After more than a year of eating a lower-carb, high fat and protein diet, I got a regular blood panel as part of my annual physical. And while I’m probably not going to post the report PDF that I got via email, I will quote the summary that came in the email.
- Your blood glucose (sugar) and electrolytes are normal, and your kidney function tests are all perfect.
- Your screening test for diabetes shows that your hemoglobin A1c (a measure of average blood sugar) is in a healthy range.
- Your lipid panel (a.k.a. cholesterol) results are good. In particular, your triglyceride level is excellent; your HDL (“good cholesterol”) is superb (the higher this number, the better); and your LDL (“bad cholesterol”) is in safe territory. (Considering your low risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, we’re happy with any LDL under 160.) Based on these results, you can wait until your next physical exam before getting rechecked.
I guess there’s something to this way of eating, huh?
And what is “this way of eating” about? Well, I’m not as strict as many people, but I do avoid processed foods as much as possible (including most wheat products) and try to eat locally grown/raised whole foods as much as possible. I skip the sugar and sweet stuff as much as possible (the only exception being fresh fruits).
Of course, feel free to poke around our site and read more about it.
And, in case you forgot, Kathleen had good news on her blood tests too.