65 years old today and since last september when diagnosed as type II diabetic I have been paleo--ing myself. Naturally I have had many tests. My info so far is:
HDL up 33% to 49
LDL down a bit to the 170's
Triglycerides totally tanked down into the 80s.
BP at 130 over 70 heart rate at about 65.
max at exercise 160
No adverse affects with the peak 8 exercises I am doing.
So, does any of this info tell me anything about the state of my arteries? Or do I have to do stress tests on machines I have no idea about?
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You can join http://www.trackyourplaque.com/ which is an association of medical professionals and nutritionists that specializes in taking on patients remotely. They have you go to a heart scan center in your community and initially get a baseline calcium score heartscan. The scan is sent to them and they start patients on a nutrition and supplement program and monitor the patient. Dr William Davis, author of http://www.heartscanblog.org/ is one of the principals.
With your lipids you presented, you are on your way in the correct direction, but the lipids do not tell you the state of your arteries ie...how much plaque had built up over the years due to your previous neolithic diet.
One thing I don't see is your fasting blood sugar. Many many people have reduced their fasting blood sugar from levels over 200 down to normal 100 or less just by diet alone without any blood sugar meds such as metformin.
Paleo is making a small dent in the mainsteam medical profession as pointed out by Dr K by the article in the WSJ. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200393522456636.html Dr K has reported that his associates are now consulting with him about low carb paleolithic diets. http://paleohacks.com/questions/27542/looks-like-the-paleo-diet-got-a-major-chest-bump-in-the-accord-trial-any-commen#axzz1GlySXLGA
With your paleo eating lifestyle you are well on your way to not being a type II diabetic and consequently you are reversing any potential heart problems that may have built up over the years.
Good job. Keep on point and your retirement years will be the best quality of life possible...free of disease and thus free of the drugs of the medicos.
I love it when our mortality slaps us seasoned citizens up aside the head and we begin to do something about it.
The calcium score is THE best way to tell you what your arteries are doing. Your doctor can tell you whether you're considered a candidate for it. Your labs are good now but I don't know what you were doing before or what they were like then--in that case we'd be looking at past risk, not current, I guess. I have no idea how quickly arteries heal from past abuse.
Inflammation being important in heart disease (now they're saying statins work because they reduce inflammation!), you might try testing your C-reactive protein (CRP) if you can't swing the calcium score. It's not a specific test for your arteries but if you've got inflammation going on, it affects them too, and reducing inflammation is important. I've heard of people having heart disease with a wide range of artery conditions--a few plaques, a lot of plaques, some hardening, lots of hardening, etc. The inflammation might actually be more important than that.