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Blood work back - but fasting Glucose is high?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2012 at 8:08 PM

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).

Any analysis?

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on April 04, 2012
at 03:25 AM

mmol x 18 = mg/dl for glucose, x 39 for chol and x 89 for trigs.

De787530dd6cf65e2cd03ada9f4cd214

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on April 03, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Ah, got it. That's good news for the OP!

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on April 03, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Kaitlin, I think he just converted his Canadian numbers incorrectly--he was trying to make it easier for us. If, as he said, his fbg is 5.5 it converts to 100.

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on April 03, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Here's a link to a calculator: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/blood-sugar-converter.html

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 03, 2012
at 08:22 PM

For me, too-few carbs produce higher fasting bg and higher post-prandial spikes. I've found 80-100g carbs "resets" my fbg to 85 and moderates the spikes.

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on April 03, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I believe 5.5 converts to 100. There are many free converting calculators online.

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De787530dd6cf65e2cd03ada9f4cd214

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

De787530dd6cf65e2cd03ada9f4cd214

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on April 03, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Ah, got it. That's good news for the OP!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 03, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Kaitlin, I think he just converted his Canadian numbers incorrectly--he was trying to make it easier for us. If, as he said, his fbg is 5.5 it converts to 100.

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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.

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on April 03, 2012
at 11:23 PM

yeah i think you made a typo, otherwise you'd be a diabetic right

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