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Old 05-02-2013, 03:47 AM   #1
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Low carb doctors?

Just curious if any of you have found a primary doctor who approves a low carb diet. My current dr always suggests low fat. I am very committed now to getting the weight off and planning to stick with low carb. I am due for a yearly physical and thought I may look for a new dr.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:17 AM   #2
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I haven't found one yet. In fact up until Dec of 2011 I didn't have One dr say Anything about my weight! Finally my new ob/gyn said something about me being " A bigger sized girl" I told him to stop being politicaly correct and say it like it was I Was Fat! He told me if I lost weight the hysterectomy I needed would be easier and safer. I haven't had any Drs tell me Not to do LC but none so far that have cheered me on for eatting LC
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:37 AM   #3
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My last doctor was very much a low carb supporter. He did low carb himself, recommended low carb wheat free diet.
Unfortionatly I changed to Kaiser, so far in 4 years unable to find Dr that doesn't stress lowfat high carb diet.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:55 AM   #4
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My dr is not a fan of this way of eating, but he cannot deny the results I have had. He does think my cholesterol is too high though -- 224. My ratios are great though. I go back in August to see if I have been able to get my numbers down. I have used this time to study up on cholesterol. The more I read the more convinced I am that it is right where it should be, although I am hoping for a higher HDL next time.

On the plus side though.... He is very thorough if I do have a complaint about something. I figure he is anxious to show me how I am damaging my body. However, this far, all tests have shown that my gall bladder, liver, etc. are functioning perfectly.

Maybe he will be on board one day. For now, he may not agree but does respect my choices and has not told me to change anything - except for the cholesterol. And I'll be prepared to discuss that at our next visit. LOL!

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Would you believe the one doctor I found really close by that has listed low carb on his website is not approved by my insurance? I'm going to look again. If not I will just tell my dr this is what I'm doing and that's that.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:42 AM   #6
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A physician's concern is primarily your physical condition, and since my primary doctor does labs on me semi-annually, he never inquired about how I was losing weight because my labs showed that all indicators were fine. His only question was whether or not I was losing 'intentionally' because, as many of you may know, unintentional weight loss is a signal for many serious diseases. Once I assured him that my loss was very intentional, he made no other inquiries.

I volunteered the information about my WOE to my endo (who is my biggest cheerleader), but I didn't mention 'low carb.' I told him that I eliminated all grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and dairy (disagrees with me), and he totally approved because there is Type 2 in my family, and he knows that this WOE is helpful on controlling blood sugar. I also shared the very low calorie level that I need to lose--and he confirmed that my situation (age and medical condition) makes that necessary.

I have never sought 'approval' for how I eat from any doctor--nor do I believe physicians are qualified to give dietary advice EXCEPT as diet may affect a particular disease the person may have.
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I don't tell doctors that I eat low carb because it triggers alarm bells in their heads. I just say I have cut out sugar and processed foods. That seems to make everybody happy.
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My dr is an advocate for lc, he even sells carbquick and lc products in his office. He eats low carb and has for years. Try a general with bariatric specialty? They tend to be more lc friendly.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:25 AM   #9
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:28 AM   #10
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I've learned to tell medical people that I "eat to my blood glucose meter" ... once I say that, I can tell them that I don't do any grains or sugars because it spikes my BG. They get that. The one time my GP asked how I was losing weight, I laughed and told him that his head would explode if he really knew what I was doing. He's never asked again. (I do ketogenic now and have for almost a year, was a pretty standard LC for about 6 months before that.)
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:02 AM   #11
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Once hubby was diagnosed with diabetes he had to see a nutritionist. The 1st basically suggested he go vegan and was really pushing some book - title escapes me now. He met with another and she was pro-paleo.

Hubby started LCing in January. Is down 40lbs and off insulin and another med for diabetes, and has stopped his high blood pressure meds. His current Dr. said that is great but stresses that he can't stop and go back to his old ways.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:06 AM   #12
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My last doctor was neither for OR against LC really. He obviously was more of the mindset of "oh, cut down on fatty foods and cholesterol laden foods" because almost all doctors (unfortunately) are... but when he saw how much weight I was losing, he didn't say anything other than "Keep doing whatever works for you, you're doing great." At the very least he was for me making my own decisions on health care, which I really appreciated.

