Welcome, Shawn.. I hope you have a great start to this lifestyle! I love all the studies people have offered you.. good reading. It sounds like you can definitely get off the meds, and turn your health around. 32 is so young still... I'm 35, and I see hubby's and my 55+ yr old parents aging rapidly, afflicted with sooo many health issues, and it just makes me sad and fired up to change my life before I become "broken". I've struggled with my own chronic health issues and feel them fading away as the weeks go by. I wish I could shout it to the world (or, my PCOS sister in law, my heart-attack father in law, my diabetes stepmother....) but no one will listen when I try! So I just smile when they tell me "Oh I would never give up bread" and know that I feel the best I've felt in my life. Look forward to hearing your updates!
Meghan and Sooze, thanks for chiming in and the great welcome.
If I've learned anything this year, it's that those in denial tend to stay in denial. I've mentioned what I've learned to many, and have had to give up. So be it.
I've made an appointment with my preferred doctor to discuss my diet and drugs. With or without his advice, but at least under his supervision, I'm gonna stop my Lipitor and Metformin meds. I'll keep up my CoQ10 for a while in case it helps me "recover" from years of statin use.
Hopefully he will agree to the specific blood tests that I picked out of the PB book, and maybe repeat them monthly for the rest of the year.
I'm not in any position to speak from experience re: meds and I'm new today myself, but I definitely know people who have taken the steps to change their diet (some much older than you) and have completely come off medications, so anything is possible. Of course, I need to take that on too!
I'm new to this and have just read your reply to Shawn - I love what you say about surrounding yourself with positive 'do-ers'. I want to be one of those!
[QUOTE=Shawn the Meat Man;904207]I've made an appointment with my preferred doctor to discuss my diet and drugs. With or without his advice, but at least under his supervision, I'm gonna stop my Lipitor and Metformin meds. I'll keep up my CoQ10 for a while in case it helps me "recover" from years of statin use.[/QUOTE]
Statins can be dropped cold turkey & I recommend doing that. Other meds, depending on what category & how long they've been taken, need to be weaned off of. You are young, smart(to be here @ MDA) & you're gonna likely be just fine. Great even!
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[h=2]References & Further Research[/h] [B][URL="http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.htm"]University of Maryland: Coenzyme Q10[/URL][/B]
[B][URL="http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/ncicdr0000446290-questions-and-answers-about-coenzyme-q10"]WebMD: Questions and Answers About Coenzyme Q10[/URL][/B]
[B][URL="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16551570"]Coenzyme Q10: absorption, tissue uptake, metabolism and pharmacokinetics.[/URL][/B]
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Thanks for the heads up. Right now, I take Qunol Coq10, to the tune of a measly 100mg a day. It is the Qunol gelcap, which boasts that it's as good as 300mg of dry pills. Whatever. I do know that it works, and I return to my sluggish self when I miss itfor a few days. I'm tempted to add it to my lunch, in addition to my current regimen of having it with breakfast. It is suggested to avoid it for dinner, as it could energize you late into the night. No thanks.
My Lipitor is the second smallest dose, and my Metformin is the lowest dose suggested to work at all. I feel I can cut these off cold turkey, especially since I've only had the Metformin for 6 months.
Wednesday I will hear my doctor's opinion.
Cool. Any high qual CoQ10, even a low dosage, imo is better than none. You can feel it, so it's doing something.