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14 Amazing Herbs That Lower Blood Sugar

We live in a world where prescription medicine is getting more and more expensive as well as controversial. Alternative medicine is gaining momentum and with good reason! The same is true for treatments for diabetes type 2. You have therapies that can reverse diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes, natural supplements that can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and also herbs that lower blood sugar. Not only are these alternative therapies safer, but they are also easier on your pocket, on your body and mind. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is necessary for the body’s overall health. Erratic blood sugar levels can affect the body’s ability to function normally and even lead to complications if left unchecked. Some herbs and spices found in nature do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for diabetics and pre-diabetics. What’s more, being nature’s multi-taskers, herbs and spices also produce overall health benefits beyond just helping balance blood sugar. We want to clarify one thing right away – not everything on our list can be classified as ‘herbs’. However, they are all from natural sources. Herbs come from the lea Continue reading >>

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  1. wordsmithe

    So I just came back from the doctor and her jaw literally dropped when she saw my cholesterol levels.
    My hdl was 90, but my LDL was 372. She told me to stop ketoing immediately and start taking cholesterol pills.
    Has anyone had such a high cholesterol level? If so, did you guys take medication?
    EDIT I've been reading a lot about high LDL levels and low TG levels and how there are different types of lipids in our blood. I'm not going to take the medication at this point and take a VAP test to see what kind of lipids are in my bloodstream.
    Also, I think it would be helpful to post some basic information.
    25 male 72 KG (159 lbs) 173 cm (5'9) Keto for six months Usual macros 45/45/10
    Keto helped me lose fat and gain muscle. I've been grateful for having keto guide me to a healthier lifestyle, but I'm willing to give it up if my heart is at risk.

  2. gogge

    Some people have issues with saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, or keto.
    Thomas Dayspring talks about a similar case (but with confirmed high LDL particle count) in one of his articles, I posted this in another thread:
    Some people react badly to saturated fat and dietary cholesterol (hyperresponders, longer post), they can probably still do keto (depends on how sensitive they are) just don't overdo the coconut oil, butter (eat more olive/avocado/canola oil instead) and cut down on eggs.
    Others might do better on just general non-ketogenic low carb, check out this article from Thomas Dayspring (a lipidologist referenced by Peter Attia and Gary Taubes) with a case very similar to yours (formatted for readability):
    “I started eating paleo/low-carb (with dairy) in Apr 2011. I should add that my diet has never been ultra low-carb -- just lower-carb than most people. My last blood test before going paleo was in Nov 2010 and my past numbers have always been similar:”
    Total cholesterol = 196
    LDL-C =105
    HDL-C = 75
    TG = 78 (all in mg/dL)
    TSH = 2.15
    “I lost 30 pounds in about 3 months and have kept it off ever since. Today I weigh 124 and maintain my weight easily eating this way, even though I am menopausal.”
    The lipid panel was repeated on the new diet:
    TC = 323
    LDL-C = 230
    HDL-C 83
    TG 49 (all in mg/dL)
    Total LDL-P = 2643 nmol/L (99 th percentile population cut point)
    TG/HDL-C = 0.59 (poor man’s marker of insulin sensitivity) Under 2.0 is excellent
    Not great changes, very high LDL cholesterol similar to your reaction, and this likely also means very high LDL particle count.
    Here's what they did:
    The dietary advice was to cut back on saturated fat and use more MUFA and PUFA without increasing carbs. After doing just that for a few months the patient reports:
    “The only modifications I've made because of my high lipids are eating steel cut oats regularly, adding chia seeds to my diet, and eating apples regularly (to increase fiber levels); cutting out most dairy; and watching my saturated fat intake a little more closely--all aimed at getting my high LDL-P down.” Weight has remained stable.
    Here are the follow up labs:
    TC = 178
    LDL-C = 92 (was 230)
    HDL-C = 82
    TG = 21
    Non-HDL-C = 96 (all inmg/dL)
    Total LDL-P: 948 nmol/L (recall it was grossly elevated at 2643) < 1000 nmol/L (20 th percentile population cut point) is desirable
    Small LDL-P: < 90 nmol/L (normal)
    LDL Size: 21.4 nm (quite large)
    CRP was near 0.
    Thomas Dayspring, "Lipidaholics Anonymous Case 291 Can losing weight worsen lipids?"
    The article is a very long read, but it's also absolutely excellent at explaining why some people can react badly and what to really look for in a lipid test, and what to do about it when things look bad.

  3. wordsmithe

    Thanks for the extensive response. Im definitely going to take some time today to do more reading and research. Im still 50/50 on taking the medication, but I do feel better knowing otbers have had similar reactions from keto.

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