Hello everyone, I just had my blood taken today 01/11/2013, for a follow-up appointment with my General Practitioner on 01/14/2013. I was hoping you could hack my blood results. This is the first time I've posted any blood results on here before. I am a 25 year old female, and have been Paleo since November 2012.
Is anything too low? Is anything too high?
If anything falls under the aforementioned two questions, what can I do to improve my results and fix any problems?
This is all new to me. I am very interested in becoming more educated and improving my health. All advice and information is welcome. Thank you for your time.
BASIC METABOLIC PANEL
Glucose- 74 mg/dl (74-106)
BUN- 15 mg/dl (7.0-25)
Creatinine- 0.9 mg/dl (0.76-1.46)
GFR Female >60 -
GFR AA Female >60 -
GFR Normal Range - >60 ml/min/1.73m2
Bun/Crea Ratio- 16.7 (12.0-20.0)
Sodium- 140 mEq/l (135-146)
Potassium- 4.3 mEq/l (3.5-5.1)
Chloride- 106 mEq/l (98-110)
Total CO2- 26 mmol/L (21-33)
Calcium- 8.8 mg/dl (8.6-10.5)
Cholesterol- 195 mg/dl (0-200)
Triglycerides- 58 mg/dl (0-150)
HDL- 46 mg/dl (40-70)
LDL- 137 mg/dl H (0-100)
CHOL/HDL Ratio- 4.2 H (0-3.1)
NOTE: I've been Paleo since November 2012. I started Crossfit in November as well, and beginning this month I started Crossfitting 4-5 times a week.
From what I can see, my LDL count is very high, my Cholesterol is high, and my CHOL/HDL ratio is very high. What do you think? What can I do to fix this?
ADDED: Is there any dietary changes I can make? For instance, eliminating or adding a certain food to help my HDL and LDL?
UPDATE: I had my doctor's apointment yesterday, she said my LDL and HDL should actually be measured off of these numbers:
Apparently, the ranges provided on the form are wrong.
Additionally, when she took my blood pressure, it was 104/74.
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on January 12, 2013
at 04:23 AM
I don't know too much about some of what you listed, so I'll just comment on the things I feel like I know something about.
According to your profile, you've been gradually making changes since August but a little more strict since November. I don't know what your numbers were pre-Paleo, but if you had something to compare these to, just for your own knowledge, that would be good. If not, no big deal. Looks like you're doing really well right now!
- Your triglycerides are great. Good work!
- Fasting glucose is spot-on. (The thing to remember is, how your body reacts to actual meals might be more important than your fasting level. Meaning, how quickly does your blood glucose go back to baseline/fasting level after a meal -- specifically, a meal that contains some carbohydrate. Theoretically, a meal that's mostly meat, fat, & very low carb vegetables would raise your glucose only a little.) I am definitely not encouraging you to get anal about numbers here, but if you really want to learn how your body's working, it wouldn't hurt to buy a cheap glucometer and test an hour and then two hours after meals now and then. (Not necessary to do every day unless you're diabetic...it's just a useful tool that will show you how your body reacts to different foods. You can get meters at any ol' drugstore these days...CVS, Walgreens, etc.)
- Your cholesterol is NOT high. 195 is fine.
- Your total/HDL ratio is high, yes, but that's more a result of your HDL being low than your total being high. Exercise and saturated fat are good ways to raise HDL. Saturated fat can also raise LDL, but that's not a big deal, since the rise in HDL keeps that in check.
There's so much more to the cholesterol & LDL story than we can cover easily here. Bottom line: LDL tells you almost nothing unless you go for one of the more advanced tests that breaks down particle count and size. The measurement you gave here is the amount of cholesterol inside your LDL particles. Research these days seems to indicate that that is basically a nearly useless number. What's more important is the size of the particles and the total # of particles. (Think of a traffic jam: what's important is the # of cars on the road, not the # of passengers in each car, know what I mean?)
