When I was pregnant for the first of 3 I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes after badly failing the glucose tolerance test. Within a week I was on insulin shots. (I have no family history of type I or type II diabetes, I'm caucasian, was underweight when I got pregnant and was only 32 ->no risk factors) I was told that since I was insulin dependant that there was a 50% chance that I would become a Type II diabetic within 5 years. That was 7 years ago. I had gestational diabetes for my other two pregnancies but was diet controlled because by that time I had learned what worked for me and what did not. Since then I have kept an eye on my blood sugars. Just over a year ago I felt terrible. I had a list of complaints longer than my arm. I felt like crap. I went paleo December of 2010. Within two weeks most of those issues had resolved. I was sold. I went lower and lower carb and lost nearly 30 lbs. I am guessing that I am usually under 30 carbs a day although I haven't figured it out in a while. I am at my goal weight right now. I am female, 40yo, 5' 3.5" and 103 lbs. The body fat scale says I am skinny fat at 20%BF (yes I know those scales can be inaccurate but the number is the same when I do the measurements). I don't excersise other than just being a busy mom of 3 young kids. I just had my yearly physical and had my cholesterol run but we forgot to add a HbA1c to the mix but I wasn't concerned enough to go back and have it done. It was 4.9% last year before going low carb so it shouldn't be a problem, right? I am pretty strict with my diet because I find I quickly feel like shit if I eat poorly. So I would say I am 95% on target. My lab values were as follows: Total: 227 LDL calculated: 170 HDL: 47 TG: 44 Vitamin D level: 76 (I supplement) STSH: 1.57
I was a bit freaked out at that high LDL and the DR called me back to her office to "counsel" me on it. I suppose I could get a VAP but I figured those LDL are probably the large fluffy type since I have no family history of heart disease and my TG/HDL ratio is great. Am I wrong? Should I be worried? Anyway so this brings me to my bigger concern. About a month ago I was out to dinner with my family and instead of having salad like I usually do I decided to throw caution to the wind and I had GF pizza. It was awesome. However less than an hour later I felt like I was dying. I know my blood sugar was high, real high but I didn't have my meter with me. I felt like I was surrounded in molasses, every step was an effort, my thinking was foggy, brain dead actually, lethargic, thirsty etc. It sucked. It took the rest of the afternoon to recover. Then earlier this week I was out with the kids. I picked up pizza for them. I was starving so ate the left overs which was only 3 very small slices of very thin crust pizza. About an hour and a half later I noticed that I was really thirsty so checked my blood sugar. It was 181!!! Even more concerning to me was that other than the thirst I was asymptomatic. So how high was it last month when I felt like I was dying??!! I checked my fasting BS this morning and it was a stunning 96. I am flipped out. Am I now diabetic?
I feel great when I eat well. The only other concern I have is with hair loss. It is coming out by the hand full and it is looking thin now. Is that a result of a LC diet? Should I be getting my thyroid checked out? I know that the TSH I had done tells me almost nothing.
So my concern is this. Has my low carb diet caused a carb intolerance? Is the low carb diet messing with my thyroid causing hair loss? I feel like I may need to up my carbs to stop from going bald but if I increase my carbs are my blood sugars going to soar? Rock and hard place situation here.
I would greatly appreciate any insight you brilliant people could offer me! Thanks so much.