I have unusual hormone issues. I have a prolactinoma (so high prolactin levels) and I'm overweight. Been paleo/primal for two years, including all during a very healthy pregnancy at age 49 last year. Was 50 lbs overweight before pregnancy, IVF hormones and meds didn't let my first 6 mo of paleo allow any weight loss. Once I became pregnant, weight came off. Baby was perfectly healthy and I lost 20 lbs DURING pregnancy, meaning after baby, placenta, fluids were out, I was down 40 lbs. immediately started gaining again and breast feeding did not work. Before pregnancy was exercising but now haven't got back into it yet. My diet is no grains, pastured eggs, grass fed meat, pastured chicken, coconut oil and berry smoothies, dark chocolate, raw milk, raw kefir, butter, veggies and a little fruit - stone fruit and berries.
I am on supplemental bio identical estrogen, and synthroid. I get migraines often, from weather changes or if I eat out and there was any MSG, or hormonal changes (which is why I am on estrogen, to keep levels steady, also my estrogen was low.)
Whyyyy did my fat effortlessly drip off while pregnant, and now it's all coming back? If anything my diet was worse because my OB was freaked that I was losing so much weight while pregnant, and I was not sick, so he had me up my calories so I had ice cream all the time in the third trimester. Still lost weight.
So I had all my labs done, and my "natural" doc wants to me visit a cardiologist, you know how it goes, they don't like the high cholesterol. Please please please hack them according to truth and not scare and CYA like she is doing.
Total cholesterol 297
LDL-c direct 136
Non Hal-c calculated 177
Apo B 108
Apo A1 218
Apo B:API A-1 ratio calculated 0.49
Lp(a) mass 8
AsperinWorks (urine) (pg/mg of creatinine) 2634
Free fatty acid 0.42
Estimated average glucose 111.2
25-hydroxy-vitamin D 95
Hs-omega-3 index 8.5
Omega 3 total 11.3%
Alpha linolenic 0.4%
Omega 6 total 32.8%
Cis-monounsaturated total 14.1%
Saturated total 41.1%
Trans total 0.7%
Any comments, suggestions, anything gratefully welcomed. If anyone thinks I need to see a cardiologist, do you know a paleo friendly one in the L.A. / OC area??
asked byNancy_3 (218)
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on July 20, 2012
at 12:42 AM
Its like everything was tested but your thyroid. Why is that I wonder, given you are on thyroid hrt! There most definitely could be a low thyroid contribution here.
What is your Free T3, Free T4 and TSH. Also, its important for anyone with hypo-thyroid to know if they have the autoimmune form of the thyroid disease (Hashimoto's)
on July 19, 2012
at 11:30 PM
I'll tell you...I am a firm believer that pregnancy really does things to your body other than make some areas squishier than they used to be. I mean permanently changes your chemistry. I'm not a doctor, and I have not studied this, but have listened to many, many of my female friends and acquaintances talk about how different they are post baby.
on July 19, 2012
at 11:16 PM
Some people lose weight nursing, some people gain weight, I'm not sure why that is.
The things that come to mind are stress and sleep deprivation. Both of which can cause significant weight gain.
on July 20, 2012
at 07:31 PM
Your D level is slightly on the high end & may be impacting your sleep, which could be impacting your fat loss. Ideal range for hormonal balance is 60-80 ng/ml.
You may do better on supplemental bioidentical Progesterone instead of estrogen, which is an estrogen precursor (so your body can use it to make estrogen) & Prgesterone is often low post-partum. Progesterone is high in pregnancy.
Read Dr. John Lee's site for more info.