Three months ago I started exercising in earnest and changed my eating plan to a plant-based one. At the same time I discontinued my statin prescription to see if I could eliminate the need with these lifestyle changes. I couldn’t wait to get into the lab and have validation that it worked.
As you can probably guess from the title, that didn’t happen.
A Little History
For new readers, my parents were both type 2 diabetics and two of my siblings had already lost that genetic lottery. I started taking a statin medication in 2011 for high triglycerides; another inherited problem.
Even though my husband and I watched our fat intake, we both ate too much and were overweight. We started dieting at the first of this year and my husband has lost 37 pounds while I’ve lost the 28.8!
After four tubes of blood were drawn and analyzed it was time to discuss the results with my physician. I was thinking she’d be so happy I’d lost weight, exercised regularly and completely turned around the lab values. She was happy about the first two but the third didn’t happen.
My fasting blood sugar was still elevated and my HbA1C barely budged. Without the statin, my triglycerides had already elevated far above normal. I cried as she told me it was time to go on diabetes medication for my pre-diabetes to avoid long term damage to my cardiovascular system.
There was some good news… My blood pressure was down enough that if it stays consistent I may get off that medication (yes I’m a genetic mess!) and my resting pulse was 66.
What’s Changed for Me
Since that visit I’m back on Lipitor and have started a new prescription for Metformin. I take it with my breakfast and dinner and there are some very unpleasant side effects from this drug until the body adjusts. But that’s a story for another time.
Since eating a plant-based diet didn’t work for me (or not in the way I wanted it too), I no longer am eating 100% plant-based. I’ve added lean poultry and fish back into my diet. I wanted to let you know so it won’t be a surprise when I have recipes or meal plans with these ingredients.
There is major disappointment with the outcome, but I’m also hopeful that losing the rest of my weight might be enough to eliminate more medication. I’ll keep focusing on my five pound weight loss goals and doing what I can.
How do you deal with health setbacks?