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    I'm new to the forum. My quick story is that June 1st 2012 I decided to kick off an experiment with a very low-carb diet (I heard about it on the TWiT.tv podcast "Security Now").
    At that stage I was almost 27y/o, 185cm and 123.5kg. Turns out the experiment worked, because today - a full year later, I'm still eating very low-carb, with an eye to adding a paleo/primal twist into it. I'm now at 82.4kg (that's a loss of 41kg!) 4 months ago I kicked off Intermittent Fasting, and began eating only 1 meal per day (dinner). And this is real one-meal-per-day, unlike those "cram your face full during a 4 hour period", I literally eat only dinner. The only other thing I put in my mouth outside of dinner time is lots of water.
    So after a year, and only having my objective metrics (body weight, body measurements) and subjective metrics (amount of energy, lack of cravings, feeling of wellness) I thought it time to get a blood test. I've done just that and have a copy of the results - but now I don't know how to go about interpreting them. Other than my doctor stating "your cholesterol is literally the best I have ever seen in Australia" - he didn't really go into much detail other than advising I'm now a picture of health, and then confusing me by saying that although I now had great health, I should start eating bread and other carbohydrates every day, three meals a day - to keep my insulin in check (of all things - right!!!?)

    So, I'm more than happy to post up my results here, or anywhere that someone can help me read into them and work towards improving whatever needs improving, through diet and lifestyle.

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    Post your results. Be sure to include the reference range in parenthesis next to your readings--that helps a lot. Put up as many of them as you can. Post previous readings and a date if you have them too. A lot of what you are looking for is long-term trends.

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    • #3
      I've never had a blood test before, so I have nothing for comparison unfortunately. Here's my results.
      Health - Blood Test 130603.pdf
      MEREDITH, Blood Test 130603 - Copy.jpg
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      Last edited by dislegal; 06-06-2013, 03:49 PM. Reason: Changed image upload to display better.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dislegal View Post
        Other than my doctor stating "your cholesterol is literally the best I have ever seen in Australia" - he didn't really go into much detail other than advising I'm now a picture of health, and then confusing me by saying that although I now had great health, I should start eating bread and other carbohydrates every day, three meals a day - to keep my insulin in check (of all things - right!!!?)
        Yeah, multiple logic fails on the part of your doctor there.
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

        Griff's cholesterol primer
        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
        bloodorchid is always right

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        • #5
          Maybe this attachment will be easier to view than the image. Health - Blood Test 130603.pdf

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          • #6
            We'll get back to you tommorrow, when those attachments get approved.
            Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

            Griff's cholesterol primer
            5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
            Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
            TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
            bloodorchid is always right

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            • #7
              How long do attachments usually take to get approved?

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              • #8
                Any takers on this thread? I could really use a point in the right direction, at least where I should start looking to learn more about my results...

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                • #9
                  I don't understand why you need help interpreting these, if youre actually after a pat on the back for a job well done I'll give you one because they are mainly 99.9% excellent.
                  The 2 highlighted areas
                  lymphocytosis; you may have had a mild infection such as a cold in the previous 4 weeks. ignore
                  Potassium; is too high, remove or at least halve your supplements. you don't want it any higher
                  other than this minor K issue its perfect
                  When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                  27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
                  new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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                  • #10
                    I don't understand why you need help interpreting these, if youre actually after a pat on the back for a job well done I'll give you one because they are mainly 99.9% excellent.
                    Thanks for the 'virtual pat on the back' then CarbDodger. As I don't have any metrics from when I was 40kg+ heavier, I obviously can't see any trends, and have nothing for comparison. I was actually hoping the doc would go into more detail with me, but he seemed uninterested. I guess I'm a little bit stuck because I'm at the starting point where I don't even know what some of the abbreviations mean (e.g. Hb, RCC, Basos, etc.)
                    I guess what I'm asking is, is there a good resource that anyone knows of that I can read up on the different tests that are carried out when a blood test is done? Like a starting point for me? Or am I better off just waiting it out for 6 months, getting another test and comparing my results at that point?

                    lymphocytosis; you may have had a mild infection such as a cold in the previous 4 weeks. ignore
                    Potassium; is too high, remove or at least halve your supplements. you don't want it any higher
                    Regarding the Lymphocytosis - yes I had a cold/flu and a minor gum infection within the month before my blood test.

                    And for the Potassium - I take zero supplements, so do you have other advice for the best way to lower my potassium through diet? (Currently eating VLC, keeping it as primal/palao as I can, with only cream/butter as dairy, eating one meal per day as I have for the last 4 months, and now started 48-hour-fasting once per week).
                    Any advice is appreciated

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                    • #11
                      that K is actually quite high for vlc with no supplements.
                      are you eating lots of fish, spinach, avocado, high K foods? (K is an abbreviation for potassium)
                      looking again at your blood profile your sodium, chloride, bicarb and urate were also towards the top of the scale, nowhere near worrisome levels but with the high K are enough to indicate you were probably a bit dehydrated before the blood test. drink a bit more water when fasting although don't drink gallons!- you're probably used to fasting now and don't drink as much as you don't need to use water to quell hunger.
                      If you take minor dehydration as a factor everything is pretty perfect
                      When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                      27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
                      new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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                      • #12
                        Not eating a heap of those foods you mentioned, and also surprised if I was dehydrated before the blood test. Generally I'm drinking 3-4 litres of water spread out across the day.
                        Thanks for your input so far

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                        • #13
                          Everybody's TSH is better than mine. There really needs to be a crying face smiley icon.

                          My journal

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                          • #14
                            Here are some basic descriptions of what the things mean on a CBC.

                            http://www.lef.org/pdf/2010_Blood_Test_CBC.pdf
                            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Jammies!

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