Numbers. Blood test numbers.
Yesterday I went for my annual physical and the doctor was absolutely amazed at my blood-work numbers. I get very extensive testing done by Boston Heart Diagnostics. This testing covers markers and tests for Lipids, Inflammation, Metabolics and Genetics, covers over 100 tests, LDL particle size, and also includes all the important ratios. I love it because it color-codes the results in red (high risk), yellow (borderline) and green (optimal), and the current results stand next to past results so you can watch progress. Also, based on these numbers, they give you your various assessments (chance of diabetes, heart disease, etc.).
Moving from red to green with my blood tests
I am thrilled to say that I have moved almost everything into yellow and green. What had been red moved to yellow and what had been yellow moved to green. I still have a few red outliers, but the doctor is not concerned. For instance, the BUN/Creatinine is in red, but she said that just shows her I was dehydrated when I took the test because the 10 other chemistry tests, as well as the other kidney tests, were all green. Thank heavens I have a Keto-supportive doctor, because some of the other tests, such as one of the LDLs in red and total cholesterol in yellow, were of no concern to her at all because she understands that Keto blood work is very different from the conventional ranges. (I am so lucky to have her as my doctor!) The two numbers that made me the happiest were the inflammation markers: HS-crp and Homosysteine, both of which came down further in 10 months than she had ever seen in her medical career. Thank you Ketogenic WOE (way of eating)!
The importance of knowing your MTHFR genetics
Boston Heart Diagnostics did several genetic tests, but the one I want to urge you to do — even independently — is to find out whether you have the MTHFR genotype. There is a lot of information about what a deficiency of this enzyme will do, and if any of you have followed Carrie Brown's story, you will know that her level of inability to metabolize B vitamins had severe consequences. The effect of a mutation in this genotype is that you cannot metabolize B vitamins, including folate. I found out at my last testing that genetically I have reduced folate metabolism, which could have accounted for my very (dangerously) high homocysteine level that plays into inflammation and, subsequently, heart disease. Having this genetic information, I switched to methylated B-12 and methylated folate (B-9), and both those levels came into the green range, and probably by the time I have my next test done (in 6 months), I will be in the green for homocysteine and HS-crp as well. A very large percentage of the population needs to be taking methylated Bs — doing so can save lives.
Turning back the clock
Meanwhile, on top of all this great news, she said that I don't look a day over 45. I said, thank you very much, but I would be happy if I didn't look a day older than 65!