100 lb. Club - Managing PCOS, but that's about it




Eliana
04-14-2010, 09:26 AM
I got my blood work back today and my blood glucose was 86. :carrot: I was diagnosed with PCOS with 104.

Would you believe at the age of 35 I've never, no never, had my cholesterol checked? It's 242. :dizzy: It should be under 200. Now I really wish I knew what it was at my heaviest! I'm torn between telling my doctor and going on meds or just keep doing what I'm doing and retest.

Anyone else have the number blues?


ShylahEQ
04-14-2010, 09:34 AM
congrats on the blood sugar!!

Bad girl never having your cholesterol checked, but I'm glad you did it. Now you can improve it. I don't think 242 is med worthy, is it? I think it will go down, just keep doing what you are doing.

How does oatmeal factor in carb wise? It's said to help bring cholesterol down. I think heh

Eliana
04-14-2010, 09:41 AM
Yeah, I just did some reading and great foods to be eating are:
avacados, beans (pinto, kidney, black, butter, navy), garlic and a lot of it, tree nuts, spinach (which doesn't like me), fatty fish.

I already eat nuts and am learning to like beans. I could experiment with beans. My kids prefer to them, which I think is weird. :rofl: I eat and love garlic, but gosh the recommendation is 3-4 cloves a day!! I use 2 cloves in a dish that serves that four! And I love spinach but lately my stomach doesn't like it. I've been adding it to soup, but I wonder if that kills all its good.


Eliana
04-14-2010, 09:44 AM
Oh, and really good is that my metabolism is spot on!!! I had great metabolic reading according to my blood work. (My thyroid is good) So that's good news! And I guess I have no excuses. :rolleyes:

astrophe
04-14-2010, 10:24 AM
No, but I don't see my doc til mid may. I'll get my next batch of numbers then.

Glad you went and got yours done though! Now you are armed with info and you can improve that cholesterol.

GL!
A.

Eumie
04-14-2010, 10:29 AM
I just had my bloodwork done, too. My triglycerides are still high, and my HDL is still low. But my blood glucose went down. I don't remember the number, but I know she said it was only 1 over the normal range. I'm pretty sure that's the best I've had in years. Of course, I'm on metformin, so that should be helping.

I'll have my bloodwork done again in six weeks and hopefully those numbers will all be better.

It's nice to know other people who have PCOS. Do you go to Soul Cysters?

JustBeckyV
04-14-2010, 10:30 AM
I found out my cholesterol numbers the other day too and it was similar to yours - 234 I believe. Of course I found out too that I have an underactive thyroid and am now on meds. Apparently that can cause your cholesterol numbers to be higher than what they actually are so I am on meds now. I was hoping that this would help me lose my last 3 lbs - but now am up to 4 as I gained 1 lb this week *sigh*

Eliana
04-14-2010, 10:55 AM
It's nice to know other people who have PCOS. Do you go to Soul Cysters?

I used to! I was "Cozumel" there. I loved that board, but I can only be addicted to one board at a time. :rofl:

Eliana
04-14-2010, 10:56 AM
Wow Becky, at so small a weight now your cholesterol is still bad? That sounds more like you are genetically predisposed to it, I think. I'm hoping I can control mine with diet and exercise. Again, I wish I'd had this done PRIOR to starting, but I was afraid.

JustBeckyV
04-14-2010, 11:08 AM
I know that's the scary thing Eliana!! I am hoping that getting on these meds will bring it down. I have a long history of heart attacks and heart diease in my family. My mom had a quad bypass about 3 years ago and has lots of troubles. My dad, brother and grandfather all died of a massive heart attack - my dad was 39 and my brother 45. So I need to get this figured out now!

Eliana
04-14-2010, 11:13 AM
My husband is genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, high BP, and diabetes. :( Sucks, doesn't it? My grandpa had a quadruple bi-pass fairly young and he has always been super healthy. He has OCD and that was always one of his OCD things, regimented health. The doctors tell him he's extended his life with his life style.

