I agree - He is 2! I think the diet sounds balanced, my question is this.. when buying "snack" foods are you buying organic and limiting the amount of foods that have ingredients which are not natural (ie refined sugars, white bleached flour, MSG, etc etc). Big tip...few ingredients generally is better.
For his Cholesterol to be high is unusual given his age but could be genetic I would wait to compare him to the girls. I assume they have eaten the same way as him?? If I were in your shoes I would be frustrated too, feeding little ones can be difficult especially if they have any health issue as Nate! Good luck and keep us posted.. you are doing a wonderful job MOM!!!!
First, I want to punch someone for raising the "high" flag for that A1C. I know it is compared to "normal" peeps...but that alone hurts my feelings! That A1C is freaking AWESOME!! Second, you are doing a wonderful job. I am sure that those results are from heredity...and I'm not just sayin that because I love you.
I get hurt all the time from people that I'm sure don't mean to hurt me. As wonderful as they are, they just don't know that we put 100% into keeping our babies healthy and safe and ALIVE, and the resulting toll that 100% takes on our family. We do our best...must we be pelted for not keeping our children on a perfect organic/whole grain/vegan/diet? We make a conscious effort to make our meals as healthy and balanced as we can. When someone says, "you are not doing enough," it is hurtful because we spend 90% of our day focused souly on our childrens' health.
So I understand why your feelings were hurt, because I know the blood, sweat and tears it took to get that "flag" A1C of 7.3!
Laura, my cholesterol is and has always been a little high . . generally in the 240 range since I was in my 20's when I was a lot lighter and its the same since I am not so light! My doctors have never treated it and are not concerned so maybe it does run in the family. I sent your post to aunt Sharon to get her take on it. That darned elephant in the room crops up yet once again! Don't be too hard on yourself . . .I think you do a good job managing his diabetes . . .What was his cholesterol number at his last exam . . .could it be a fluke this time if it was in the normal range last time? Will be interesting to see what the girls numbers are. I suspect as children, we all had high numbers if it were based on what we ate . . .we had lots of eggs, meat, bacon, breads . . .things that were affordable and tasted good. . .we were from good earthy farm people . . .just my opinion but it kind of goes with the territory of being a kid too. . . Of course I never had a reason to have bloodwork done on you but believe me you ate like a normal kid and now have normal numbers . . . you could have been almost 400 and who would have known . . .My advice which you didn't ask for is to do the best you can and try not to stress . . .Let's 1) See what the girls numbers are and 2) Check the last tests and 3) see what the next tests say . . .Do the best you can!!! love, Mom
Awwww Laura, I want to give you a hug right now! I know you do a wonderful job and I've seen what you guys eat for meals... no different than what any other family eats.
Elise is getting her blood work-up for her next appointment tomorrow. Now I'm nervous about what will appear in the results.
There is some new research showing that those numbers don't mean a DAMN thing...my mother was but on medication for her cholesterol, but just recently her doc performed a new test that actually checks to see if there is any plaque build up. This came back in the low-normal range, so she was taken off her meds for that and is feeling much better. So, for her due to heredity she will have high cholesterol and despite running half marathons and meds it won't change it, however her blood flow is fine so she's fine. I can find out what this test is...but what I am saying is that those labs only show one small picture.
Pat yourself on the back
You and your children have a great diet.
The Cholesterol gets bumped up with a higher than normal A1C. His A1C btw is PHENOMENAL for his age (I would not even dare try to improved on that). Your diet sounds similar to ours... don't beat yourself up and FTLOG don't kill yourself over-hauling the pantry.
Joe just had his labs today. I am hoping they are good to go.
I think you are doing a great job! His diet sounds healthy and balanced and I think his AIC is AMAZING!!!
Both of my girls get their blood work done on a regular basis, although their cholesterol numbers have all been good, their endo had made a comment to me that often she sees little ones with high cholesterol due to eating a lot of "free snacks"...things like, beef jerky, sandwich/deli meats, cheese and other snacks that can raise cholesterol.
A tip that I learned is when getting blood work done, avoid high fat foods that can spike your cholesterol for at least a few days before your test. Sometimes the food we eat a few days before testing can influence the results...at least that's what I've heard.
Like Sarah said...those labs only show one small picture.
I'm so sorry your feelings were hurt, this is not an easy job but we are all doing the best that we can...and in my opinion you are doing a fabulous job!
Laura, those labs look just fine to me, for Nate's age and size! Seriously, his cholesterol may be a bit high and it may be something to worry about when he gets older, but right now, he's still a growing boy and limiting his food intake is just not a great idea when he's still so little! Cholesterol, in my opinion, is not something to worry about with a 2-year-old! It's not like he's heading towards having a heart attack in the next couple of years. And based on what you've typed out, it sounds like he has a very well-balanced, healthy diet!
Big hugs! You're doing an awesome job and he's a happy little boy! That's what really matters!
Uhm, if your diet is poor...we eat like CRAP then. I am all for doing your best, but I also know there is reality. We eat quite a bit of pasta too and whole wheat. And my kids eat fruits and veges like there is nothing else on the planet. However, reality does fit in and there is sweats and sometimes (OMG) fats. You have a healthy balance and I agree with everyone else. If the results come back really bad over and over again and you can't link it to anything BUT the diet, then you can freak out. But you are doing a wonderful job. A wonderful job.
This is my 3rd attempt to post... all these may show up at once... anyway... you are doing a great job... when you're "in the weeds" it's easy to feel like they're over your head sometimes and hard to keep perspective... just breathe... slow deep inhale, slow, slow exhale... and breathe again... and again... you're doing a great job!! I'll email you privately.
One more time... you're doing a great job...
Wow Mrs. Houston! NOW THAT'S A POST! That's what I'm talkin' about on my post. I have like 10 questions right off the bat on this deal!? The whole cholesterol thing I ain't buyin' either. IF there is an issue then it must be explained by non-traditional factors. (Google Reyna's suggestion)Do know that my Endo and about 10 books I've read say that you want to be very careful with the lower A1C on kids...I don't like the higher numbers, but I've seen Ellie go from over 300 to 100 in 45 minutes before...change those numbers a little and things can get real bad real fast. That is what my Endo keeps reminding me of, kids systems are unpredictable and that is an important fact. I still would love to get Ellie to a target of 140 based on my own observations...but I haven't the nerve to challenge our skills that much yet. AND my husband swears by the whole what you eat before the test can have a huge impact on the results. By the way Ellie eats exactly 5 different things at this point in her life...annoying yes, sometimes they eat what they eat and since we are all here on this earth still, it's probably ok to just eat what works! God knows I only ate about 3 things for a long time when I was a kid (none green and leafy!) I'm still breathing!
Repeat after me: We can't control everything! Your family's diet is not out of whack, and you don't have to make any major changes. Just keep nudging in the direction of whole, unrefined foods a little at a time. Check out "Healthy Life" bread; 100% whole grain, no HFCS, only 25 g carb for 2 slices, and as soft as white bread. Kroger brand pasta is 100% whole wheat and the kids like it. Also, check into adding more Omega's to his diet. Shoot me a note if you'd like to see our naturopath's recommendations for T-Bear... You're doing fine, and don't take it personally :) Mo
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