Both of my parents are on Synthroid, but AFAIK I don't exhibit any real hypothyroid symptoms. I'm rarely cold and have never had an issue with body fat levels (though I've never been below 8% by my estimates). I do have prehypertensive blood pressure (135/85) and have had it since I was 19 (pre-paleo - I started the paleo diet about 7 months ago). Measuring at home or at the doctor's office yields the same readings. The cause of my BP has never been determined. Most doctors just blow it off and say it's not a worry (I disagree).
Weekly workout schedule includes 3 days cardio or HIIT and 3 days of heavy, lower rep (usually 5x5 or similar) work in the big lifts (deadlift, squat, etc.). I eat at least 3500 calories a day, guessing 100-200g of carbs. Lots of fish, either sardines or salmon (.5-1 lb/day) and some grass-fed meat (.5-1 lb/day), 1 lb+ of veggies (spinach, etc.), a fruit or two. Drink 1-2 glasses of red wine a few times a week for the cardiovascular effects. Strict paleo, little to no dairy/legumes, no veggie oils, etc etc.
My HDL also seems pretty low considering that I consume a considerable amount of saturated fat from coconut (40-50g/day I would guess). Unfortunately these tests weren't so comprehensive as to include LDL and trigs - I'm going to really bug my doctor to get trigs/LDL. He kinda blew it off when I asked for it before this test.
I don't have pre-paleo blood test results available, unfortunately. However, I do know I was tested for hypothyroidism sometime in high school because of high TSH levels. No thyroid abnormalities were shown, though, and T3/T4 were fine (don't know the exact values). Ultrasound on the thyroid was normal.
My WBC has been low on every test I've ever taken, sick or healthy.
Any help or guidance from you guys is appreciated. I've always wondered about some sort of renal cause for the BP (and the high BUN further raises my suspicions), but I've never really pushed a doctor to investigate it.
*Measured* *Reference range* CHOLESTEROL [H] 254 mg/dL <200 HDL-CHOLESTEROL 65 mg/dL >40 TSH 4.00 uIU/mL 0.40-4.50 GLUCOSE 93.0 mg/dL 70.0-99.0 BUN [H] 30 mg/dL 7-25 CREATININE 1.2 mg/dL 0.7-1.3 GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE 79.7 Reference Range eGFR is greater than or equal to 60 ml/min/1.73 *If a patient is African-American, multiply result by 1.210 SODIUM 139.0 mEq/L 135.0-145.0 POTASSIUM 4.3 mEq/L 3.5-5.1 CHLORIDE 103.0 mEq/L 98.0-107.0 BICARBONATE 28.0 mEq/L 21.0-31.0 ANION GAP 12.3 mEq/L 10.0-20.0 CALCIUM 9.7 mg/dL 8.6-10.2 TOTAL PROTEIN 7.6 g/dL 6.2-8.3 ALBUMIN 4.9 g/dL 4.2-5.5 GLOBULIN 2.7 g/dL 2.1-3.9 ALBUMIN/GLOBULIN RATIO 1.8 1.0-2.1 ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 69 U/L 34-104 ALANINE AMINOTRASFERASE 33.0 U/L 7.0-52.0 ASPARTATE AMINOTRANSFERASE 36.0 U/L 13.0-39.0 TOTAL BILIRUBIN 0.5 mg/dL 0.3-1.2 DIRECT BILIRUBIN 0.10 mg/dL <1.81 25 OH VITAMIN D TOTAL 41 ng/mL 30-100 WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT [L] 3.3 Thousand/uL 3.8-10.8 RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 4.93 Million/uL 4.20-5.80 HEMOGLOBIN 15.3 g/dL 13.2-17.1 HEMATOCRIT 43.9 % 38.5-50.0
asked bySilverspeed (860)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on February 05, 2012
at 01:32 PM
Hi. You're looking fit. Can't give medical advice on the Internet, but labs look fine. Keep an eye on the blood pressure over time, you've probably got the hypertension gene. HDL is good. BUN is high because you eat a huge amount of protein. A TSH of 4 without symptoms of hypothyroidism is probably fine, but I would keep an eye on it. Despite what you read on the Internet diet is not the cause and solution to every health problem.
- Taking a Vitamin D supplement.
- Increasing carbohydrate (reducing protein), which might help your thyroid function.
on February 05, 2012
at 09:18 PM
things and metabolism slow when thyroid and adrenal function are low. for maximal longevity, fertility and mental function, optimal function is mndatory. obviously you realize and are aware. you appear fine physically (ok subjectively naturally you appear totally HAWWWT) but the biochem is suboptimal.
-- the thyroid and adrenals are finishing recovery from autoimmune depression from grains and the SADalt="temp_alt"
SCARY! from the recent Time mag
-- modern toxins cause immune suppression and cellular insulin resistance (perfluorinated chemicals like Teflon, PCBs, flame retardants, plastics, heavy metals, omega6 seed/veg oils, etc)
Solutions you want to consider for the maximal functioning for biohacking because unfortunately paleo alone isnt enough
-- get the liver happier. clear the visceral fat. the liver is the prime regulator of our health and P450 detox/metabolism pathway for food and toxin and hormone activation as well as proper elimination
-- replenish all nutrients depleted by overbudened detox pathways, sluggish thyroids/adrenals and the damage wrought by the SAD and possible in utero damage by a mom damaged the same way
-- consider magnesium (malate, taurorate, glycinate, citrate) for lowering BP and to replenish what has been lost. its the most common deficiency leading to insulin resistance, endocrine disruption and stiff arteries. read the below link