Two years ago I had chemotherapy and the treatment plan included a daily dose of Prednisilone (a steriod). Shortly have my chemo finished and weaned off the Prednisilone my GP suggested a full bank of blood tests. These reported a borderline high cholesterol level. They suggested statins. Used to doing research in scientific journals I found a paper in the Expert Review of Pharmacology (I believe, if any wants the actual reference I can dig it out) which recorded that an athelete who had taken a steriod, specifically Prednisilone, had elevated chosterol levels. Once they stopped taking the steriod their levels returned to normal.
I am now a week into a following up course of radiotherapy and my GP again ordered a bank of blood tests and contacted me to say that I was borderline diabetic. Although the radiotherapy is not the cause per se but more likely that my exercise regime was curtailed after twisting my knee during a daily walk thtough local woods.
NICE's initial recommendation for both high cholesterol and blood sugar is the same: life-style changes (including exercise) and diet control. Having been advised by the radiography team to forswear spicy food for the duration I looked into other changes that could be made. I had found a couple of online courses discussing the Mediterrean and Okinawan Diets (less red meat, more vegetables, beans, seeds, grains, fruit). Diabetes UK also suggests that a low carb diet can reduce blood sugar levels and for some people cause remission of their diabetes.
A couple of recent articles in the broadsheets alerted me to research into Cancer Related Fatigue and the recommendation of the same lifestyle change of exercise. I am now back to daily walks, too late to affect the blood test results, and booked an appointment with the staff physio at my GP practice to check out my knee to get me back out walking. I'm pacing my return to exercise with a daily one mile walk around my village. I plan to do for the next two months after which I will extend the route to two miles for the following two months only then will I return to my longer walk through those woods eventually to walk my CoVid lockdown five mile route around Spring next year.
All these changes should a) cause my blood sugar to lower, b) reduce my weight which probably exacerabated my knee problem, c) introduce a more varied and supportive diet.
Edited by member 25 Jun 2023 at 12:04
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