I'm going to see a new doctor on May 6th though because I needed someone who knew what the heck to do with my adrenals and thyroid... so hopefully this guy will share my love of LC! I don't plan on telling him that I'm following a low carb diet unless he asks me (he may, because it's beneficial to hypo patients) but I do plan on telling him the things I DON'T eat... gluten and grains, and processed foods mostly
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #13
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Jimmy Moore has a list of doctors who support eating low carb. Just do a google search.

That's not a priority for me, because I have several serious medical conditions that require constant monitoring, and I need a PCP who can handle my issues while working well with all my specialists.

That said, my doctor knows I'm doing Atkins. I say it straight out, because I don't like prevarication about it, like Atkins is some dirty little secret. She isn't a fan, but she knows it's not up for debate. She said her piece, I said mine, and we moved onto other matters.

I don't remember which, if any, of my specialists I've told, but it usually doesn't come up.
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My doctor is 100% supportive of low carb. It's the high fat she will not get on board with.
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Right now, I've got to go in to see my doctor about once a month. When she saw how much weight I've lost this month, she was very excited and asked what I was doing. When I told her it was Atkins, she said that she knows several cardiologists that recommend the Atkins WOE and that it's obviously working for me, so keep it up.

I was really relieved because I honestly figured she wouldn't be on board with it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #16
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When I did lc the last time my doctor asked and I lied and told him lc and lf...he was happy with that.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:40 PM   #17
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I think you should all tell your doctors you are eating lowcarb!!! That way, when they see the positive results and lab values, they are more likely to recommend it to their future patients. And who cares if they say they aren't a big fan of LC??? They need to know what works so they can help other patients lose weight. The more positive results they see the more comfortable they will be recommending it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #18
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I told my doctor. I don't remember what he said, because if he supports it, great, if he doesn't, too bad...for him. I have little doubt I've read more nutritional studies over the last year than he has.

I am curious, though, what makes people more or less willing to tell their doctor. Is there a gender difference? Guys generally seem less likely to go to and follow instructions from their doctor, so are they less likely to care what the doctor says? We've heard from a lot of women on this thread, and most don't tell their doctor. I wonder where most men sit (I'm guessing more similar to me?). Or maybe it's a different effect altogether.
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I think with me it comes from my usual avoidance of causing conflict and my desire to please other people... I logically KNOW that I don't have to take any advice my doctor gives me (heck, I refused exploratory surgery a couple years back for something that sounded like absolute nonsense and I'm still here aren't I? ) but sometimes I feel like I'm being pressured into it by them because they really like to PUSH certain things, and I don't like disappointing people. Mind you I wouldn't follow the advice even still, but if I continued on in the same direction and they thought I'd taken their advice they'd be mistaken on what's actually helping me

I guess I'm one of those in-betweeners who sort of tells their doctor, but doesn't come out and say "low carb." Although I guarantee my doctor wouldn't even have a clue of what NK even was I think I just usually assume that most doctors are NOT well versed in nutrition and they're probably just going to start talking out of their backside about things that just aren't true... but Samantha has a point. Maybe we SHOULD start telling them, so our successes can be attributed to the LC plans that have helped us so much. It might influence their minds a bit and make them do some digging themselves. Heck, I'm always tempted to bring my copy of "Why We Get Fat" to the office with me as required reading for any doctor that wants to give me nutritional advice
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #21
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My doctor knew me as I was gaining and losing. When I first went in to see her in Jan 2001, I told her that I was going to do Atkins. She was cautious and said we would need to keep an eye on my cholesterol. Two years later I went back and the good cholesterol went up and the bad cholesterol went down. Sugars were down too. Then in the third year I changed to a structured low carb food plan. I added in a fruit a day and lots of veggies. I reduced the protein to a serving size where as before I ate huge amounts of protein. Today's cholesterol is 158, HDL is 67, LDL is low, triglycerides are low, sugars are in low 80's. Same doctor has become vegan. She gets it and is supportive as she sees the results. Believe it or not, most patients are not compliant with a weight loss program whether it be the patient's idea or the doctor's. As a result, doctors still have a job. People lose and gain and repeat the vicious cycle over and over again. That alone can do a job on our health.
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Personally, I shout it from the housetops, but that's because I'm highly obnoxious. I'm also the kind of person who is in no way influenced by what people think about me (which leads to said obnoxiousness). In fact, I kind of like it when people challenge me on it: "Come on, give me an argument!"
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The doc I had growing up through high school and in my 20's was very pro-LC. He and others in his office eat low carb and love it. My current doc isn't so crazy about it, but if I lose weight and my numbers look good she says "keep doing whatever you are doing."

