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.