Labs – Part 1

My Comprehensive Metabolic Panel from last week.  Current labs are in RED.

comp met panel

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.

4 thoughts on “Labs – Part 1

  1. john koroloff

    Kaiser Permanente, Portland Oregon has a voluntary wellness program for those willing to make lifestyle changes to improve health. Basically it is following Dr. John McDougall’s Vegetarian/vegan approach and recommendations in his book: “The Starch Solution”. The advice is opposite the high protein, high fat diets touted by other “doctors”. Dr. Michael Greger (“How Not to Die”) also recommends a Vegetarian/vegan diet with advice to supplement with B12. Please continue to report your lab results with following this lifestyle approach. I follow the same dietary recommendations and “intermittently intermittent fast” …. Try to skip breakfast most days giving me a 18-20 fasting (no eat) windows and sporadic 23 hr fasts by eating onlyonce late (large) supper (3-5pm) and my labs (which Kaiser lets me do often and are free) are very good.

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