My father-in-law was recently diagnosed as borderline diabetic and his doctor recommended LC, although they weren't great about giving him instructions to follow. Fortunately, he has me. :-)
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Funny thing is that my dermatologist urges that patients eat a primal diet. She hasn't discussed diet with me, but has done so with a very lean friend I referred to her practice. My friend had a skin condition and one of the first things the dermatologist told her was to cut out grains, soy and sugars and to only eat full fat dairy. She then gave her a sheet with a diet to follow and told my friend this is how she eats. My friend called me and said, "did you know that Dr. C eats the way you eat?"

Too bad my dermatologist isn't also an internist.
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I have had a new young doctor for about 2 years and he definitely encourages low carb. Last time I saw him was because I was on Prednisone which was making me insanely hungry and he said that if I were to stick with low carb I wouldn't gain any weight. One of his nurses lost 50 lbs doing Atkins and she is a young lady and looks great. She told me "it works". When I asked him which book I should follow for supportive information he told me "Atkins". I've also overheard him talking about food with another patient. He looks very fit. When I was so sick this winter and saw him I felt so blessed to have him for my doctor. He could tell that I was thrilled to see him that day. (he said he seldom gets such a warm greeting as I gave him). He is part of a "team" of 5 so I don't always get him. But I really like most of them very much. Another blessing. Only one of them was a bit of a jerk and I haven't seen him since.

I agree with one of the above posters who feels that it would be of great benefit both to the docs and to their patients to let them know exactly what we are doing because they will be seeing that it works. Makes sense to me. And I am one who is easily intimidated by people. But now that I am 67 and have been very ill this year, I care less about what others think about me. I am more confident about what I am learning is best for me. It's about time eh?!
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I think you should all tell your doctors you are eating lowcarb!!! That way, when they see the positive results and lab values, they are more likely to recommend it to their future patients. And who cares if they say they aren't a big fan of LC??? They need to know what works so they can help other patients lose weight. The more positive results they see the more comfortable they will be recommending it.

Exactly!!!! We need to get this ball rolling and show them things are a changing whether they like it or not!!!
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My doctor, who is diabetic himself, has always advocated the elimination of starchy and high carb foods without outright calling it a LC diet. He says to eliminate wheat products, potatoes, and rice.
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My doctor is 100% supportive of low carb. It's the high fat she will not get on board with.
I've found this to be common w/drs. and nutritionists. They're fine w/cutting down on carbs, but they're fat phobic. So what they'd like you to do is cut carbs AND fat, live on skinless, boneless chicken breasts and brocoli, which leaves most of us hungry and dissatisfied all the time.

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. When I told her it was Atkins, she said that she knows several cardiologists that recommend the Atkins WOE and that it's obviously working for me, so keep it up.
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Yes, my brother is a cardiologist and suggests Taubes' books to his patients. But as per my comment above, he is still a bit fat phobic.

On Mother's day I brought pork rinds to go w/the guacamole appetizer I bought (chips for everyone else.) He'd never had a pork rind, nor had I actually, till this woe. He sampled one and said, "Not bad! But I can feel my arteries hardening." Too many people around to roll into the discussion then, but I'm seeing him for dinner this week and am going to have "the cholesterol talk" w/him. I'm interested to see how and where he really supports Taubes and the ideas behind "The Great Cholesterol Myth."

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I think you should all tell your doctors you are eating lowcarb!!!
Agree completely! I can't think of one good reason why Doctors should be "protected" from their lack of knowledge and adhesion to low fat myths. This has been going on for over 3 decades, Americans getting fatter and fatter all along. GEEZ, you'd think by now bells would be ringing everywhere.

Most Drs. have read less on nutrition than many of the folks on this board and they need to be challenged to acknowledge the experiences of their low carb patients w/an open mind to learning more.
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My previous OB/GYN was a fantastic supporter of low carb. Unfortunately, I moved and he's not my doctor anymore.
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