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Old 06-09-2007, 05:22 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Anyone able to comment about elevated glucose level on a blood test ?

Just had some blood work done as part of a routine physical. ( Posted in this section, as I've been "Fast-5ing" since 2/27/07.) Results were within range except one. Glucose was elevated, a bit higher than the high end of the range. This surprised me ! I had fasted ~11 hours prior to test.

I follow my own version of "paleo", ie; I might have grains 1-2x per month, (out to dinner with family at Chinese, got to have some brown rice, ) dairy 1-2x per week (cottage cheese) and beans 1-2x per month. My usual diet is LOTS of veggies, nuts, berries, fruit and quality fish/chicken, or, rarely, beef/eggs. I eat whole foods and no junk or processed foods, ( aside from the aforementioned cottage cheese.) Never eat candy and might have a bite of cake 1-2x per year at a party. I use quite a bit of stevia, but no other sweetener. I'm 47 y.o., 5'11" 175lbs.

My doctor's assistant called with the results and then faxed them to me. I plan to follow up with the doc., but I know he's reviewed them and he will most likely say everything is great. ( I am WAY atypical to most of his patients. Most are overweight, don't exercise and eat "whatever". To him, with my low BP, low resting HR, etc, I'm in great shape.)

Any insights or direction to resources or links will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

All the best,

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Old 06-09-2007, 07:02 AM   #2
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Ed,
Anything stressful happen that morning before the blood draw?

Any history of high blood sugar?

At this point, considering I'm so new to IF, I'll let the other experts chime in first...
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Old 06-09-2007, 07:39 AM   #3
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Thanks Garrett,

No history of any high blood sugar. I even wondered if this might be an error from the lab (?)

I did have some "eustress" that morning. (That's the "good kind" yes ? )

Because of the exam, I did not have my usual morning rush to work, and I had some time after the exam to stop by my young sons' "field day" at school, (all kinds of fun outdoor games, a treat for end of school year,) that I was really looking forward to.

The glucose level, in light of how I'm living, was one of those "things that make you go hmmmm...."
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Old 06-09-2007, 10:57 AM   #4
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Hi Eddie: What is your HgbA1c?

You don't seem to be a typical IR or overweight Type 2. There is a form of Type 1 called LADA or latent autoimmune diabetes. Do you have any other types of autoimmune problems or in the family?

http://www.diabetesexplained.com/lada.html

I have Type 2 and I've found that a low carb diet, IF and resistance exercise helps me maintain low blood sugars without medication, at least when I don't cheat.

My suggestion would be to get yourself a meter and check AM, before meals and 2hrs after meals to see what kind of numbers you have. I use the Freestyle type of meter where I get a tiny sample from my forearm.

If you want to read more, I think Dr. Bernstein has some very good advice. The way you are eating is already pretty good, but he would say to reduce the more starchy vegetables and eliminate fruit (some of us do eat small amounts of berries).

http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter1.shtml

I even started a topic on Intermittent Fasting on the forum there. Some of the type 1s have been able to drastically reduce their insulin doing IF.

After having said all this, maybe your blood sugar number is a fluke and this is more than you really want to know at this time. But I hope you follow up with some more testing and know for sure.
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:07 PM   #5
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Hi Eddie: Hi Joyce, Thank you for the thoughtful and informative reply. What is your HgbA1c? 5.6 in a normal range of 4.0-6.0

You don't seem to be a typical IR What is "IR" ? or overweight Type 2. I'm not "cut" but I am not "overweight". There is a form of Type 1 called LADA or latent autoimmune diabetes. Do you have any other types of autoimmune problems or in the family? Mom has "mild" lupus. Nothing else that I know of.

http://www.diabetesexplained.com/lada.html

I have Type 2 and I've found that a low carb diet, IF and resistance exercise helps me maintain low blood sugars without medication, at least when I don't cheat.

My suggestion would be to get yourself a meter and check AM, before meals and 2hrs after meals to see what kind of numbers you have. I use the Freestyle type of meter where I get a tiny sample from my forearm. Doing IF, 2 hours after meals I'm either asleep or it's late. Are late blood draws after a single, long, large meal good to provide the info sought ?

If you want to read more, I think Dr. Bernstein has some very good advice. The way you are eating is already pretty good, but he would say to reduce the more starchy vegetables and eliminate fruit (some of us do eat small amounts of berries).

http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter1.shtml

I eat so "clean" already. The thought of limiting what you've noted...

I even started a topic on Intermittent Fasting on the forum there. Some of the type 1s have been able to drastically reduce their insulin doing IF.

After having said all this, maybe your blood sugar number is a fluke and this is more than you really want to know at this time. But I hope you follow up with some more testing and know for sure.
I REALLY appreciate your thorough reply. I wish you the very best of health & wellness !

Eddie
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:44 AM   #6
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What is "IR"
IR is insulin resistance.

With a 5.6 being at the high end of normal, it might be a good idea to get a meter so you can check daily fluctuations. You might be surprised to see how high the spikes can be after eating carby foods. This is where a lot of damage can be done. By eating low carb meals, you may not see more than a 5-20 point jump -- at least that is the goal. A 5.6 translates to a blood sugar reading of about 122 which is a little high. 83-85 is normal.

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. Are late blood draws after a single, long, large meal good to provide the info sought ?
Anytime you can check is good! We all have to go through a learning curve with this thing. Knowing how your body reacts to various foods and exercise is the only way you can successfully manage it. So when you first get your meter, check several times a day for a few days. Once you see what's going on, then just check once a week or so.

Doing resistance or weight training burns glucose 19 times better than aerobic exercise (according to Dr. Bernstein). Basically, the whole philosophy here of low-carb paleo, IF and hard workouts is why I visit. I used to be on oral medication, such as metformin which is supposed to improve IR, but it didn't agree with me. Managing diabetes with diet and exercise is the best option for me. I get inspiration from the dedicated people here who are trying to achieve optimal health.

Best of health to you too!
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:27 AM   #7
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You kick-ass sista! You are the inspiring one around here.
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