by: Aimee Reese
You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Triglycerides out there. Dealing with all the changes that Fibro throws at you is hard and I have a huge list as you can tell about things that it has impacted on my life.
You would think that there could be nothing else that I’d have to take or change since I have already changed so much. What else could this wonderful illness of mine possibly interfere with that would make the most impact on my life. There’s nothing else that could be thrown at me that has not already been thrown at me. After all, I am living on the green platform, as positive as positive can be, and taking things as they come.
Well, I was wrong. In June 2016, I had my regular yearly appointment. I was feeling really good because I’d been getting my monthly massage, taking my vitamins, taking my supplements, taking my prescription, and I was exercising. I had changed my diet and for the first time in a long time was feeling really good. The doctor and I had a great conversation until we got to my bloodwork results. Now I had expected one thing to be off just because it always tended to be down and that was my vitamin D it was low. Ok, this was no big deal. He just increased my dosage.
The thing that threw me for the biggest loop was my fibro had totally messed with my triglycerides. The reading was far too high. How in the world could my triglycerides be so off? I don’t eat fried foods, I don’t eat unhealthily, I exercise, I am not overweight. How in the world can they be off? I also was not 100 percent sure exactly how bad this was until I did my usual research. I did break down on this one. I had a very good cry.
Now just because I had a good cry did not mean I went to the Red Platform I did stay “green”, but a good cry helps you release that stress and tension so that you can focus on the true topic.
Here I was, 45 years old and at a risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Someone who does not smoke, drink or even get themselves overly stressed. This was the scariest piece for me. This has been the hardest and the scariest piece during my whole process of dealing with fibro. This is something that could literally change my life forever if I did not figure out how to get this number down to where the doctor wanted it to be.
He did not prescribe anything, which may surprise a lot of people, but once again this was something that can be brought down by another change in diet. Now when he told me this I was racking my brain to think what else can I possibly give up that I have not already given up. I’m going to end up eating nothing but salads!
What exactly is this triglyceride thing? Triglycerides are fats that circulate in your blood. When you eat fatty foods, most of the fats are in the form of triglycerides. When you eat too many calories, the extra calories are converted to triglycerides and stored away inside your body’s fat cells.
So now that I knew I had to change my diet once again, I had to find out what to eliminate. Since I was not going to take any prescription for this, what else would I have to change to make the number go down? Here are some diet and lifestyle changes that doctors tell us to do to help get that number down:
Limit unhealthy fat
Limit alcohol (this one is easy, since for persons with fibro it causes a flare up)
Limit sugar intake
Now some of these are pretty easy as I was doing them already but when you start researching how much sugar is in fruits, vegetables, etc. you begin to realize how much food you really have to eliminate to make the number go down. I did some research on foods and the sugar content they have in them, and I was very surprised to find so many of the foods that I like have an enormous about of sugar and carbohydrates.
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