “normal” have been influenced by the drug industry and I believe cholesterol is one of those levels.
Vince and I have done lots of research about statins. He was taking them and about the middle of the year, he decided he was not going to take them any longer, called and talked the doctor who said fine but let’s monitor your cholesterol. Not taking them, his levels are barely above normal.
Here’s where some of you may differ with me and some of you may simply get upset with me but I believe that so much of what we take meds for . . we’re simply being lazy. I believe that many (NOT ALL) of us can reduce our cholesterol by diet and exercise. That is why I was so baffled at my numbers but now I understand. There are some who cannot but I am not willing to accept that I am one who cannot. Who sets the levels at which we should be on meds? Is that level influenced by the drug industry?
Vince and I each get a coronary artery CT scan each year. We believe that tells more than a cholesterol reading and since having our last one, we’re both in good shape with our arteries.
Another area where many will differ with me but when I was volunteering at Chad’s school when he was in middle school (and he’s now almost 29), I was shocked at home many kids came to the nurse for their ADHD meds. Many had significant behavior problems. I know there are instances where kids are truly in need of these meds but there are SO MANY kids taking them. When Chad started kindergarten in public school, within days I was called in and told he needed to be tested for ADHD. I said no! Chad was an only child, used to being the center of attention and he had lots of energy and I was not going to stifle that, though I also was not going to put up with him being a distraction in class. I worked on reducing sugar and some food dyes. I can’t remember what all we did but we worked our tails off trying to get him to “conform” to public school “standards”. After about 3 more teacher conferences, we pulled him out of public school, put him in a private school where they had an entirely different attitude about discipline (yes, he had a few encounters with the principal’s paddle) but he excelled there. When we moved to Kentucky, and there was no private school available so we put him back in public school, it was back to getting recommendations to put him on meds and I fought it all the way through middle school. Finally, by the time he got to high school, he toned it down enough that I no longer got repeated requests to have him put on meds, but he was still a handful. Chad is energetic, creative and definitely has his own personality. I got so tired of school staff wanting all kids to fit into a little mold with less and less individualism.
There is not a doubt in my mind that based on today’s standards, if the meds given to school children today had been available when I was a kid, I would have been the poster child for them. I could not sit still . . still can’t. I would start something and jump to something else. I still do that today. You know how I operate. But, in my opinion, and again, it may be just an excuse .. it’s my energy level, my desire to do EVERYTHING . . even if some things I just start and never finish . . that makes me who I am today.
Here’s an example: I truly cannot sit through a movie. I lose interest. My mind wanders. After a few minutes I have no idea what’s going on in the movie and then I really have a hard time sitting still. I could take meds or, I can just not go to the movies! I can sit at home and knit while Vince watches a movie. Watch it if I’m interested or not pay any attention if I’m not interested. If there’s something that truly grabs my interest, I can sit through it without ever losing interest. I believe that in the interest of streamlining everything and passing government mandated testing, the schools have totally lost track of how to interest students. The tests are what matters. When I was a kid, there were levels of reading groups even in first and second grade. There was the slow group, the medium group and the advanced group. Do they even still have that? Some kids didn’t care. They were happy to be given one book to read all year. Others wanted to work hard and move up to where they were given several books a week to read. We’ve lost the competition or incentive that we once had because everyone has to be equal. Take me to a movie that 99% of the people love (Star Wars for instance) and if I don’t like it, I’m supposed to sit still and be quiet for 2 or 3 hours. Even as an adult .. I cannot do it.
I see kids in Walmart and my first thought is “I’d hate to be a teacher!”, and I’m not blaming the teachers .. there’s no way to have a learning atmosphere with the behavior of some kids but I’m wondering . . are these kids sitting in front of a TV while at home or are they out running and playing and jumping in piles of leaves? Are they out fishing in the local creek and knowing the joy of sitting quietly and waiting for the fish to bite? Are they eating fast food and soda or eating home cooked meals with water or milk? Are they going to bed at a regular time and getting enough sleep? Are they relaxed and feeling loved in a happy home? Or, are they getting screamed at for everything they do that disturb’s mom and dad’s tv show or interrupts their texting?
I know I sound pretty judgmental but look at families at restaurants. Are mom and dad interacting with the kids or are the kids sitting there trying to find something to do to entertain themselves while mom and dad are on the phone – texting or talking or looking for Pokemon?
Again, I’m not blaming the teachers. If I had a classroom full of kids who act like some I see out, I’d probably forget giving meds to the kids and be taking them myself.
Finally, my latest concern has been Type 2 Diabetes. I am a sugar addict. I hate to admit this but when baking or using sugar, it’s not rare for me to eat a teaspoon (or two) of sugar . . just out of the canister. I was drinking 5 or 6 Dr. Peppers per day. I mentioned in this morning’s post about my glucose levels. I’m not a stupid person but I never knew much about Type 2 Diabetes and didn’t realize that my bad eating habits could result in a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. My glucose levels are down from 106 to 77. Vince and I are testing ourselves at home so I knew my levels had come way down.
So many of our “illnesses” can be controlled by what we eat, exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by reducing stress and getting enough sleep.
I will mention this again – do not take what I’m saying as medical gospel. This is just my opinion. I urge you, if you’re interested, do some research; find some documentaries and watch them. There are some real kooks out there (yep . . you’re probably thinking . . I’m reading a pretty kooky blog post right now!), find someone you trust and that seems to make sense. Listen to both sides of every argument, research both positions, talk with your doctor and then think about what you want to do.
We’re lucky that our doctor is very conservative. He was telling Vince about a rowing machine he uses that has helped him greatly reduce his weight and cholesterol. There are doctors out there who will agree with a conservative approach and doctors who will not. Again, find what’s best for you.
In all cases, we all need to do our homework about what’s best for us and not just blindly accept everything we’re told.