Hi! I'm a 29-year-old female with a 3/4 status. At 5'6", I weigh ~120 pounds, and am pretty healthy overall.
I have had some questionable glucose results on two occasions (2014 = 106 and 2015 = 101, with an HbA1c of 5.3% in 2014; note that I was often binge eating one to two times a week back then because I had crazy fast metabolism and could eat insane amounts of calories while not gaining a pound - I was actually underweight from doing so much cardio), but have been back in the 90s ever since. I'm not sure if the 106 and 101 were flukes, as I heard a few clinical individuals at my employer (which offers free biometric screenings) say Quest Diagnostics also provided them or their spouse with pre-diabetic results that were not totally accurate. My cholesterol from a few screenings is as follows:
2018: TC = 159, triglycerides = 48, HDL = 77, LDL = 68
2017: TC = 211, triglycerides = 65, HDL = 96, LDL = 102
2016: TC = 222, triglycerides = 49, HDL = 113, LDL = 99
2015: TC = 189, triglycerides = 53, HDL = 88, LDL = 90
2014: TC = 169, triglycerides = 58, HDL = 83, LDL = 74
2013: TC = 179, triglycerides = 60, HDL = 89, LDL = 78
EDIT: Sara brought up a great point - exercise and meditation. To confirm, I'm all about both! Also, I do drink wine or gin and club soda once or twice a week.
I have been reading about Alzheimer's prevention and it appears that this forum as well as some other sites have only been referencing keto as an option for the last two years. The truth is that I am extremely opposed to the keto diet for myself (I am 100% fine with someone else making the personal decision to follow the diet, of course) for several reasons, including: I recently moved on after years of significant health anxiety (linked to a major nervous breakdown that lead to a visit to Johns Hopkins) and do not wish to adhere to such a strict regimen, I do not want to become obsessive over what I eat again (I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive tendencies multiple times in the past and have had to work incredibly hard to overcome them), I relish the idea of following something so strict when my odds of getting Alzheimer's by 85 are not more than 30% (based on a 3/4 status - I understand the exact percentage varies based on other genes, lifestyle factors, etc.), I don't want to go through the keto flu or breath or rash whenever I mess up and am thrown out of ketosis, and many, many more reasons. I work in the health industry and almost my entire life is about health as it is. Honestly, the idea of keto is simply highly distressing to me.
I am fine with removing whole grain bread, quinoa, etc., from my diet, and only eating 1/2 cup of oats a few times a week in my oatmeal (I seriously don't want to give up oats). Other than natural dark chocolate (over 70%), I barely even consume added sugar. However, the idea of full-blown keto for the rest of my life makes me feel miserable. I already watch every single ingredient in literally everything I eat, and again - health is a huge part of my life. Is keto truly the only option people feel comfortable with? If so, that just feels so limiting, especially since my chances of getting Alzheimer's by 85 aren't a done deal.
I've also seen some sites that reference a 50% chance of a 3/4 white female getting Alzheimer's by 85, but again, most sites say it's no more than 30% unless you have specific genes or lifestyle factors that we may not be aware of just yet. Has anyone else seen the 50%? I have trouble believing it.
Ultimately, after years of chaos, I do not want this to become another obsession of mine. I want to have a positive attitude, but also don't want to go down a strict path that doesn't appeal to me when I'm a 3/4.
Last edited by Emerald
on Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:25 pm, edited 6 times in total.