So my blood test results are in and I went over them with my mom (the nurse). Overall, I am quite pleased with them and I think that McDougalling even for a relatively short period of time that I have been doing (6 weeks, roughly, with a few weeks of not adhering to the plan) has made a huge difference.
A few things to note:
- my glucose levels are on the high side (100 mg/dl is the max and I am at 91 - I should note that there might be some measurements that are not as they appear in the US, since Israel tends to take European measurements). I'm thinking that might be because I had some sugary snacks the night before the test (don't know how a 12 hour fast can affect that) but it does not surprise me. I've suspected for a long time that my blood sugar might be starting to get into trouble (though thank goodness it doesn't look like it's prediabetes yet).
- B12 levels are high (it just says that I'm over 1000 pg/ml, not by how much). I have been taking a B12 supplement so my mom says I should stop for a period of time and we'll check it in another 6 months or so. This is a surprise, since you always hear about vegans not getting enough B12. I actually have been putting my McDougall menus (both before and after the potato experiment
) into Cron-o-Meter and it's been showing that I am almost at the 100% recommendation for B12 with food alone. So I shouldn't be surprised.
- Calcium levels are fine (max is 10.4 mg/dl and I am at 9.5), which again is a surprise.
- interesting note about TSH - Israel seems to be using the older ranges (0.35-5.5 mlu/l). I did a little research and found that the US revised those guidelines to 0.3-3. I am at 2.47, so for Israel, that is fine but for the US that seems a bit on the high side). However, I talked to my mom and she says this is actually a good thing, since it’s still within the normal range.
So I’m relieved that all that is over with! Now I have to really watch the glucose levels, though, since it’s clear that I might be going in a bad direction with that.
- Iron levels are within normal range but also on the low end (60 mlcg/dl is the min and I am at 62). This actually might explain why I have been feeling so tired throughout the day and have had a hard time getting up in the mornings. So it's clear I need an iron supplement.
- Urea is low (17 mg/dl is the min and I am at 16) but my mom says this is a good thing since it shows my body is more alkaline)
- A few good surprises: protein levels are actually very good (6.6 g/dl is the min and I am at 7.9) which was a huge surprise. So maybe what Dr. McDougall and the rest have been saying about protein being overrated is on the money
- Cholesterol: I am in excellent condition on all fronts here:
Total Ch: 187
This is actually important because there is a family history of high cholesterol (my dad has had it since his 50's and now my brother, at 47, is taking cholesterol lowering meds). I totally credit McDougalling and veganism in general for this