I am home and tired! When I got home, there was a letter waiting for me about my blood work. Last week I went for my routine checkup with my doctor. He has me do regular blood work while I am doing Medifast to make sure things are looking good. Over the past year, I haven't done Medifast regularly; instead, I spent months on a Primal/Paleo eating plan, then tried just counting calories but eating more healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil. Of course, my exercise plummeted due to foot pain. I got to see the results of all of this in my blood work this time. Here are some numbers, compared to my blood work numbers in November 2007 (I weighed in the 250's and had been trying to eat healthy via calorie counting for 3 months) and in May 2010 when I was a couple months into Medifast.
First, fasting glucose, which checks for diabetes. The 'normal' range for this test is 65-99. If you hit 100, that indicates pre-diabetes.
Oh.... that made me really sad. I totally went backwards on this, even though I weigh a lot less than I did in 2007. Also I read a study that fasting glucose over 85 adds to risk of heart attack. I've also read that 74 is close to ideal. Apparently exercise and cutting carbs are the best ways to bring this back down.
Total cholesterol (under 200 is desired):
Yikes. Another bump in the wrong direction. Too many eggs? Too much fat overall? I have cut back recently to keeping it under 30%, but last summer and fall was eating 45-60% of calories from "healthy" fats.
Triglycerides (under 150 is desired):
Wow! How on earth? I have no idea...
HDL (over 40 is desired; this is the good cholesterol):
Well *this* is good! Perhaps those healthy fats made a difference? The doctor told me exercise would increase this but until this month I've been very sedentary. Maybe this is where the healthy fats had some benefit.
LDL (under 100 is desired; this is the bad cholesterol):
Oh, ugh. Another disappointing result. This is too high.
He also ordered a TSH thyroid function test, which I also had a little over a year ago. Normal range is 0.45 - 5.10 so this came back fine.
I also had a complete blood count and a comprehensive metabolic panel, both of which looked perfect.
I have not talked to my doctor yet about the results, but I think if I continue with a max of 30% fat and increasing exercise, I will be able to bring my LDL and total cholesterol back down again.
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