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#1 waijai

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:33 AM

Having eaten Paleo for almost 1.5 years, I thought it'd be a good idea to get checked out.  Just had an extensive blood panel done w/ New Leaf Health & Wellness, and it pointed out some key items I was surprised at.  The functional values are a more specific set of values to view against the normal reference values that your Primary Care Physician would use.

 

I'm surprisingly low on magnesium, even though I supplement with ZMA.  I also have some hints at leaky gut and slight issues with my thyroid as well as some dehydration.  Ferritin levels are very high too.

 

The plan is to cut out all dairy for 30 days to see if I'm having an autoimmune response to the whey protein/butter/cheese that I consume.  Also going lower carb and cutting out rice, since it's so easy for me to overeat rice.

 

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:50 AM

I know there are a lot of different looks at paleo but don't most paleos not eat rice or dairy?

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

Correct. Strict paleo is no dairy and grains. 



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:35 AM

I'm surprisingly low on magnesium, even though I supplement with ZMA.  I also have some hints at leaky gut and slight issues with my thyroid as well as some dehydration.  Ferritin levels are very high too.

I love that you posted confidential medical history here :P

 

That said - how much alcohol do you drink in a week? 


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:52 AM

White rice is just a simple starch with no anti-nutrients in it.  I'd lump it together with sweet potatoes as okay.  I view paleo to be a framework of guidelines which can be modified depending on your reactivity to certain foods and activity level.  

 

Dairy apparently is something I may be reactive too, some people can tolerate it.  I may be able to get away with ghee, but we'll see how my labs look in 30 days.

 

I drink zero alcohol.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 12:49 PM

White rice is just a simple starch with no anti-nutrients in it.  I'd lump it together with sweet potatoes as okay.  I view paleo to be a framework of guidelines which can be modified depending on your reactivity to certain foods and activity level.  

Agreed. I think it very much has to be modified to suit each individual. I also eat a lot of jasmine rice.

 

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:46 PM

It's interesting to note that 10 of my yellow/red values would have scored "in range" with a conventional doctor.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:21 PM

I think I should go there and get my blood work done again because yours is a LOT more detailed and I like their parameters. Looks like they're fairly centrally located off of Midway and 635.

 

Time to find my results and compare them to yours since I had mine done with a conventional doctor. 



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:02 PM

I wonder if I could make this chart look like a can of red paint was spilled on it.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:25 PM

I definitely could.

 

I'd probably get one green one.

 

the glucose level would be so low it would be black and have skull and crossbones on it.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:54 PM

I think I should go there and get my blood work done again because yours is a LOT more detailed and I like their parameters. Looks like they're fairly centrally located off of Midway and 635.

 

Time to find my results and compare them to yours since I had mine done with a conventional doctor. 

 

My insurance didn't cover, so I paid out of pocket.  They'll check to see which is the best option for you.  Quest Diagnostics charges their office like $150 for the blood work, and they don't upcharge you for the tests.  The new patient consultation was a couple hundred.

They did "prescribe" the supplements to me, which was a hundred something bucks, so don't be surprised if the blood work, consultation, and supplements cost over $400.  Just talk to Kensley, the guy at the front desk to get an idea of what it'll cost.  Fortunately for me I have a big chunk of money in my HSA account from work.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:00 AM

My company will pay me $125 to have a Biometric screening done (at no cost to me) so I did it this morning. They actually setup camp in our large meeting room for people to come in.

 

Super weak. I want to go where you did for a real analysis.

 

Anyway, today I learned:

  • I am only 6'1"
  • I have a 36" waist
  • I am overweight
  • I have chronically elevated blood pressure

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:40 AM

That blood pressure!  Did you get a fasted blood test done for those cholesterol levels?



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:43 AM

I bought a blood glucose monitor last night, and I'm starting to check how my insulin is responding to meals.  

 

Last night I had a 16oz sugary Vietnamese smoothie after dinner and my blood sugar was still 126 two hours post meal.

 

This morning, 1 hour after breakfast, my blood sugar was 79.  

 

I hope to fix this slight insulin sensitivity noted on the report by eating lower carb, which I have been.  



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

This mornings breakfast served on top of a plate of sauteed cabbage.

