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1 Year Paleo Anniversary Blood Labs - Whaddya Think?

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Created August 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Hey all. Though I've been dabbling in paleo for years, I buckled down and went fairly strict about a year ago. I eat LC (<50g) with lots of meat and fat. Just got these numbers back from Dr. Interested-But-Skeptical today. Any feedback would be appreciated. Also...keep in mind, I have active ankylosing spondylitis, which shows up in a few of the results below.

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on August 15, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Might borrow a glucometer and check that out - thanks!

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on August 15, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Yes. Usually quite bagged at the end of the work day. Am trying the Vit C and some iron supplementation to see if my energy improves.

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on August 12, 2011
at 08:54 PM

I'm low on the Hgb as well (missed that abbreviation), so agree we are looking at same indicators. Riveted, you ever experience anything you might associate with "fatigue"? Did your skeptical doc say anything about your CBC results?

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I was looking more at Hgb, but I imagine it's part and parcel of the same thing. We're all likely getting plenty of dietary iron as it is, so vitamin C is a far more fruitful path.

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Travis, I presume your comment re: anemia is due to the low RBC? As an otherwise healthy 35 year old male, I am not "borderline." I am anemic and have been for a couple of years. I've heard of increasing Vit C helps iron absorption, but if a person isn't iron deficient, are you aware that getting extra Vit C helps the RBC count? Thanks.

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on August 12, 2011
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We don't really know what 'perfect' cholesterol is, or if that's even a possibility. But if we ever confirm that there is such a thing, 87 HDL to 237 total is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of what we find to be ideal. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins so I am definitely not envious of you or anything.

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Cholesterol converted using 38.7 factor: 237 total, 144 LDL, 87 HDL. Nice HDL and 2.7 ratio is good also. If you were old and obese you might worry a little about the LDL. A1C also looks good.

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I think it's sad that my mind can't wrap itself around the difference of the numbers with the metric system. I know the report gives us a range, but it's like they don't even make sense to me. I know. Product of American public schools, thank you.

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Thanks! Hopefully fixed...

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on August 12, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I agree, you might be becoming vitamin c deficient. B12 is quite low also for paleo.

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:41 PM

It all looks good, though you appear to be borderline anemic. Consider upping your vitamin C intake. I agree with Paul Jaminet that TSH should be under 1, so consider adding in kelp and a source of selenium.

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I was looking more at Hgb, but I imagine it's part and parcel of the same thing. We're all likely getting plenty of dietary iron as it is, so vitamin C is a far more fruitful path.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on August 12, 2011
at 08:54 PM

I'm low on the Hgb as well (missed that abbreviation), so agree we are looking at same indicators. Riveted, you ever experience anything you might associate with "fatigue"? Did your skeptical doc say anything about your CBC results?

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on August 12, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Travis, I presume your comment re: anemia is due to the low RBC? As an otherwise healthy 35 year old male, I am not "borderline." I am anemic and have been for a couple of years. I've heard of increasing Vit C helps iron absorption, but if a person isn't iron deficient, are you aware that getting extra Vit C helps the RBC count? Thanks.

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on August 15, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Yes. Usually quite bagged at the end of the work day. Am trying the Vit C and some iron supplementation to see if my energy improves.

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:22 PM

We don't really know what 'perfect' cholesterol is, or if that's even a possibility. But if we ever confirm that there is such a thing, 87 HDL to 237 total is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of what we would find to be ideal. 200-240 with HDL above 70 seems to be the general consensus at this time.

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins so I am definitely not envious of you or anything.

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on August 12, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Your inflammation marker (Sed Rate) is elevated. I would get that retested or measure other infalmmation markers (CRP, Interleukin 6, TNF-A, etc.) or ANA test to see if you have autoimmunity. You have Ankylosing Spondylitis? Were you in the middle of an attack? Are you taking TNF-A blockers?

Your trigs are only 16? If my conversion is correct, your cortisol seems to be low-normal. Also, your FBG is excellent while your A1c is good, not excellent. You don't have insulin resistance but I would be curious to see what kind of post-prandial readings you get after your biggest meal (1 and 2 hours after). Wait, this could be due to your Hemoglobin, if they have long lives compared to the normal 3-month turnover. That could explain your A1c of "only" 5.4.

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on August 15, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Might borrow a glucometer and check that out - thanks!

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