WarMaiden
04-14-2010, 11:14 AM
Eliana, since you just recently switched to a lower-carb diet and (I believe?) are now eliminating white refined grains and sugar, I would recommend waiting and re-testing your cholesterol in a couple of months to see what the effect of doing that was. White sugar / grains are well-known to raise total cholesterol, raise triglycerides, and lower HDL.

Eliana
04-14-2010, 11:16 AM
Warmaiden, my only concern as that I truly already was doing a lower carb diet. I already had cut out white "stuff". Not I'm restricting even the good stuff like fruit. :( So I'm not sure it will help or not, but I'm sure hoping.

WarMaiden
04-14-2010, 11:38 AM
Well, how are your HDL and your triglycerides? Total cholesterol by itself doesn't tell the full story. And what kind of exercise are you regularly doing, and for how long?

nelie
04-14-2010, 12:02 PM
I eat lots of fruit and I have really low cholesterol although I also don't eat foods with cholesterol in them either. My husband eats lots of grains (although he doesn't have PCOS) and has low cholesterol, I eat grains but not as much as him.

Eliana
04-14-2010, 12:34 PM
Well, how are your HDL and your triglycerides? Total cholesterol by itself doesn't tell the full story. And what kind of exercise are you regularly doing, and for how long?

They're all skewed, although my triglycerides were ok.

Exercise? I'm pretty active.
M/W/F Spin Cycle
T/TH/S strength training
T/TH swim 40-50 lengths
Walk nightly, though this doesn't always happen. It's a family affair.

Eliana
04-14-2010, 12:36 PM
My husband eats lots of grains (although he doesn't have PCOS)
:rofl: This made me chuckle. I'm very glad your husband does not have poly cystic ovarian syndrome. :D

nelie
04-14-2010, 01:03 PM
:rofl: This made me chuckle. I'm very glad your husband does not have poly cystic ovarian syndrome. :D

I know it was funny to say and obvious but :) I also have PCOS and obviously have issues that he doesn't have to deal with beyond other things. I was just trying to say I don't think grains cause high cholesterol since those that include them along with a healthy diet can have low cholesterol.

Eliana
04-14-2010, 01:07 PM
I know it was funny to say and obvious but :) I also have PCOS and obviously have issues that he doesn't have to deal with beyond other things. I was just trying to say I don't think grains cause high cholesterol since those that include them along with a healthy diet can have low cholesterol.

Yes, yes, but you still made me laugh. ;)

PeanutsMom704
04-14-2010, 10:01 PM
A lot of people have high cholesterol regardless of weight and what they eat. One of my friends is almost my height and weighs 120 lbs and her cholesterol is twice mine - mine is 160, hers was over 300. (twice her size and half the cholesterol!)

Since you didn't have a baseline, you don't know if yours was even higher and it's improved or if you are just predisposed to high chol. I'd keep doing what you are doing and get another test in 6 months and go from there.

I'd also recommend doing a lot of research on whether you want to go with the meds - they are somewhat controversial in terms of the risk benefit analysis, esp. for women. Hopefully, yours will drop enough so that it's not an issue, of course!

Eliana
04-15-2010, 07:47 AM
I'd also recommend doing a lot of research on whether you want to go with the meds - they are somewhat controversial in terms of the risk benefit analysis, esp. for women. Hopefully, yours will drop enough so that it's not an issue, of course!

Tell me about it! My husband's been on meds since he was 18 and now his liver enzymes are off. :( Not good, not good. They are controversial for a reason. If I can do it through diet, I will. And if I can't, then I'm going to have to give up the idea that high cholesterol is somehow my own fault. My BP IS my fault because I can control it. I just hope I can control the cholesterol too.

I'm considering doing a six week artery cleanse like what was coincidentally discussed on Dr Oz's show just last night. I need to research it and I think I'm going to hate it, but I think going ultra low fat will at least give me my answer.