More labs, with current (or most recent) results in RED.
This lipid panel was run in October, 4 months ago. My diet was largely unchanged – well, until last week – for at least 6 months, so I’d say this is pretty likely to represent my current state of health. Doc also ran Vitamin D and TSH last week. TSH isn’t bad. Woo hoo! Vitamin D is low despite supplementing between 2000 and 5000 IU daily for the last 5 years. Huh. Interesting. Maybe I need some sun.
Starch Solution Update (Day 6)
Yesterday I said something I’d like to retract. I said this diet is not easy to follow, but actually that’s not true. It’s actually quite easy. I love eating starches and the diet guidelines say to eat until satisfied – no counting anything. I expect it’ll be harder when I try to eat out or at someone’s house. It’s basically a low-fat vegan diet.
From the McDougall website: The McDougall Program Basics
- A diet of plant foods, including whole grains and whole-grain products (such as pasta, tortillas, and whole-grain bread), and a wide assortment of vegetables and fruit.
- Plenty of spices and usually small amounts of sugar and salt to enhance the flavor of food.
- Exercise as simple as a daily walk.
- The exclusion of animal foods, including red meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, and fish – all of which provide toxic levels of fat, cholesterol, protein and, very often, infectious agents and harmful chemicals.
- The exclusion of all oils including olive oil, safflower oil, and corn oil. Oils are nothing more than liquid fats that increase obesity, which in turn, depresses immune function and contributes to the most common chronic diseases.
My Comprehensive Metabolic Panel from last week. Current labs are in RED.
The most obvious problems: High glucose (non-fasting) and A1C, high BUN, high BUN/Creatinine ratio.
- The A1C is obviously indicative of Type 2 Diabetes.
- The high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and B/C ratio could indicate kidney issues of some kind. I’ve noticed over time that the more meat I eat the higher my BUN is.
- Low potassium – a result of taking hydrochlorathiazide, a diuretic I take for hypertension, combined with my recent lower-carbohydrate eating. Bad combination for retaining potassium especially when I react poorly to (and thus avoid) a lot of high potassium foods.
- High ALT – while not outside the reference range, this is not a healthy ALT level, and it indicates fatty liver to some extent.
I’m on Day 5 of the Starch Solution. It’s not an easy diet to follow – no fat, tons of starch, vegetables and some fruit, no animal products. I check my blood sugar frequently throughout the day to see if all this starch is going to put me in a diabetic coma. I have eaten high carb diets before, but never with an A1C of over 7. Yesterday – Day 4 – I checked and a few times throughout the day my blood sugar was over 250. I took a deep breath and pushed forward. Today my highest reading was 204 – most often it was closer to 150. Improvement!
I’m eating a lot of rice (white and brown), corn, refried beans, split pea soup, tortillas, seaweed, apples, spinach, cucumbers, and – when I get hungry – bread. Grains FTW! I am hungry more often because my overall calorie intake has probably dropped. At this point my weight is stable at 208.8. My energy and mood are good.
Where to start.
I have decided to stop eating meat. For a while at least. Maybe forever. I had some labs done last week and my kidneys are not happy. I’ve been trying to eat low fat and low carb (newsflash: can’t really be done) because I have been determined to get my blood sugar under control. Honestly, I have been on the fence, unwilling to commit to either low-fat or low carb. Low fat means higher carb = blood sugar spike. Low carb = feeling like crap. Blood sugar spike…feeling like crap…blood sugar spike…feeling like crap. I have been undecided LITERALLY since the last time I wrote on this blog over a month ago.
I finally gave up and decided to just go with mainstream medicine. Get a mainstream doc – the one at the clinic down the street – and throw myself on their mercy. Poke me, drug me, whatever. Just help me. I gave up. Went to a doc and got some labs done. My kidney labs are terrible (BUN of 29 and BUN/Creatinine ratio of 45, with a reference range of 7-25). My HgAIC is 7.21 (>6.4 is diabetes). I’m not getting better, I’m not staying the same. My condition is worsening.
A year ago I followed a low-fat plan that resulted in a return to normal blood sugars. I’ve decided to do that again, only completely eliminate meat. What the hell, let’s eliminate all animal products and really give my kidneys a break. Reduce protein, maximize starch. I googled it and hey…this has a name. Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution.
I’m on day 4 of this program. It’s not terrible. Dr. M. says that all Type 2 Diabetes is curable. Great! I’m in! It’s a high-starch vegan diet. No animals. No added fat (and not much non-added fat). Starch, vegetables, fruits.
It all feels complicated right now. I want to share my labs. I want to tell you how much I don’t like my new doctor. I really just don’t have time. One day I will.