Thursday, April 26, 2012
I visited my endocrinologist today and got some really great numbers :) my total cholesterol and LDL are still incredibly low, but my "good cholesterol" has gone up to 48 :) yay! (I will keep working to get it higher!) Also my triglycerides are down to 84 ( they were 130 in December, so yay!). My HA1C is completely normal and I no longer have pre-diabetes--HIGH FIVE! But she is keeping me on metformin for now since it seems to be helping me. Oh, and my blood pressure ? 112/70 BOOYAH! I am one healthy fat person :p
Gluten-stuff: she was INCREDIBLY sympathetic towards my self-diagnosed celiac disease. She told me that 2 of her other patients had it (one tested negative on the antibody blood test), and both of them felt incredibly better after going gluten free.... Lost weight, had better blood sugar control, and both no longer needed thyroid meds after going gluten free. Wow! So yeah, obese people can be celiacs too, and the more I learn about my medical history, the more I realize that I have probably been gluten intolerant since at least age
4 (before I was even overweight my mom tells me I complained of stomach pain all the time and my abdomen was always distended, making me look pregnant. I actually remember being teased because of it as early as kindergarten... Yet back then no one knew what celiac disease was, so my pediatrician said I was "fine")
My doctor also said that she was not surprised that I suffered from fibromyalgia-type pains while eating gluten... She suspects that the majority of celiac patients are misdiagnosed with everything from irritable bowel to fibromyalgia to anxiety to anemia and thyroid disorders. Food allergies are not well understood or well researched (because let's be honest, the drug companies cannot make money off of a gluten-free diet). Wow, it was incredibly reassuring to hear her say these things... She confirmed my suspicions about my muscle pain and anxiety bring gluten-related....
Now I embark on a new phase of my life: experiencing everything for the first time without debilitating auto-immune symptoms.... I am so grateful for being able to figure this out in my 20s and not having to wait any longer to realize that I can be living a better life.
Here's to my new gluten-free life :) and may my body weight soon catch up to my incredibly healthy blood work numbers! (although honestly, these healthy numbers mean A LOT more to me ... It just goes to show you can greatly change your health even if you are "morbidly obese"! That being said, I do intend to keep losing weight--at whatever pace my body feels comfortable).
Life is good.