Fasting blood sugar this morning: 143. Not awesome.
Weight steady for 6 days straight at exactly 207.5.
Still having hot flashes. Is it possible it’s completely unrelated to the niacinamide/aspirin regimen I just started? How could that be when the hot flashes started right after I started taking these supplements 3x a day? Well, to be accurate they started 3 days after I started taking them, exactly when I increased the niacinamide to 250mg 3x/day from 100mg 3x/day. They’re annoying now. I can’t seem to correlate them to anything. They happen in the middle of the night, right before eating, right after eating protein, right after eating sugar, an hour after eating sugar…If this was a stress response related to not enough sugar I think it would be prevented by eating it, right?
I’m starting to feel discouraged.
I started the niacinamide to address my ridiculously high triglyceride level. However, various sources around the web say that niacin (NOT the non-flushing niacinamide) is more effective for this. And apparently both niacin and niacinamide can cause higher blood sugar in diabetics (yup, got that too). I feel like I’m completely fucked! I mean, I’m trying to fix one thing and it’s making the other thing worse…and I’m not even sure it can possibly help the first thing, plus weird hot flashes. WTF IS GOING ON WITH ME?
I haven’t even told you the best part yet. For the last few months I’ve been feeling a sort of pressure under my left ribcage. It had recently been turning into discomfort, and a little bit of pain throughout my upper torso. Research on the web suggested in might be an enlarged spleen, which can signal that other organs (like the liver) are having some kind of problem. That’s why I got labs done a couple weeks ago, including a complete blood count (CBC) – to look for elevated liver enzymes or other indicators that some organ might be struggling or fighting an infection or something. After seeing those triglyceride numbers I was motivated to stop with the starches (again) and started eating a low fat diet – because hell, I’ve tried everything else, right? (Well, and also because Ray Peat suggested it might be a key to lowering my blood sugar.) Well, since I’ve been eating lower fat the pressure under my ribcage has gotten better – it’s not gone, but I’d say 75% improved, and the pain is gone.
I consulted Dr. Google again today, and it turns out high triglycerides can cause inflammation of the pancreas. Definitely when trigs are SUPER high, like over 1000 mg/dL, but who knows – maybe when lower but still high (like me)? Symptoms of pancreatitis: pain/pressure in upper abdomen, radiating to the back, as well as other things like nausea (which I didn’t have). Holy crap – so now my pancreas is about to explode? Recovery from mild pancreatitis involves a low-fat diet (maybe that’s why mine is helping?) and medication to reduce triglycerides. Oh, and stop eating sugar and fat.
I’ve decided to get another fasting lipid panel done tomorrow, to see if I’m on the right track. Our local health department will do it for $20, and you get the results right away….so I’ll be following up on this tomorrow. If things are NOT even a tiny bit improved after abstaining from starches, eating lower fat, and taking niacinamide and aspirin 3x a day, I’ll be seriously reconsidering the path I’m on. I FEEL better with a Ray Peat inspired diet, but if my labs continue to suck I’m going to have to change directions.
Here’s my diet breakdown today:
Carb/Protein ratio and Calcium/phosphorus ratios were short of ideal today, and fat was a little too high.
And did I mention it really pisses me off that niacinamide raises blood sugar!?