I didn’t get everything tested – just the basics, which is what I could afford right now. Here they are, with the current results in RED.
|Alkaline Phosphatase, S||63||64||70||62||IU/L||25-150|
|T. Chol/HDL Ratio||4.1||5.3||6.3||6.0||HIGH||0.0-4.4|
|Estimated CHD Risk (Tot. Chol/HDL)||1.4||1.8||HIGH||0.0-1.0|
|Vitamin D||34.2||67 (on 11/11/13)||ng/mL||32-100|
|Free Thyroxine Index||2.5||2.2||2.0||1.7||1.2-4.9|
|T4, Free (Direct)||1.04||0.97||ng/dL||0.82-1.77|
|Thyroid Peroxidase TPO Ab||10||8||IU/mL||0-34|
The first two columns (3/27/12 and 11/14/12) are when I was eating low carb with about 5% of my diet being carbohydrates for the first, and 10-15% for the second. The third column (9/6/13) I was floundering around, trying on various diets/lifestyles. At that time, about 20% of my diet was carbohydrate. In November I started paying attention to Ray Peat and I increased my carbohydrate consumption to 40-50%, most in the form of simple sugars/fruit. My blood sugars started soaring though, so a few weeks later I switched from simple sugars to starches and cut the quantity down to about 30%, while increasing protein.
So how am I doing?
Blood sugar – fasting glucose is high (but not over 126), HbA1C is not ideal, but is not in the diabetic range, and fasting insulin is high. These factors suggest to me that I am more likely VERY insulin resistant, but not necessarily diabetic yet. The fact that my body is still pumping out that much insulin is a good thing. My pancreas isn’t dead yet. I’m certainly very close to type 2 diabetes, if I’m not there yet…and I know I need to take this very seriously.
Thyroid – I was hoping eating carbs would help thyroid function. However, if TSH is a reliable marker (and Ray Peat says it is) it looks like I did best with some carbs but not many. Of course my triglycerides were happiest with none, but you can’t please everyone.
Lipids – OMG, I’m so about to die of a heart attack. Triglycerides absolutely not going in the right direction…HDL was highest on low carb, LDL a bit better now than it was last winter but still not good. I have been taking very small doses of T3 every day (6mcg), but that clearly isn’t enough to have an impact on cholesterol. Will have to increase it.
Other – That CO2 number is terrible. What happened there?
My ability to interpret labs is limited – please feel free to add your interpretation in the comments.
And in other news, I’ve decided my gut is completely torn up from 2 rounds of antibiotics this year, and that’s why I’m having trouble tolerating the potato starch. I’ve decided I’m going to mix it with all kinds of junk and make it into BIONIC FIBER. (<– Imagine I said really loud with an echo.) I’m on day 3 of probiotics. I’m going to fix my gut biome, dammit! But most importantly, I have baseline data for my Resistant Starch Experiment.