By The Numbers....

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Many of you have asked how my Keto/carnivore eating might affect my basic lab numbers from a doctor's visit. Well you are in luck! I had my metabolic panel taken last week and today I will share those numbers with you.

DISCLAIMER: I should probably do a disclaimer before every blog! #1 if you do not like what I say... be an adult... immature behavior is why I left social media!!! For today's blog understand I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I am merely sharing my experience and personal perspective which is purely anecdotal. This should not substitute for what you do with your doctor or the advice of a doctor! Don't be a dumbass.

So lets jump right in. I won't bore you with all the numbers from my labs. Your doctor may call for different tests based on your meds, age, sex and other conditions. What I will share is the ones on my panel most related to my Keto/Carnivore lifestyle. I will contrast 2020 results to my last tests in 2017 when I was deep into the standard American diet!

Labs for 50 year old male......

Glucose- 2020 results 105 mg/dl.......... 2017 results 98 mg/dl (below 109 is what we want)

HA1C- 2020 results 5.6%......... 2017 results (not tested) 5.6% is top of GOOD range

Cholesterol- 2020 results 256 mg/dl.... 2017 results 203 mg/dl (low total chol is more my concern)

HDL- 2020 results 58.8 mg/dl..... 2017 results 48.0 mg/dl VERY PLEASED!

Triglycerides- 2020 results 77 mg/dl......... 2017 results 118 mg/dl VERY PLEASED!

Some important ratios-

LDL to HDL 3.1

Triglycerides to HDL 1.3

Overall I am very pleased with these results. I wish I could contrast my HA1C with 2017 but it was not tested. I theorize it was likely higher and I was pre-diabetic then... mainly because after about 6 weeks Keto I felt like a completely new person! Very pleased with higher total Cholesterol and higher HDL! If cholesterol scares you and your doctor I encourage you both to dive into research from the year 2000-today. Most people don't even know what cholesterol is... it is absolutely essential! Cholesterol is not evil. Purdue-Pharma is! Very pleased with my triglyceride level showing almost a 50% reduction from when I was on the standard American diet!!!

Remember these labs are nothing more than a snapshot in time...for the most part. This is not the hill you should die on! But certainly it is a piece to the puzzle for overall good health. Use it as motivation not a death sentence. For me I will continue to crank down on total carbs, especially processed carbs... and will hope to keep that HA1C in range.

I will drop a couple of references below if you want to read more about some this... Remember my experiences are mine. I started the Keto/carnivore lifestyle to reduce inflammation NOT TO LOSE WEIGHT. I suffered a lifetime of arthritis and keto reversed this, at least on a pain management perspective within 3 months! Also if you want to learn more I encourage you to spend some time at Dr. Ken Berry's youtube channel... he has literally hundreds of free videos.

For me my labs show direct results of a high fat low carb lifestyle. Keto-carnivore ON!

Today's acompanying Vlog was too large for my website so here is the link to watch it on my youtube channel!

1. Hussain TA, Mathew TC, Dashti AA, Asfar S, Al-Zaid N, Dashti HM. Effect of low-calorie versus low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet in type 2 diabetes. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif). 2012;28(10):1016-1021. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2012.01.016

2. Kirkpatrick CF, Bolick JP, Kris-Etherton PM, et al. Review of current evidence and clinical recommendations on the effects of low-carbohydrate and very-low-carbohydrate (including ketogenic) diets for the management of body weight and other cardiometabolic risk factors: A scientific statement from the National Lipid Association Nutrition and Lifestyle Task Force. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2019;13(5):689-711. doi:10.1016/j.jacl.2019.08.0031.

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