|10-14-2011, 11:41 AM||#1|
Junior LCF Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Stats: 170/128/feeling good!
WOE: "modified diabetes diet" (ie I make it up)
Start Date: ~1999
Bloodwork-results ? (cholesterol panel/ insulin)
I'm wondering what a "normal" blood workup looks like for low-carbers. I am extremely carb-sensitive (which is what started me down the low carb road many years ago), and have a variety of health probs that I am still trying to figure out. Some of them (extreme fatigue, most definitely!) are much better on my low-carb diet, but I still get shaky when fasting or even hungry, etc.
So, anyway, what does bloodwork look like for the lowcarbers? I had some recent tests done. I requested that they test my cholesterol levels because in the past, they have been really low; still are. I don't know what that means, as very little research is done on *low*, but my question is whether that has to do with lower energy reserves when I don't eat; and my insulin was really low, so maybe I'm actually hypersensitive to insulin? Can't find mention of significance/level of *low* insulin... I'm afraid to have a GTT done because even a few cookies knocks me out, let alone a whole concentrated drink! Anyway:
cholesterol 144 (n= "125-200", tho wiki says <160 is hypocholesteremia)
HDL 73 (n>46)
Chol/HDL 2 (n<5)
LDL 61 (n<130)
triclycerides 52 (n<150)
fasting insulin <2 (n<17)
I do NOT limit my fat intake.
Thanks for thoughts.
|10-14-2011, 12:03 PM||#2|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Stats: 20/12/10 5'10"
Start Date: restart 1/03/11
Funny I should read this today as I just got back blood tests results back in the mail. I have been serious lowcarbing for about 7 years, faithfully since January of this year and here are my numbers and figures from my Dr.:
T. Cholestrol = 149 (should be less than 200)
Triglyceride = 41 (should be less than 150)
HDL Chol = 58 (should be greater than 40)
LDL Chol = 83 (should be less than 100)
So, what I'm doing must be right!
|10-15-2011, 02:09 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Orange County, CA
Stats: 355/181.0/155 169.4 VFT!
WOE: Weight loss surgery (VSG) + Low Carb + Exercise
Start Date: 1998; Restart May 2007 @355; WLS March 2010
I've read over and over that low triglycerides throw off the LDL count.
My fasting insulin used to be in the 30s and because insulin never fell low enough for fat to be used, absolutely NOTHING allowed me to lose weight even though I was still close to 300lbs. That is why I had WLS. Now my fasting insulin is around 6. Which is normal.
Fasting insulin under 2 is normal and should be counted as a blessing. If you are concerned you can request a 2 hr GTT with insulin levels drawn along with the glucose levels. This will show if your body is producing insulin when it should (which if you are fasting, it shouldn't be doing much).
Cholesterol under 170 is linked to cancer. But then again, if the low trigs throw off the count, it might not actually be that low.
Exercise helps both cholesterol levels (to go UP if low) and insulin levels.
10 sizes lost, 1 or 2 to go!
See my weight loss progress on youtube!
my youtube channel for my post-op weight loss surgery (VSG) journey
Last edited by Maryposa; 10-15-2011 at 02:11 AM..
|10-15-2011, 08:37 AM||#4|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bellingham, WA
Start Date: 1/7/11
Honestly, your ratio looks great. What does your fasting glucose look like? Is it possible you are hypoglycemic? Like you said, so little research has been done on low lipid values, so it's impossible to say that your low cholesterol/insulin causes your fatigue. In addition, I don't know what types of medication you take, if any, but certain medicines can cause the symptoms you are describing. Having low insulin levels would make you (I'm assuming) a fat burning machine because you are producing so little and insulin is a fat storage chemical. I also have no idea what you eat in a day. You say you are eating a 'modified' diabetes diet. What does that mean? Maybe you could post a little more information about all of this?
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~ "Current"-185lbs (April, 2013)
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