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Fit-tastic Update: Diet, Health & Blood Tests

I recently went to the doctor to have blood tests done. Not for any other reason than that because of my Celiac disease, I need to be monitored regularly to make sure I’m staying healthy.

Guess what? I’m pretty healthy.

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Update:

Today I weigh 205 lbs. My weight is going up for some reason. I think it’s just summer time. I’m eating so much random and sugary things, which isn’t good, but I’m a real person and sometimes I make imperfect choices, just like everyone else. Now having said that, I still eat waaaay less sugar than the average American, but still too much for me. My sugar of choice is booze.

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I’m going to have to wrangle this weight situation back under control for reasons that will be obvious when you read this post.

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Everything was normal. Thyroid, normal. Blood counts, normal. My vitamin D levels are the highest they’ve ever been.

When I was first tested, my vitamin D level was at 17, below the range of normal (doctors like to see somewhere between 25 and 30). When I was retested after 3 months of taking 50,000 IUs of vitamin D every day, my levels were about 35. Now they are 48. I’m living large with vitamin D these days.

The final test (and it’s the one I was the most nervous about) was the comprehensive metabolic panel. It showed that my kidney and liver functions are normal and that everything, I mean everything, is normal. This is also the test that tells you if you’re diabetic or not.

When I was tested a year ago, before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, the doctors told me my blood sugars were 135. Anything above 140 is considered diabetic. I was given the title of “Pre-diabetic.”

I’m still surprised by this diagnosis, because no one in my family has a propensity for diabetes that I’m aware of. Just me.

If you follow my blog you know that I work out regularly, I’ve lost weight, I eat well. I’m not a sweets person, really. If you offer me a piece of cheese or a gluten-free cupcake I’ll take the cheese every time. I don’t really crave any sweets except chocolate on occasion. I’m doing all the regular things that a person could do to lower their diabetic levels.

My current glucose levels are 99. Anything over 100 is considered pre-diabetic.

Side note: I’ve decided that I’m going to start bragging about things that are totally un-bragworthy. Like this: I’m the original pre-diabetic in my family! Don’t even try to touch my diabetes! Pre-diabetic for life! Don’t hate my blood sugar.

So technically I’m not pre-diabetic anymore, but I’m literally on the edge of  being pre-diabetic again, which stinks.

I’ve mentioned this once before in a post but I’ll mention it again, because I think it’s really important. Knowing what is going on with your health and understanding what the numbers on your chart actually mean is a great way to stay empowered about your health and to be the healthiest version of yourself.

Knowing what the numbers on your medical chart mean is one of the most preventative forms of medicine that you can offer yourself. We cannot expect doctors to give us all the answers.
Each of us is in charge of our own health.

Lots of people are like me, close to pre-diabetic or close to diabetic, but not yet. If you don’t know your glucose number, call your doctor and find out. If it’s been a while, have a blood glucose test done (yes, this is the test where you have to fast for 12 hours first).

The term pre-diabetic didn’t exist until recent times, when doctors realized that there was a whole range of people who could make some lifestyle changes and preventatively bring their blood glucose numbers down to avoid diabetes altogether.

Lifestyle changes are easier than living with chronic disease.

When a doctor says your glucose levels are normal, what does that really mean? High normal, like mine? On the edge of being pre-diabetic? Or really normal, like in the 70 – 80 range? Because there is a huge difference between the two.

The person who is on the verge of pre-diabetes, like me, should really look at additional lifestyle changes to get off of the edge of an additional “bragworthy” diagnosis.

So I’m reading more about diabetes again. I know I could lose a few more pounds, which could help me lower my blood glucose levels. I could eat lower carb. I could eat even less sugar.

I’ve been lurking on message boards and websites looking up various interventions to lower my blood sugars a little. I see all these people trying to lower their blood sugars that are in full blown diabetes, with numbers over 200 and I think, Am I the only “normal” blood sugar person concerned about developing diabetes in the future?

I’d be totally happy if I could have a number in the lower 90s, not so close to the edge.

I’m just trying to stay focused on the fact that I’ve brought my blood glucose levels down 36 points in less than a year. I only have another 9 or so to go. Totally doable.

So I’m really quite healthy, but still with room to become healthier.

Look out, blood glucose levels because I’m not even playing anymore. I’m determined. I’m serious.

I’ll take the spoonful of medicine and skip the sugar, because health tastes better.

How about you? Do you have an un-bragworthy diagnosis to brag about? Or some other unbraggable brag? Do it in the comments. It’s fun and feels like saying screw you with a smile on your face.

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  1. Posted July 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm | #

    I think lowering your blood sugar by 36 points is pretty impressive. I know it stinks to be on the technical verge of pre-diabetic, but you’re so on the right track, it’s time to celebrate (with something less sugary).