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Old 02-07-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
Jeff Yan
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Default my last medical check up: high cholesterol, high creatinine, low B12

I just went in to get my first medical check up in recent memory. I didn't get the actual report, but my doc says that I have high cholesterol, high creatinine, low B12. This is a very similar profile to what my dad has.

Doc's recommendations were to eat less eggs, eat less red meat, eat less dairy, eat less fried foods to lower my cholesterol.

He also suspected that my creatinine levels were due to me not getting enough fluids.

Going down item by item, here's my perspective (which of course may be completely biased).
eggs - I generally skip breakfast, but for the past two weeks I've been eating omelets more frequently, usually 4 eggs at a time.
red meat - yes, I eat a lot of meat, none of it is grassfed
dairy - I don't think I go overboard with it since I recognize that it's cheating on Paleo
fried foods - like dairy, I eat it on occasion, but usually not in large quantities and I usually don't seek it out
fluids - I thought I was I drinking sufficient amounts

So I'll be resuming my nutrition log.

My next check up will be in 3 months. If this isn't all genetics, when the next check up comes around, I want to kick its ass.

Any recommendations?
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:13 AM   #2
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Does your father currently have health problems?

What about your veggie consumption?

It looks like he also gave you the standard medical advice when it comes to "high cholesterol" which is IMO not great advice. I don't know that I would get so hung up on him telling you "high cholesterol" Can you get the report to get the actual numbers? Those are much more important.

I've had blood work done when I've been downing dozens of eggs a week and such, I know the information and research is out there to say that dietary cholesterol does not raise blood cholesterol (in most people, I want to say I read something talking about some people with certain conditions react a bit differently but I can't remember at this time).

RE: Creatinine levels
According to WebMD:
Do not eat more than 8oz of meat, especially beef, or other protein for 24 hours before the blood creatinine test and during the creatinine clearance urine test.
So it's possible that you have a false positive in that regard?
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:20 AM   #3
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Enter your numbers, get your report, follow the treatment guidelines.

Always get a copy of your labs, not just your doctor's interpretation of them. I've seen doctors tell patients they were fine, only to see that their actual labs showed significant anemia.

Keep your own medical file at home so that you can easily switch practitioners at any time and not have to worry about going to each of your previous practitioners and having them send your records to your new person. This will save you $$, time, and possibly a lot of hassle.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:13 PM   #4
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My dad takes cholesterol medication and I saw some B12 supplements around his apartment. He doesn't exercise, but he doesn't seem to have any noticeable health problems.

As for my vegetable consumption, I try to eat as much as I can, but considering how much meat I eat, I suspect that's still probably not enough balance it out.

Before my check up, I fasted for about 12 hours of so, but I probably had some beef within the day preceding the test.

I too have read about how dietary cholesterol has no effect on circulatory cholesterol, but I don't recall where. Any suggestions on a good source to read more about this?

I'm still going to take it safe and stick to egg whites for 3 months.

I've got to get the doctor to mail me the results.
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