Saturday Swapit #30

Welcome to the last Saturday Swapit of July.
Here I hope you can find something to help get the diet blues into perspective and realise you are not alone should you slip in the occasional ‘naughty’ item, which you shouldn’t feel guilty about. We are all human after all.

It’s been a mixed bag for me this week with good days and bad days, yesterday being a munchy day so I have two days to get my act together before the ‘official ‘ weigh in on Monday.
Today’s topic is health and medication.
DISCLAIMER:
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019 and have managed to stay within my target parameters since August 2019.

Saturday Swapit is not intended as a diet programme, and anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP.

I had a blood test on Monday and a phone call yesterday regarding the results.
I had believed they were just checking my heart, but apparently it was a full diabetes health check and this is due to be discussed on Wednesday 10th August.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in October 2011 and have been able to control it with diet. My sugars have been well below the set parameters, and the only concern was in regard of my cholesterol, the highest of which I believe was 6.2 about five years ago.
This has always been an issue, and I have ‘a discussion’ with the medical staff every time that I will NOT go on statins to conform with their tick list. I agreed at the end of last year to try a non statin anti cholesterol medication which Hubby has been on for a few years that worked for him. Rather than work on the cholesterol in the body as statins do, this works on the food you actually eat. That’s all I can tell you really.
The two blood tests I have had since have shown a reduction in my cholesterol to 5.4, and I am hoping this third test is following suit. My reasons for not taking statins are the potential side effects regarding muscle pain and fatigue, which I have already so obviously don’t wish to aggravate it.

The other thing that is up for discussion is my iron levels.
Now this is a new one on me, as I take a multi vitamin every day and eat a balanced diet with plenty of veg and fruit. I confess that recently too many sweet stuffs have been creeping in and I am trying to address that, so it will be interesting to find out what is going on there.

I can understand that it is crucial to many to take prescribed medication but so far OTC purchases have been sufficient for me. A little over a year ago the doctor prescribed a Vitamin D and Calcium combi which I duly took, but after a week or so, began to feel unwell. I therefore stopped taking the combi and reverted back to the OTC Vitamin D tablets and felt better in a couple of days. I continued that for a while, then tried the combi again. Within a week, I felt ill, so stopped and have been taking the OTC ever since. I told the doctor of my decision and there was no problem.
I purchased a multi vitamin tablet for the over 50s a little while ago which had added iron and a high dosage of Vitamin D so stopped taking that separately. The current multi vits also have a high level of Vitamin D, so again there is no need for an extra tablet.
I also take garlic oil capsules (odourless) for my BP which is pretty stable at around 130 over 85, and glucosomine for my arthritis.

The experts all say that balance is key for healthy living, and since joining SW in 2016, I have changed our eating habits to include more fresh stuff and making a lot more of my meals from scratch. In recent years, this has been a must to help Hubby with his digestion issues, so it has benefited both of us.
I don’t like taking medication at the best of times, not even paracetamol, but I am on prescribed post cancer meds until 2029 plus these anti cholesterol tablets. I’ve been told previously there is a combi available, but I am reading that as a statin by just another name. A previous surgery suggested a red rice extract which I paid for but before opening it, looked it up on the internet. It was a statin and the side effects unacceptable to me, so I took it back and got a full refund.

For the record, I am not burying my head in the sand or being bloody minded. Health is important, and we are all different. Sadly, although the numbers and data may suggest improvement, it doesn’t work for everyone and I am of the ilk better the devil you know.
Still, I will listen to what they have to say, and look up what they want to prescribe, if anything. Watch this space.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Saturday Swapit #30

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Hubby had a go at me today for me taking so many anti inflammatories. He doesn’t seem to understand that I’m finding it difficult even to hold my pen at work nowadays with the arthritis. I have a cortisone injection booked for two weeks time, so I’ve decided to try and learn to write with my left hand. Just seems like I’m falling apart at the moment

    • I can sympathise as I find it difficult to hold a pen sometimes. Have you tried glucosamine? You can buy it over the counter and it helps me.

      • Nope, Not Pam says:

        I don’t think so, I’m using compression gloves at night, but I have to take Panadol and anti inflammatories to be able to sleep

      • It sounds a lot more severe than mine then. My fingers are terribly bent and nobbly and I have an aspirin based cream to apply should it get too painful.

      • Nope, Not Pam says:

        My Nan had terrible arthritis, but she never complained. I feel like a wringer to be honest

      • It can be really painful though and sometimes I don’t know where to put myself. Hope you can get some relief when you need it.

  2. murisopsis says:

    My doctor wants to put me on a statin. I have resisted. I’ve been able to reduce my cholesterol with exercise and diet so haven’t been to the point of him having a fit about my levels. My sister recommended the Red Rice but after a little research I came to the same conclusion you did! Just because it is “natural” doesn’t make it good! I’ve cut out all anti-inflammatories as my liver enzymes were elevated. The subsequent test showed them to be back to normal levels… It seems health is a balancing act!

    • Thanks Val. Interesting about the Red Rice. Health is indeed a balancing act and many years ago my GP of the time confirmed that if my hormone levels were text book I was ‘ill’ but if they were out of sync (but constant like that) I was fine. I refuse to conform to a tick list just to satisfy some chart that is devised without taking into account age, gender, mobility/exercise ability, and general well being of an individual overall. My cholesterol has always been a little on the high side, but that particular GP wasn’t worried too much as it was normal for me. It has reduced considerably since then, but will never be less than the 4 they are aiming for on their list. 5 is a good number for me and I was almost there at the last blood test so I’m interested to know what it was this time.

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  4. Carol anne says:

    I take way to many meds, I’d love it if I could take less, but what I am on, I need to be on unfortunately. Xx

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