First of all, Nettie, I want to acknowledge your remarkable achievements over the past year.
--and your positive approach to your on-going journey. You have been an inspiration to me. Sometimes at 66 yo, and what seems like almost an entire lifetime of "working on" these issues, I need to hear and read and see results like yours. Motivating.
Even one pound is no small
victory. Years ago, I taught Lifestyle classes in my church, and one thing that always brought a smile was when I encouraged women in their weight loss by comparing it to "sticks of butter". "Only one pound", someone would say. "Four sticks of butter", I would say! (Probably not literally true that all the wt. loss was "fat", but the image seemed very motivating.) Sometimes, I would take several pounds of butter quarters to the class, and we would have fun showing where the "sticks of fat" had come off our bodies! --hips, thighs, belly, underarm...
--and talk about the sticks that had come off "inside" that we could not see! --liver, blood vessels, etc.
Another fun motivator in the class was when I would ask each week for a volunteer to carry a 25# bag of dog food EVERYWHERE the person went for the following week--PTA meetings, appts., out for a walk, mowing the lawn, etc. Some brave souls would volunteer, and come back the following week HIGHLY motivated to drop 25# off their bodies--and had entertaining and enlightening stories to tell.
About you post: I was so prepared
mentally and emotionally for good news recently when going for regular thyroid follow-up, and lab work follow up. I could hardly wait for the appt. I "knew" my Synthroid would be lowered, and it was--now down to 75 mcg. (My TSH was .0279) I "knew" my blood sugar had stabilized, and it was--the on the spot test, and the long-term were excellent. I take no meds. Control it with Lifestyle choices.
I was also excitedly anticipating some really good news about my cholesterol levels. --and I bombed out! Total cholesterol: 225. LDL: 135. I plunged down into discouragement, and have yet to get all the way back up to my usual "positive" approach in living and doing and being. I felt like "the air was knocked out of me", and I literally felt deflated. Mine has actually gone up. I got those numbers over the phone from the nurse, and don't have an appt. for another week to meet with the Dr. and discuss all the labs. I KNOW when she wants me to come in, rather than giving me the numbers over the phone, she wants to give me the "medication talk" again.
I take what Dr. McDougall has to say and teach quite seriously. I have learned to trust him. Here is one of his articles on health from his website, and knowing what he says does give me cause for concern about my recent (and on-going) cholesterol values. I have empathy for your expressed concerns:
I recalled reading/hearing(?) about a synthroid/hypothyroid/cholesterol connection. I have been doing some reading of materials that came up on Google with this search: cholesterol and hypothyroid
--and also visiting some of the sites that discuss hypothyroidism.
Are you a coffee drinker? In Dr. McD's book, MCDOUGALL'S MEDICINE, he is quite clear about coffee and cholesterol. He says, and has documentation (of course),
"I'm sorry to tell you this, but coffee raises the level of cholesterol in the blood
.[the bad news
] On the other hand, people with high blood levels of cholesterol who give up this beverage show a significant drop in their cholesterol levels. The improvement can mean a 10 percent decrease in cholesterol levels, which could have a considerable impact on the danger of dying from heart disease while keeping your arteries in better general health.
[the good news
] Giving up coffee should be considered as an additional way to lower an elevated cholesterol value. People with already low cholesterol levels should not expect a further reduction in cholesterol when they stop drinking coffee."
I remember that he addresses the cholesterol problem in his book, The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart
, but I loaned mine to a friend who had a Heart Transplant, and never got the book back. (He moved to PA!, and took the book with him. I'm happy for him to have it--after all, he was 58 when he got his "new heart" , but the donated heart was only 28 years old! I kept reminding him to take care of it!!, --but I need to replace the book.)
Another thing I think about is how the "normal" healthful NUMBER for total cholesterol has been lowered over the years, bringing more and more people into a diagnosed condition--and I am not able to figure out which is correct.
And another of my concerns is what I sense you may have expressed, also. If I can't bring my cholesterol levels down by the way I eat, live, and think, and exercise, I sometimes wonder if I have a chance to ever
do so w/o drugs. I really, really don't want to take drugs.
I've been told by many different Drs. through the years (I've moved more than you can ever imagine) all the traditional things about what NOT to do and what NOT to eat, and I wasn't doing/eating them anyway
, and what TO DO, and I had been doing those things for years
. First, they usually don't believe me that I am compliant, and then--if they ever do believe me (or NOT) they tell me that it just must be "genetics" then, and they whip out the Rx pad. (I do not take any medication except the Synthroid.)
Another oddity to me is the strong reluctance from most all Docs I have ever dealt with on the hypothyroid issue to even discuss the T3 value, much less agree to include it on the labs, or to consider prescribing for it. I was sent to an endocrinologist in Nashville a few months ago by my Family Dr., about my vacillating thyroid levels, and they did include the T3 in the lab work there, and it was not in the norm, and when I returned to the Family Dr. who sent me there, she would not even discuss it. She said it "just doesn't mean anything". --which is what she was taught and believes.
Anyway, I am also eager to read any input anyone can share here on your post and concerns.
And again, Nettie, congratulations on what you have done for yourself and your body and your life.