Ok, back to having only one blog. And all is right with the world.
I have many things on my mind today. Most importantly, numbers. Labs. I wanted to get a lipid panel done because I think I’m at a unique time in my life where my stress level is unusually low. I’m working part time from home (like, 10-15 hours per week) and I’m a mom to a preschooler, but aside from that my stress is gone. For the first time in my adult life I’m not working full time or pursuing a degree. I get to spend 4 days a week doing nothing but playing with a 3-year old. And the other 3 days I do a job from my living room that I actually enjoy.
Stress had a significant impact on my thyroid labs, sending my rT3 into orbit last November. I was wondering if stress was also having an impact on my cholesterol, triglycerides, and c-reactive protein (hs-CRP). If you’ll remember, my hs-CRP was ridiculously high back then. It was over 8, whereas a “normal” or acceptable reading is less than 3. What does that mean? It means my body is inflamed. And that I’m at high risk for heart disease.
Well I got some lab results today.
Check it out:
|Uric Acid, Serum||5.9||5.2||5.4||mg/dL||2.5-7.1|
|Protein, Total, Serum||6.8||6.9||7.2||g/dL||6.0-8.5|
|Alkaline Phosphatase, S||63||64||70||IU/L||25-150|
|VLDL Cholesterol Cal||41||58||mg/dL||HIGH||5-40|
|LDL Cholesterol Calc||147||200||169||mg/dL||HIGH||0-99|
|T. Chol/HDL Ratio||4.1||5.3||6.3||HIGH||0.0-4.4|
|Estimated CHD Risk (Tot. Chol/HDL)||1.4||1.8||HIGH||0.0-1.0|
|C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac||8.65||8.12||13.58||mg/L||HIGH||0.00-3.00|
Yeah – check out that hs-CRP now.
Yes…the decimal is in the right place. That says 13.58.
13 point five freaking eight!
Am I on the brink?
(In case I’m speaking in code, that’s really really not good.)
WTF is going on with my body?
Oh and check out those triglycerides. Awesome. That’s eating low carb most (but not all) days. I haven’t been tracking religiously but I can tell you I’ve been gluten free for over a month and I probably take in on average 50 or fewer grams of carbohydrate per day. Those trigs are sky-high! As if I’m living on doughnuts!
What else…HDL is down…not good…and small dense LDL is up….more non-awesomeness.
My metabolism is officially broken.
And did you see that fasting blood glucose? Yes. 117.
Here’s my current FBG (fasting blood glucose) graph, just cuz I love making graphs:
Juicing seems to be maintaining my blood sugar at a high level. Not. Awesome.
So stress does not seem to be playing a significant role. It seems I’m completely fucked…even without the stress!
I’m not giving up though.
I’m determined to hack my physiology and find what works.
Tired now…going to bed.