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Old 07-27-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Are your doctors accepting of low carb?

Or is it like a battle with them when you visit?

I must say that my doctor is pretty much open to whatever works, and is generally very supportive. I would not say that she is especially well versed in the ways of low carb. I tried to engage some low carb talk with her on Friday, and I felt like I knew at least as much as she did. She was worried about my slight increase in cholesterol, even thought she was ecstatic about everything else. I told her that the slight increase was expected for new low carbers.

The other doctor in her practice that I have seen a couple times is definitely not nearly as receptive..... And that is why I avoid him unless I can't. He is very old school, and very much a "low fat" follow the pyramid kind of guy.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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Said do I now about "liow carb"?
Say's they found it has help some
with memory loss! (husband has it)

So another doctor in favor of it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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Mine isn't accepting of it in general, but we have agreed that I think she's wrong, I'm doing it anyway, and it's working for me.

The first time I told her I was going back on Atkins, she dragged out that old saw about kidney damage. I told her that she was misinformed about it, and that was old debunked information, and that I was going to do it regardless of her thoughts. The next visit, I brought her a few printouts of studies, just for her information. She knows I'm a researcher and well-informed, and I know that she's a good general practitioner who does a good job helping me coordinate with my various specialists, so diet advice isn't even close to the top of the list.

As she's seen that I've been losing fat over the past several months, and various tests haven't shown that my kidneys are in imminent danger of exploding , she's begun to express support, not of Atkins in particular, but of my progress. I would have continued regardless, but it's nice.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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I never have to see a doctor. And during my pregnancy, I never discussed my diet. So, no idea what they think!
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #5
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Doctors here are generally in favor of the low fat high carb diet. Mine doesn't know how I eat and if I don't have to I won't discuss it. My allergy specialist knows I don't eat wheat but that's because he diagnosed my wheat allergy.
I have a dietician who is now recommending fasting and LCHF, I love her!
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:40 AM   #6
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Mine is all for it, although she wants me to work in fruit and I don't want to. I stay (try) under 20 a day and am doing fine. Blood pressure is down, cholesterol is good too, I'll stay with my way.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:32 AM   #7
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My gyn didn't really care one way or the other. My internal med doc said low carb is probably a good idea because of my PCOS. However I'm dumping her anyway, as she treats thyroid based only on TSH.

Oh, and Garlic please read Phinney and Volek's "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" chapter 8 called, "Lipoprotein Effects." It has detailed info about the effect of low carb diets on cholesterol levels. They also explain (in Chapter 13, "Clinical Use of Carbohydrate Restriction") why blood cholesterol may remain elevated the entire time you are losing fat and even a bit beyond. So your blood cholesterol may remain higher for quite some time but it likely isn't anything to worry about.

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Old 07-28-2013, 04:51 AM   #8
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yes my dr. is a fan of low carb. she is fine with it so I have no problems on that issue.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:52 AM   #9
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I have never met a doctor who wasn't in favor on low sugar and low starch eating. I also never remember sugars and starches being good for you. I also never remember doctor really asking me about my diet if I did not bring it up to them for a specific reason. I brought it up to him beause I was flagged in lab report. I tend to think most doctors are in favor of a LC diet like south beach.

I just started eating NK f(high fat-low carb)rom Atkins and my lastest looks like this:

Total: 147 mg
HDL- 71 mg
TriG 36 mg
LDL 69 mg

NON/ HDLC 2.1
NON HD CHOLES 76 mg ---this was flagged cause should be 30 mg higher than LDL choles. target.

SOOOO...I asked doctor about it. Doc says flat out "I dont usually question diet when someone has superhero cholestrol---I look at when someones cholesterol changes" Mind you , my chol was pretty fab on SAD diet too. BUT WHEN I FIRST WENT ON LOW CARB IT WAS A LITTLE WACKY FOR ONE BLOOD TEST ONLY>

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Old 07-28-2013, 07:19 AM   #10
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The regular GP Dr I see doesn't seem to care one way or the other. His Nurse was/is Very supportive and everytime I see her she comments on how great I look and how much i've lost. My Ob/Gyn is Very supportive! When I saw him last sept to schedule my Hyster and then again in Dec when he did the surgery he was really impressed with my weight loss and bloodwork etc. But honestly it wouldn't matter to me at All if either one of them didn't agree with LC! Drs don't know everything! Lol
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:20 AM   #11
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Mine thinks I lost 21 pounds because I followed his advice of low fat and a lot of exercise...It is pretty comical. He is really happy thou.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:24 AM   #12
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Yes my doctor is in favor of it. He commented that his father was on it for years and did great with it. woo hoo
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:26 AM   #13
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My PCP is vegan and supportive of my foodplan. She is always amazed when I come in every two years for the physical and weigh the same.

She says keep doing what you're doing.

But early on in 2004 or so, I had a heart catherization because I wasn't terribly fit and had problems with the stress test. She calls me the veggie lady because I do eat lots of veggies. She said my heart was as clean as a whistle.

Total chol was 158, HDL 67, sugars 88. I am 65 and take no meds for general health like BP & diabetes
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:30 AM   #14
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My doctor has no idea how I eat & I have no reason to discuss it with him. I honestly don't care about his opinion on the subject. I know he has no nutritional education at all.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:34 AM   #15
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My dr put me on low carb so yes he is fine with it lol!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #16
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My Internal Medicine MD, is completely for LC. Originally, he wanted me to go on Medifast to lose weight because he lost a lot of weight on it. I am not good at eating foods premade and shakes and it is so restrictive much more so than LC.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:25 AM   #17
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My PCP is all for it, and has said that she knows many Cardiologists that recommend it to their patients. She does try to talk me into eating more chicken and fish and less beef and bacon, but she can't argue with the fat that it's working for me so she just goes with it.

