I had bloodwork done this morning. As most of you know since I say it so often, I have had type 1 for 60 yrs and 3 yrs ago switched to a plant based low fat diet. I eat close to 300 carbs a day while injecting about 19 total units of insulin as long as I ride my exercise bike 7 to 10 miles daily. I love the exercise so it isn’t an effort.
My new A1c is 5.4, but what has me really thrilled is that my total cholesterol is now 149! My previously very high LDL is down to 79. I take 10 mgs of a statin 3 times a week. I am very grateful to a member of this board who suggested taking this very minimal amount. Most people take 50 mgs a day. I didn’t believe that cholesterol mattered until I received heart stents in 2009. Then is was too late. Besides having an off the charts LDL number close to 300, I had a grandfather who died of a heart attack before I was born, 50 yrs of type 1 with many years of urine testing, I was hypothyroid and led an extremely stressful life. I ended up with heart disease, although I did not have a heart attack.
I am so very pleased with these numbers and of course I am pleased too that my A1c has dropped a little. Almost as low as when I was low carbing. I couldn’t be more pleased and had to share.