My mother has been following the fructose free plan for 2 months. Previously her cholesterol was up around 8 (dangerous with high levels of LDL), despite her being very slim. She limited fat but ate a great deal of sugar to compensate. She has reversed this pattern as per the book and her last cholesterol reading was 5.9, the drop coming from a decreased LDL. She has only ever been as low as 5.5 and that was while taking statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) and these damaged her liver.
She is a complete convert and is pretty radical about telling the rest of the family! Who can blame her? The cholesterol issue has been huge for her for a long time.
I don't have a cholesterol problem but I have been following the guidelines for weight loss and appetite regulation. I have been able to respond to hunger signals better, alas, I have not lost any weight. I have slipped a little but am determined to stick with it, even if it is for the amazing health benefits and not weight loss- let's face it - what is more important (sometimes I lose sight of that!!)?
In sugar-free health
John Kenyon wrote: I dont have a weight problem (thank you ancestors) but my cholesterol has been too high for a long time. I got it down to about 6.4 then went sugar free for two months after reding the "Book". It went up to 6.7. Either I am still getting too much sugar somewhere or the link to sugar (fructose) is not so direct? Any suggestions welcome.
It would be interesting to check the values of your LDL v HDL. My understanding is that fructose affects the LDL (''bad'') cholesterol while good oils increase the good HDL cholesterol. The overall cholesterol reading does not give you the full picture and I understand that it is the ratio that most doctors are concerned with.
Good point Kirsty ... the studies say that we should expect a fructophobe's LDL to decrease, but their HDL to increase ... and the LDL/HDL ratio to improve.
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