Barb, you bet your sweet patootie your doc is right. I've seen so many news reports on the Nat'l tv stations about heart disease and diabetes and blood pressure all improving in those that go on the Atkins diet. Our problem is that we eat the wrong foods and we are making ourselves sicker all the time. We should only be eating WHOLE,FRESH foods. I was laid up for almost a year and a half with herniated discs and felt so angry and sorry for myself that I ate chocoalte and doughnuts and cake non-stop. I gained alot of weight. I got back on Atkins May 9th and in 2 months lost 24 lbs. When I was younger I lost the weight alot faster, but I was also more active back then. Along with the weight loss, my head cleared up, my triglycerides went from 143 to 95 and I'm down 3 dress sizes at least. I feel much better. I have 10 more pounds to go, but am going to take it easy from here on out. I've added fruit to my diet, so will lose the weight slower, but that's fine with me because I got the BULK of my fat OFF! The beauty of the Atkins diet is that you lose your appetite and cravings and that makes it easy to stick with it til you shed the lbs!