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Triglycerides? Really?

So I had my fasting blood panel done last week. (Would that be the worst session at SDCC, or what?) What I was guessing, or maybe even hoping, was that I would show up either anemic or hypoglycemic, not because I want to be a speshul snoflake whose blood is weak, but as an actual explanation for my being such a massive ditz and going so loopy when I'm hungry, so that I could then be diagnosed and take steps.

SURVEY SAYS....NOPE! Instead I'm low on Vitamin D and my triglycerides are too high. None of which gives me a get-out-of-jail-free card from being a space case. I'm getting high-dose Vitamin D to take once a week and she wants my "bad cholesterol" to go down through diet and exercise. I'm not sure I can reasonably exercise much more than I am...which is riding the bike and/or going to the gym for core/abs/weights every bloody day and I'm NOT giving my up my hard boiled eggs, especially the yolks, since it's one of the few proteins I've got left, having basically given up all my fatty meats. I really love egg yolks and I barely tolerate egg-whites. I have also been eating a LOT of tuna and chicken salad, so I'm hoping that if I jetison those a few days a week, and the mayo that makes them, then I can keep the eggs.

In other medical news, I've now had two accupuncture treatments, since the accupuncturist opened shop literally a few doors down from me in the space where the hand-made, slightly religous/spritual jewelry place went belly up, which was too bad, because they had a very cute dog who hung out under the front desk.

I like the procedure and the practitioner, but it's not enough of a panacea in terms of either my back pain or my night-eating cravings for me to justify the cost on a regular basis. So basically back to the ibuprofen and trying not to do too much damage while I'm in "zombie mode."


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Sep. 25th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
So there is a thing: dietary cholesterol (ie egg yolks) does not actually increase the inside-you-kind of cholesterol. So you're good with the eggs.

Can you handle nuts? Those are rich in omega-3s which drive up good cholesterol (as you know bob.).

I hope you feel better soon/find out what's up with your bod.
Sep. 25th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
"Handle" is an interesting word. I don't have nut allergies, but it can be a binge trigger, unless I'm pretty carefully weighing/measuring.

I'm not sure the back pain is going to get better soon. It's become pretty chronic and I'm managing with ibuprofen (and vicodin on REALLY bad days.) I think I've mentioned before, but they want me to do physical therapy, except there's just NO WAY with my schedule, but they won't do any further diagnostics UNTIL I've gone through physical therapy to rule out the possibility that physio would help. Which makes sense, just not for me.
Sep. 25th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I like using plain yogurt or Greek yogurt in place of anything that calls for mayonnaise. That's as much because I hate mayo as for the health benefit, but I honestly can't tell a lot of difference in flavor. Might be worth a try?

I hope you figure out some workable strategies for your issues. Does the doctor know you already exercise a lot?</p>

(I have a checkup coming up next month and I was actually hoping to learn something similar re anemia or hypoglycemia, to explain my low energy and brain issues in the afternoon!)

Sep. 25th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
I think the yogurt would probably work, IF I were making my own tuna or chicken salad, which I'm not. I get it from the deli downstairs at around 10-11AM.

Yeah, I know it's weird to be disappointed NOT to be anemic or hypoglycemic, but given my family history of hypoglycemia/diabetes it would make sense. And I'm never able to donate blood because my platelets are always too low.

I think she knows that I'm exercising because we've discussed my back pain.

I'm going to give her a call and get a run-down on what she thinks I need to do triglycerides-wise.
Sep. 25th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Have your thyroid checked. For months I could hardly move and was told it was my meds. Turned out my meds had busted my thyroid. Now it's much, much better.
Sep. 25th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think that was covered in the blood panel, but I'll check the results when I get home.
Sep. 25th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
What exactly happens to you when you're hungry? I can't handle being hungry either, but I think it's just in-built. I try and always have something around, just in case *g*

With nuts, is it the salt, or do you always eat unsalted? I find with nuts, if they're flavoured or salted they want to make me keep eating them to a ridiculous extent. Plain, no problem.
Sep. 26th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
I go kind of fuzzy/light-headed/hard to form sentences etc etc.

As for the nuts...it's the crunchy fatty goodness. I can throw a few into my cereal or have them as a weighed/measure 1/4 cup, but it's still tricky and possibly binge-triggery in case I snap. (Nice Sushi Icon, BTW)
Sep. 27th, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Hmm, I can see why you got tested! That does sound like hypoglycemia (which you haven't got *g*).

It is maybe because you try and avoid other fatty foods that nuts trigger you? Although I have to say I eat pretty much anything I want to and there are still foods that seem to flick some switch in my head that completely bypasses hunger, so I do know what you mean. Bleah.
Sep. 27th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Part of the problem is "programming" side of the equation, i.e. the nurture as opposed to the nature. I have so much family cray-cray around food/weight/body image etc. that there are reactions to food and "triggers" that might have nothing to do with any real physical effects of the food itself.

I talked to the doctor and she made the point that I can have a hypoglycemic reaction without necessarily having an actual hypoglycemic condition. This sounds like semantics to me, but what do I know. Also, apparently, the problem is my lipids as opposed to triglycerides, but she does think I'm over-doing the eggs. :(
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