Charlie was 47 years old when she came to seem me and having had breast cancer, was taking medication which induced a forced menopause. Since then, she didn’t feel herself, struggled with motivation, had brain fog and wanted to lose weight. Her blood pressure and cholesterol were high, and she suffered from reflux.
We started Charlie on a food plan to support cardio-metabolic health, and I helped her learn what a healthy diet for her looks like.
When considering cardio-vascular disease risk, there are important markers to measure that aren’t included in standard testing available through Medicare, and we so ran an in-depth cholesterol panel, and identified there was a significant cardio-vascular disease risk. The testing found inflammation, elevated homocysteine, and abnormal LDL particle size.
Whilst Charlie continued to work with her cardiologist, we focussed on the impact of her diet and lifestyle on her cholesterol. She also started on supplements to improve her cholesterol results (she wanted to avoid Statins).
After a couple of months we retested and saw improvements in cholesterol markers. Her cardiologist was very happy and was no longer recommending Statins. There was some low grade inflammation in her body which we deduced may have been due to the medication she was taking for breast cancer (as after evaluation, we didn’t identify any other source). I recommended that she also take a supplement to reduce this inflammation.
Charlie is now also feeling more herself, and energised and her brain fog has cleared. Her eating habits and relationship with food have greatly improved, and she now enjoys taking care of herself.
This case shows that it’s important to look at the nuances when considering the results of standard testing such as high cholesterol to determine how much of a risk factor it is. Charlie also combined working with myself with her conventional medical practitioners e.g. the cardiologist which provides an effective care-team.