If you really want to learn the nitty gritty about cholesterol, Peter Attia has a fantasic series. It gets a little deep into the biochemistry. That's a jackpot for me, but I'm not sure how interested you are in that. It might make you run screaming in the other direction. If you can power through it though, he does a very good job of explaining which numbers might be important and why, and why just knowing very basic info about your total cholesterol and LDL are practically meaningless.
on January 12, 2013
at 06:11 AM
I'm disapointed that these blood tests do not include CRP or hs-CRP levels. To me this is probably the most important reading in a blood test as it shows the amount of inflammation is going on inside our bodies. And inflammation is main cause to most diseases including heart attacks & cancer. I highly suggest requesting this test next time anyone goes in for a blood test.>>>> Here is what CRP tests show;
"A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is a blood test that measures the amount of a protein called C-reactive protein in your blood. C-reactive protein measures general levels of inflammation in your body.
High levels of CRP are caused by infections and many long-term diseases. But a CRP test cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it. Other tests are needed to find the cause and location of the inflammation.
Why It Is Done
A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is done to:
Check for infection after surgery. CRP levels normally rise within 2 to 6 hours of surgery and then go down by the third day after surgery. If CRP levels stay elevated 3 days after surgery, an infection may be present. Identify and keep track of infections and diseases that cause inflammation, such as: Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma). Diseases of the immune system, such as lupus. Painful swelling of the blood vessels in the head and neck (giant cell arteritis). Painful swelling of the tissues that line the joints (rheumatoid arthritis). Swelling and bleeding of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease). Infection of a bone (osteomyelitis). Check to see how well treatment is working, such as treatment for cancer or for an infection. CRP levels go up quickly and then become normal quickly if you are responding to treatment measures. A special type of CRP test, the high-sensitivity CRP test (hs-CRP), may be done to find out if you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a heart attack. Inflammation can damage the inner lining of the arteries and make having a heart attack more likely. But the connection between high CRP levels and heart attack risk is not very well-understood."--courtesy of WebMD.
on January 12, 2013
at 06:07 AM
One additional consideration.
LDL is not measured. For people with TG > 100 the equation is not bad. Below 100 it is inaccurate. If you google LDL equation low triglycerides, you an find your real LDL.
on January 12, 2013
at 05:51 AM
Excellent FBG. Good BUN and no protein overload issue seen in many low-carbers. Creatinine is a bit high for age but serum cr isn't really that accurate anyway; you need 24H urine test for accuracy. Most doc's don't bother if your GFR is above >60. That doesn't mean your GFR is normal at 60, just that that's the minimum hurdle to clear. You're around 80 based on your 0.9.
Unremarkable serum minerals.
Your HDL accounts for 24% of TC. That translates to a TC / HDL ratio of 4.2x. Higher than the 3.5x upper limit but isn't too bad. You can get there by increasing your HDL through exercise.
Your trigs are low enough. Plus they don't lower your TC incrementally. The Trigs / HDL ratio of 1.3x is great. Tells you no sign of insulin resistance and not too much much inflammation. Notice, if you bring HDL up, that ratio would go down even further.
Your LDL of 136 is directional based on your HDL and trigs. Again you can improve by bringing your HDL above 60 and accounting for 30% of TC. That's the only thing to "fix" in your lipid profile. And if you do bring HDL above 60, you will be above 200 TC. You should explain to whoever says your TC needs lowering saying HDL moved your TC above 200.
on January 12, 2013
at 05:44 AM
If you want to know more about your cholesterol there is a VAP test at www.lef.org that you can order (I did). In general, when you improve your thyroid you improve your cholesterol. So look into what improves your thyroid. Your TSH should be 2.0 or less (if TSH >=2.0, then your cholesterol can be lowered by improving your thyroid, for instance by making sure you get enough zinc, iodine, selenium, tyrosine, methylB12, etc that it requires to make thyroxin). But for HDL why not just take Omega-3 fish oil pills? I do not know if this is paleo. I do not follow paleo. But I know omega-3 will immediately and benefically raise your HDL. I take it for my allergies. www.lef.org has many articles on fixing your cholesterol.