i would have to do a LC version of ornish since i am prone to high bg. right now i am pretty much protein and low carb veggies with strict lifestyle habits to deal with sleep issues. i'm getting stricter because of problems with sleep and memory. my a1c was just 5.1, but i would actually like to see if 4.2- 4.6 that dr. bernstein recommends. "Persons with hemoglobin A1c concentrations less than 5% had the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality." http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/15945839.php
also from the link to jenny ruhl's website is information on a snp that is associated with higher heart attack risk which i also have: "A study published in JAMA in November of 2008 found that people with a specific genetic error, a single-nucleotide polymorphism at 9p21 (rs2383206) had a much higher risk of heart disease than people who did not have this gene variant. Not only that, but people who had inherited two defective copies of this gene had twice the risk of those with one copy." also see https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Rs2383206
striving for normal blood sugars also helps in this case. if the data from 23andme is correct, my husband and 2 children have the homozygous protective alleles for the genes also carrying risk alleles as the strongest predictors of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. thanks husband!!!
i also need to work on dealing with stress. if my sleep improves more consistently, this will automatically help with handling stress. my sleep issues exist even in the absence of stress (but of course are exacerbated by it). i may have had a mini-stroke, which is why my doctor had me do a carotid doppler. i believe that the mini-stroke might be related to taking more aleve, which helps me get a better sleep by reducing my hot flashes. i have since learned that aleve has been associated with higher stroke occurrence. i had been taking aleve about 3-4 times a month to reduce a heavy period (which leaves me anemic) with no problems, but i had discovered that aleve would also allow me to get a better sleep if i had hot flashes which occurred anytime during my cycle. the night before i had mini-stroke symptoms (left leg 'fell asleep' with weakness in left arm) i had first taken 5 htp to try to sleep, and when that didn't work, i took an aleve. i had some chest pain that morning in a stressful situation, and then in the afternoon the mini-stoke symptoms. i now have cut back to 2 aleve a month to only deal with times i am losing the most blood. in addition to seeing my family doctor (who advised i start taking a baby aspirin a day), i have an appointment with a neurologist in september (the soonest i could get it cuz i want to see a university-based one) to investigate any kind of cerebrovascular disease. since there is no research pointing to lifestyle changes to prevent frontotemporal lobe dementia (which is my vulnerability), i can at least do something about a vascular cause to my sporadic memory problems/problems understanding speech.