Monday, June 12, 2017
Blood Work Results Are In
This process back to health has been a good experience. I have learned so much in the last few months. I am getting results that I haven't been able to attain before. My diet, as most of you know, has made all the difference in the world. I have been vegetarian before, but never got the results I have now that I've gone vegan. For me, eliminating dairy, eggs, oils and sugar was the key. I am 100% vegan now and I don't eat any overt fats or take in any added sugar.....nothing more than what comes naturally in fruits and vegetables. And contrary to many beliefs, plant-based foods have plenty of needed protein, calcium and good fats. I get everything I need except Vitamin B-12, which is a concern for most vegans....so, I take a supplement. I also take Vitamin D, but honestly I am outside so much that I probably get more than enough from the sun.
I still have a little work to do. My doctor's comments on the latest lab report was to continue diet and exercise and repeat in 3 months. I'm confident I will be completely in the normal range by the time I have those labs done. My diet and lifestyle have changed for the better and I will continue this way for the rest of my life, so there's no reason to believe otherwise. The results below will show the before and after.
Since March 1, 2017: I have lost 22-23 lbs. and am still losing.....ever so slowly.
March, 2017 May 31, 2017
Glucose (fasting) 262 99 (excellent)
A1c 10.6 6.8 (needs to be below 6.0)
Cholesterol 322 214 (needs to be below 200)
LDL Cholesterol 220 143 (needs to be below 130)
Triglyceride 285 194 (needs to be below 150)
(sorry if this looks wonky....trying to line up numbers in blogger.....argh!)
Well, that's it in a nutshell. Much improved and feeling great, I'll continue doing what I've been doing. It's working!
I'll update you in 3 months to let you know the results then. In the meantime, hope everyone is having a good spring. It is super busy around here. My garden is doing so good. I picked squash, cucumbers and green beans last week. There are a few tomatoes on the bushes...small and green and plenty of blossoms. I have two new additions to my kitchen repertoire....an Instant Pot (pressure cooker, etc.) and a pressure canner. Love the Instant Pot and I can't wait to use the canner. I'm gonna have so much fun!
Take care.....talk soon,