My Ob/Gyn doesn't seem to understand it. He thinks a Ketogenic WOE means that you're starving yourself. I had surgery 3 weeks ago, and he was adamant that I eat the SAD for at least 2 months, because he felt my body wouldn't heal properly otherwise. I just nodded and said OK and continued to eat my way. LOL I had my post op check up on Friday, and he was very happy with how quickly my incision had healed, and again reiterated that I was not to go back to my WOE for at least 2 months. LOL. I just smiled and nodded.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #18
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When I went to see my doctor few months ago I was down about 50 lbs then and he said, so what did you do, are you just exercising more?! I almost laughed in his face! He knows I have been walking regularly for years and never lost a pound. I told him I have changed how I'm eating, he just said, oh and didn't ask anymore questions. I don't think he would be in favor of it but maybe one day I'll fill him in and see what he thinks.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:12 AM   #19
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My doctor is well versed in Bariatric and weight loss methods. I am actually seeing her because I have PCOS and she specializes in it. She is the one who put me on my low carb woe and I see her every 2 weeks so she can monitor my progress. I am down almost 20 pounds since starting at the beginning of June.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #20
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My doctor has no idea how I eat & I have no reason to discuss it with him. I honestly don't care about his opinion on the subject. I know he has no nutritional education at all.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #21
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my doc is ok with the low carb part of the plan, not so much about the high fat part.
He wanted me to up the protein a bit and lower the fat a bit. I have been doing that.
I getting a detailed lipid profile next month similar to the vap test. I"ll know more then.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:51 PM   #22
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Our endocrinologist is the one who set us on this path to begin with. He sees mostly diabetics, naturally. I'm not - I just went to him for weight loss. Since then, my husband has been diagnosed T2, so he's supposed to be on the same diet. Sometimes he follows it! But he's been able to better manage it even so.

The only thing about this doctor is he's still stuck on the low fat thing, which he grumbles about to me a bit; he knows I don't follow that part, and we simply agree to disagree.

Our GP is very supportive as well. In fact, he has some of his own medical concerns that he'd like to address dietarily, and asks for input from me
sometimes! Of course, he knows we are better versed in medical info, so he's more inclined to at least take what we say and consider it intelligently. His wife is a nurse, and she also can't deviate from the SAD (as is the case with so many in the field), so he's having a bit of a struggle with her, I think. Even so, he'll order whatever sort of esoteric testing (like a fractionated lipid panel, etc) I ask for. I love that part!

My dentist is pretty supportive, although we're new with this office, so we don't have as good an established rapport with him as with the others. The remainder of our specialists at least know our dietary plan and never express any difficulty with it.

I suppose I'm lucky. I hear a lot of maddening stories about doctors on crusades, even in the face of patients' successes, to warn people off the "dangers" of low-carbing. Frustrating. And if you try to give them any information, they automatically shunt you off into the heap of fad-diet incompetents. What a shame.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #23
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Mine is supportive, and knows it works, especially with high triglycerides, which my DH has. DH however does not want to low carb since Blue Bell (ice cream) is not on the plan.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #24
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The cardiologist I saw for some routine testing definitely is against low carb. I chuckled internally as he said my cholesterol level of 175 made me a borderline candidate for statins. As he's saying this I'm looking at the model of a clogged artery on the counter generously supplied to him by the makers of Lipitor. All over the walls of every exam room are visual aids supplied by a pharmaceutical company.

He said I need to avoid eggs, bacon, butter, etc.... Damn it, that's what I have every day for breakfast!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:38 PM   #25
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My doc is Internal Medicine but specializes in diabetes. I've been seeing her for a little over 2 years. She 'understands' low carb as most doctors do...which means not the way we do it. However, she keeps an open mind and actually sits down and listens to me.

Now, after watching my weight come down and my blood sugar under control without meds, she's a believer. She was shocked when my last A1c was 4.9 because she said it is high unusual for diabetics. Uh duh...feed them a diet high in carbs (and the ADA diet is high at 140gm per day) and, of course, an A1c of under 5 is unusual. On my last visit she finally wrote down the name of the book (Bernstein's Diabetes Solution) and said she was going to recommend it to her diabetic patients.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:39 PM   #26
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The cardiologist I saw for some routine testing definitely is against low carb. I chuckled internally as he said my cholesterol level of 175 made me a borderline candidate for statins. As he's saying this I'm looking at the model of a clogged artery on the counter generously supplied to him by the makers of Lipitor. All over the walls of every exam room are visual aids supplied by a pharmaceutical company.

He said I need to avoid eggs, bacon, butter, etc.... Damn it, that's what I have every day for breakfast!!
Read "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. I think our medical and pharmaceutical industries are killing people with their beliefs about cholesterol...and their remedies (i.e. statins).
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:45 PM   #27
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I literally have no faith in my endocrinologist. Kind of sad. Frustrating. I sometimes feel like people can't hear me when I talk about it.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #28
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Mine does. She asked me about a year ago if I had ever heard of "that new paleo diet." She is also a Medifast clinic person (or whatever they are called) and believes in that too.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:10 AM   #29
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I will ask today...never really talk about it and will post my #'s .... got my fingers crossed....
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If I'm seeing a new doctor, one of the first things they usually comment on is how fit I am. There's my opening to mention that I used to be fat, lost the weight a dozen years ago, and have kept it off since. In a sentence or two, I describe the way I eat (i.e., adequate protein with non-starchy vegetables & low-glycemic fruits instead of breads & added sugar), and invariably they nod with approval. Then I tack on the name "Atkins" so they'll understand what the program actually entails. This backwards approach makes all the difference - because I will not omit the term "Atkins." Never have.

As a final throw-in? My full blood panel. At that point, any M.D. is pretty much cornered into thinking low-carbing is great.
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