 

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:47 AM

I'm 6' ... 31" waist ... 172'ish pounds.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 10:00 AM

That blood pressure!  Did you get a fasted blood test done for those cholesterol levels?

Yeah, I do not feel like that was a great representation of my blood pressure so I am going to have it checked periodically to see what's going on and see if I need to make major changes.

 

I ate an early dinner the night before and had it done at 10 am with only water up to that point.

 

I'm 6' ... 31" waist ... 172'ish pounds.

I measured and it appears I really am 6'1 1/2" (I have honestly always thought I was an inch taller) and I actually have a 34" waist. She measured very loosely over my clothes to get 36".



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:57 AM

I also had some blood work done a few months back, but never posted up the results.  Nothing really special here.  Which I suppose is good, since I eat an average of 6lbs of red meat, a gallon of whole milk, and 20 hard boiled eggs weekly.

 

 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

Went back earlier this week after getting my Ferritin levels checked again.  Ferritin is still elevated, which means there is something causing inflammation.  My digestion is WAY better compared to 30 days ago.  Best and easiest poops ever.

 

Doc suspects a low level infection or possible fungus/parasite/candida in the GI tract.  Taking a round of Berberine HCL and a liquid tumeric supplement.  Will check back in another 30 days to see if my Ferritin is back down.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:23 PM

Went back earlier this week after getting my Ferritin levels checked again.  Ferritin is still elevated, which means there is something causing inflammation.  My digestion is WAY better compared to 30 days ago.  Best and easiest poops ever.

 

Doc suspects a low level infection or possible fungus/parasite/candida in the GI tract.  Taking a round of Berberine HCL and a liquid tumeric supplement.  Will check back in another 30 days to see if my Ferritin is back down.

just out of curiosity, what did this cost you? I've been looking into getting my levels checked as i've been on a nutrition plan for building muscle since the first week of march. Just thought i should go in and see if I am deficient in anything like magnesium or anything else.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:25 AM

The first round of blood work with new patient consultation was around $300.  Second blood test was only testing the Ferritin with office visit was in the neighborhood of $150.  Supplements were an additional cost on top of those costs.  Pretty much everyone is deficient in Magnesium.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

The first round of blood work with new patient consultation was around $300.  Second blood test was only testing the Ferritin with office visit was in the neighborhood of $150.  Supplements were an additional cost on top of those costs.  Pretty much everyone is deficient in Magnesium.

yea i was reading an article that most of our food these days they remove the magnesium from them purposely. the processed foods at least. i still eat a lot of almonds, they are in my multis, and i'm thinking about taking actual Magnesium suppliments as well since it is such a good nutrient.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:46 AM

After two additional blood checks for ferritin, the numbers kept creeping up.  This last time ferritin was in the 500 range.  The doc checked C-Reactive protein levels for inflammation and it came back very low at 0.3, so it doesn't seem to be inflammation.  Also had total iron, binding capacity iron, and % saturation iron checked and levels seem to be normal

 

Might have a case of genetic hemachromatosis, which would require another genetic blood test to confirm.  In the mean time, I donated some blood to get those ferritin levels down.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

2nd round of blood work came in.  Lots of markers drifted into the green range that were previously red/yellow.

 

Good:

1. Insulin improved.

2. Insulin resistance improved

3. Digestion improved from Globulin and A/G ratio (leaky gut)

4. Magnesium improved

5. Dehydration improved

6. T4 thyroid marker improved

7. Ferritin levels down from the blood donation

 

Bad:

1. Cholesterol and LDL creeping up

2. BUN and Creatinine elevated

3. Calcium slightly low

4. T3 thyroid marker still low

 

I think the cholesterol can be addressed by balancing out my Omega3/Omega6 ratio.  I stopped taking a fish oil supplement for a while and hardly eat cold water fish.  Kidney function is a little off from the BUN, although I think my elevated creatinine is just from muscle mass.  Next steps are to check ferritin levels the day before my next blood donation, and then a week after to see if it drops to acceptable levels.

 

Also had my testosterone levels checked, and they're right in the middle of the ranges, although the doc wants to see it in the top third of the range.  I've got some homeopathic drops to help with the kidneys and testosterone, and I will finish off my "GI restore" for the leaky gut.

 

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