I just got my blood tests back, after being pretty strict paleo for about 45 days. I went off a low dose statin (5mg Crestor) about 5 days before the tests, at my doctors suggestion.
Bloodwork (which I'm really OK with) TC was 129, now is 187 HDL was 47, now is 70 <-- (I was a vegetarian for years, and this number never got above 47) LDL was 59, now is 98 Tri was 51, now is 39
Here's the issue (note that I've multiplied Canadian mmol/l numbers by 39 to get US numbers mg/dl) Fasting glucose was 195, now is 215
These numbers seem high. I'm not diabetic (have been tested several times).
Assuming I've multiplied these numbers OK (the warnings in Canada start at FBS > 5.5mmol/l, which is where I'm at now).
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on April 03, 2012
at 11:31 PM
Those fasting numbers are very high (technically, any fasting number higher than 120 is in the diabetic range). A normal/healthy fasting BG level is 83 mg/dL or lower (despite what the diabetes associations and medical industry wants you to believe -- they advocate much higher "normal" numbers).
I had a similar problem in the past; although I had been following a fairly strict paleo diet, and my postprandial BG levels were optimal (< 120 mg/dL), my fasting morning BG levels were generally in the 100 - 125 mg/dL range, which is in the prediabetic/borderline-diabetic range. I took the following actions:
~ switched from eating 3 meals per day, to only 1 or 2 ~ avoided eating after ~7 pm ~ began taking R-lipoic acid every day, which is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to lower BG levels. ~ cut alcohol, grains and legumes out of my diet completely (previously, I had included them occasionally)
After 3 months of doing the above, I re-tested my morning fasting levels, and they were now 65 mg/dL! I took several duplicate readings to confirm that this wasn't a fluke reading, and they were all in this same 60s-to-low-70s range. Best of all, I've since found that even if I reintroduce alcohol and/or sweets into my diet, my morning fasting BG levels are still in this 60s-70s range; I've experienced a permanent level of healing, as a result of those few months of strict paleo adherence.
Good for you for getting off the pharmaceuticals! Try to avoid them like the plague. I have a relative on several medications, whose BG levels can get as high as 700-800 mg/dL, due to side effects of the drugs. One of the best paths to optimal health is to avoid the medical-pharmaceutical industry.
Here's a useful link about what healthy blood glucose levels are (note: levels over 140 mg/dL cause permanent organ damage): http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php
on April 03, 2012
at 08:22 PM
fasting number is very high (US, right?)- A1C is a better test to see how the last 10 weeks or so have been, Morning fasting is not a good test but one that insurance companies pay for and Doctors use first and lazy doctors stop at.
The GGT, glucose tolerance test, is much better but takes a morning to do and cost a bit more. good luck but the number is high.