Originally posted by wineismylife: If not too personal haggis what happened? Are you OK?
I didn't check back until now. I'm fine, Joe. Thanks for asking.
I had a punctured diverticulum (pouch in the intestine). It resulted in peritonitis. Nasty nasty stuff. I had a great Italian surgeon who ordered me to drink a glass of wine a day when I was discharged!
Medical treatment to raise HDL is not successful at lowering CV events.
Still 5 years later -Lowering LDL and keeping "fluffy" components higher than "solid" is the best treatment...and the best medical regimen involves low dose statins. -Elevated HDL is protective but best achieved by routine highly aerobic exercise and a low calorie Mediterranean [not low carb or low protein ]diet -Drinking more liquids and eating slowly reduces the hunger mechanism and keeps you from overeating. -Everything your mom told you is in fact true -No dessert before dinner -Eat your vegetables -Take human [small] bites -Don't talk with your mouth full -Calories in - calories out = weight gain -Fad or restricted diets don't work at maintenance; 40/30/30 rule still applies -Don't eat when stressed or bored -Sedentary work means increasing metabolism early in the morning or evening, something our parents didn't worry about -You are in charge of your own health...don't blame others or the health care system.
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