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Heart Health vs Diabetes Health: Should I go back to eating oatmeal?

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Created December 13, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I went Paleo about a year ago to combat diabetes. Now I don't take anything for diabetes and my sugar is completely under control. Lately, I've noticed a lot tightness in my chest and I feel like I'm the verge of a heart attack. Should I go back to eating oatmeal/whole grains to prevent a heart attack?

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:27 AM

a hospital can perform a rapid blood test called the sensitive C-reative protein that if found in the normal range rules out chest pain as being a heart condition and you can go home. if its enevated you get to stay. befor i changed to a diet that would shorten my life span through diabetes i would visit a ER department. i think you should visit an ER department As soon as possible.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:27 PM

If you have these possibly life-threatening symptoms, you need to get off paleohacks and see a doctor. If you really are having heart problems, adding in oatmeal now is not going to do anything (even if it ever would), since oatmeal supposedly promotes heart health by slowly lowering cholesterol.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:19 PM

If you've already been checked out, try adding some good Paleo carbs such as sweet potatoes and supplement with magnesium.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I'd be calling 911.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I went to the emergency room, got x-rays, was told there nothing wrong...then billed 800 dollars. I feel burned the experience and not going back until I get more info.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Clearly, I made the mistake of thinking that if he is on Paleohacks, he is not truly feeling like he's having a heart attack. I shouldn't have ASSumed that.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Don't go back to the GRUEL!

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Nance-agreed!!!

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:42 PM

The thing is, Annie, he should make sure his EKG is okay before adjusting his diet.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:41 PM

You think you might be having a heart attack and you are asking about eating oatmeal?

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Curmujeon-I have seen this problem, especially with men, who are doing VLC for too long.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Just don't want to see an SAD doc recommend an SAD diet to "solve" this problem. Adding in good quality carbs can help if VLC is the cause.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Definitely something to get checked out. For those doing it right this is not a common problem.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:35 PM

That's what I'd do too! Even if tests confirm a problem, I don't know that oatmeal would be the answer but let's talk after the doctors check you out and give their opinions.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Are you doing VLC?

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I would get yourself to a doctor to have that checked out instead of asking random people on the internet.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:19 PM

If you've already been checked out, try adding some good Paleo carbs such as sweet potatoes and supplement with magnesium.

3ccab807e2b8bb1d050c3584d9c1dd12

(487)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I went to the emergency room, got x-rays, was told there nothing wrong...then billed 800 dollars. I feel burned the experience and not going back until I get more info.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:35 PM

That's what I'd do too! Even if tests confirm a problem, I don't know that oatmeal would be the answer but let's talk after the doctors check you out and give their opinions.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Curmujeon-I have seen this problem, especially with men, who are doing VLC for too long.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:42 PM

The thing is, Annie, he should make sure his EKG is okay before adjusting his diet.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Nance-agreed!!!

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Just don't want to see an SAD doc recommend an SAD diet to "solve" this problem. Adding in good quality carbs can help if VLC is the cause.

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 13, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Definitely something to get checked out. For those doing it right this is not a common problem.

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83d6a06c93bb3490dbca339cbbb63385

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Oatmeal does not prevent heart attacks.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I'd be calling 911.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Do you have a history of gallbladder problems? Is the tightening you're feeling be a sharp or tearing sensation?

Speaking from personal experience, the only time I thought I was having a heart attack it turned out to be a gallbladder attack. I was mis-diagnosed at first. They knew it wasn't my heart but they though it was spasms of my esophagus. A few weeks later,I got a huge gallstone caught in my liver duct--I turned a lovely yellow with bright gold specks and wound up in the emergency room. They said it probably got caught during the earlier pain but released again before getting stuck for good.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Health vs health? A tricky dilemma, but I would not recommend eating unhealthily to resolve it.

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:17 PM

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