first, let me say, thanks for the wonderful feedback!
now to comment on your comments:
1. i eat a lot of fruit and veggies with vitamin C: pink grapefruits in season, berries of all kinds all year longall, clementines in season, fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice on fish, in water, etc every day, etc etc. but also i take 1000 mg Ester C as well. couldn't handle plain C, too acidic for my stomach, but Ester C is good stuff!
and take magnesium supplement too. and btw, thanks for that excellent info on Magnesium the other day.
2. as for the Ca, it could also get deposited into our arteries. and artery and heart disease run in my family along with the diabetes. thus have dropped back on how much Ca i take at any given time. and take the Ca and Mg together to be doubly careful. still i don't get too cocky about it.
3. milk thistle. hadn't started it yet. first tried vit E. not good enough. ALT was getting better, then gained wait and it went back up. so threw alpha lipoid acid into the mix in april. was taking the racemic mixture but ordered the R enantiomer and will take that. then will test again. but if i need to add in milk thistle too, i will.
on reason i held off on it is that my aunt was allergic to it and i was afraid i would be too. but today the rheumy said if you are, you might try just the active ingredient. brilliant! i think i've seen that sold. and more likely that the allergen is something else in the milk thistle.
so, waiting to see what alpha lipoid acid does for me, but prepared to take milk thistle or the active component of it, if needed.
4. the last test was 25 OH vit D but think i've had both done? not sure. but for me, since my liver is fatty, that seems like the most obvious problem. and even if not, have to address it anyway. its fatty, don't want to end up with cirrhosis like grand mom and aunt. i know my liver is fatty, so that's what i'll work on first, and see how that goes.
5. not prone to cavities.
6. have a small gallbladder polyp, but don't think its causing problems. it gets monitored by US every year. and hasn't grown. no symptoms i can tell either.
7. this is what i know about non alcoholic fatty liver:
first, what i know from biochemistry class: glucose (and other sugars) feel into glycolysis. when things work correctly, glucose converted to ultimately to pyruvate which goes into the citric acid cycle, producing NADH, which feeds into oxidative phosphorylation.
so, what happens when there is too much glucose or other sugar (from simple sugars and from complex carbs (polymer of glucose)) (or when one is insulin resistant and can't utilize the glucose in the cells) is that excess glucose goes to making excess pyruvate which makes excess acetylCoA which funnels to making excess fatty acids (in the liver) (Cori cycle).
now, what i know about my family:
a. diabetes runs in my family
b. i have "prediabetes" / insulin resistance
as determined by my shape (weight in the middle)
fasting glucose in the pre diabetes range til i do something then falls into the 90s
glucose intolerance (upon testing)
high triglycerides unless on very low carb diet
high LDLs, low HDLs (though working on it)
borderline high BP
c. my grandmother died from cirrhosis of the liver
my aunt had cirrhosis when shed was 50s.
thus, it runs in the family from the mech described above.
d. B12 high
e. vit D low
thus, taken all together, it all paints one picture. i read in a book somewhere that often a bunch of symptoms come back to a common cause. and here, it all makes so much sense .
thus, gotta lose weight. lost ~1.5 lbs in 1.5 months. so ~1 lb a month. its the best i can do. slow and steady wins.........