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Quarterly bloodwork (crossposted from personal blog)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Had fasting bloodwork done last Monday, and today I went to my doctor to get my results. She and I are both very pleased. My lipid particle number dropped 330 points--from the high range all the way down into the moderate range. *happy dance* The lower this number is, the lower my risk of heart disease. Well, this number and another number, which is being stubborn and won't come down: my small particle number. This number is high. We're going to try krill oil and see if that brings my small particle number down and my large particle number up (the ideal scenario). Yeah, it's fish. Yeah, I eat fish, although the rest of my diet is vegan. I still have to walk the pescatarian line for awhile--seems to be better overall for my health.

My HDL (good cholesterol) went up another two points. The LDL came down, though I don't remember what it was back in March. The other big number drop happened with my triglycerides--it's been creeping up for the last year or so, despite the diet change. This time, it dropped by 40 points! I cut that number by 50%! Total cholesterol is only 131, so I'm really happy with that number.

So, what did I do differently from March to now? I have been making a concerted effort to cut back on gluten. Admittedly, I'm still eating too much sugar, but the gluten reduction seems to have made an impact in my cholesterol numbers. My fasting insulin is holding steady, as is my fasting glucose. My A1c number went up a bit from March, but it's still well below the worrisome range for diabetes. Given how I'm fighting some really bad family medical history, I'm pleased overall with my bloodwork this time around. Still, there's room for improvement.

My doctor did suggest I see a nutritionist, and gave me a pamphlet of a nutritionist her office works with. I think I will either check them out or go through Rex Wellness (I'm using their personal trainer/physical therapist at the moment). I may have gone as far as I can go without outside help.

Other things of note: We doubled my blood pressure med dosage. I've been on the lowest dose for about six months now, and things are fairly steady, but my BP isn't as low as it should be on meds. I'm consistently high normal/bouncing level one hypertension levels. So we'll see if this makes any difference. Guess I'll be taking my BP a lot again. :P

Vitamin D is a bit low, although we both suspect that my digestive issues due to the soy may be stripping my system of some nutrients. So temporarily we upped my dosage back to 50,000 units twice a week. I'm hoping it will be high enough that I can go back to once a week. Obviously I still need to take it. Though I also suspect that my dietary choices of late (i.e. the dairy debacle) may also have contributed to that low number. I'm not quite deficient, but straddling the cutoff, so we're hoping it will rebound by September.

So back for bloodwork in September. Then hopefully I'll be able to go to twice a year for bloodwork. I feel like it's finally getting under control.
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