…and my Anti-Inflammatory Diet is in the books. But the source of my inflammation is not.
Extensive Blood Tests provide some clues that I am eager to pursue, but I am getting ahead of myself.
First let me tell you about the blood test. Do I know how to captivate an audience? You know I do. This isn’t just about sticking a needle in my arm and making me cry. It’s about taking more blood than Count Dracula on Halloween night.
Seriously, it was more interesting than any simple blood test I have had performed in the past at my G.P.’s office. When I get blood drawn there it is typically two vials. This time I had seven vials drawn. And each vial was a pint (OK, I made that part up).
When my G.P. does blood work, they look at about a half-dozen biomarkers, including blood sugar, and cholesterol. But this was a comprehensive test that included 66 things. Another thing that was different from what I usually experience was the population I was being compared to.
Normal lab tests include a lot of sick people who skew the averages. Imagine if you had a skin condition. Who would you want to use as your benchmark for clear skin, a healthy person, or a population that included eczema, acne and psoriasis? By using a healthy population sample, you eliminate outliers suffering from chronic or debilitating conditions and your results may be more meaningful.
So was it worth my time and effort to do this diet for six weeks? Well, there was no smoking gun in regards to a specific food or category of food as the source of my inflammation. But I know the result were based upon a clean diet and we now know that the source of my inflammation is not likely food.
The beauty of such a comprehensive battery of tests is that marker A, K, and Z may all point to a suspected malady, and marker D, F and L are inversely related. So you begin to see a pattern in some of these results that would not be visible with the simple test often done in the G.P.’s office. So what is the source of my inflammation? Well there are several possibilities, so we’re still not certain, but there are several maladies that are being actively addressed for improved health.
Blood Sugar: I was stunned that I am suffering from hypergylycemia. Why? Because I don’t eat any refined carbs or sugar. But if you’ve read my recent blogs about Paleo
Death Desserts then you have a clue what I am dealing with. Sugar isn’t always white powder. Sometimes it’s disguised as wholesome fruit, or Paleo treats.
My 12-hour fasting Glucose reading should be 85-99 mg/dl. My reading doesn’t seem to be that far off the mark at 103. So one may think it is a minor issue. After all, this reading is based upon short-term food consumption. And that attitude would be valid if that was my norm. But let’s take a look at the average of my long-term food consumption? My Hemoglobin A1c should be at 4.8-5.6% and I am off the chart again at 5.9%. The A1c reading is a blood sugar average, based upon the past twelve weeks.
There is a chart that coverts the A1c reading to what one’s average daily glucose reading would look like. For me, my 5.9% A1c translates to an average Glucose reading of 126!! Holy smokes! This is clearly more dramatic than being off by two or three points. If you are just looking at your daily numbers as a snapshot in time, it is like getting your blood pressure checked once a year. You aren’t really getting any valid insight into your health, you are only aware of what your body was doing at that moment. You must monitor these things on an ongoing basis to understanding trends to determine if there is any cause for concern.
So I am abstaining from desserts for the next thirty days and monitoring my blood sugar after overnight fasting during that time, to see if I can pull myself back into the normal range. In addition, I will be taking Glysen Synergy twice a day. Glysen-Synergy may be effective because it helps with insulin receptor site sensitivity and intercellular signaling alterations. Decreasing insulin receptor sensitivity is part of Type II and Type III (brain insulin receptor problems) Diabetes. I am curious about how these next few weeks may impact my Blood Sugar readings. I’ll keep you posted.
In Part 2 of this series I will discuss how dropping acid might be good for what ails you.