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Health Matters: First Test Results

13 Aug

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my blood drawn.

After almost two weeks I went back to see Dr. Alexander for the results of my labs taken there. Here’s what she found:

1. She saw nothing in my more specific Lipid Panel to warrant being on meds for cholesterol. She asked me to stop taking the Statin. She didn’t like the risk/benefit analysis, understanding that the levels are including the fact that I was on a drug to help my levels. And since we discussed before, cholesterol is the father of all our sex and adrenal hormones and statins inhibit our body from making appropriate levels. No wonder my hormones felt so dead. We will test my levels again in a few months and she recommended a lab called Berkeley, which is a cardiovascular set of labs that look in depth at your genetics and risk for cardiovascular disease. I am interested in the labs and hope they will put my mind at ease in the future. She also recommended a book called “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart disease and the Statin Free Plan.” Sounds interesting. My levels were:

Total Cholesterol: 152 (normal 100-199)

Triglycerides: 101 (normal 0-149)

HDL Cholesterol: 57 (normal >39, and >59 is considered a negative risk factor for chronic heart disease)

VLDL Cholesterol Cal: 20 (normal 5-40)

LDL Cholesterol Calc: 75 (normal 0-99)

Lipoprotein: 3 (desirable <20, value above 30 may indicate independent risk factor for chronic heart disease)

2. Hypothyroid: She diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She wants to optimize my thyroid health first with iodine, the Armour med I started recently and also Selenium at about 200mg for several months. Read more about the benefits of Selenium <a href=”http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa072000a.htm&#8221; target=”_blank”>here</a>, but one study found Selenium can reduce the risk of thyroid problems, pregnancy and fertility problems, heart disease and progression of HIV to AIDS, among other findings. Pretty interesting stuff. We will check my thyroid again in five weeks.

My levels were:

TSH: 15.9 (normal is .450-4.5) and she commented that she didn’t know how I was functioning. In all actuality I felt OK, not like a walking zombie, but that could just be because I’m used to being tired and feel like that’s normal.

Triiodothyronine, free, serum: 2.6 (normal 3.6-4.5)

T4, free: .83 (normal 1.2-1.8)

3. Irregular periods: Due to an imbalance in hormones. She ordered progesterone for me and I’m to take it nightly  on days 14-25 (roughly) in my cycle. Off birth control, my cycle is usually six weeks as opposed to four.

My hormone levels were:

DHEA-Sulfate: 99.8 (normal 200-350)

Estradiol: 33.4 (normal varies on where you are in your cycle, but mine was low)

Progesterone: .7 (normal also depends on cycle stage, but again mine was low)

I am continuing to take Vitamin D supplements in prescription strength, to a goal of around 80, iodine, fish oil, B complex, and CoQ10.

This appointment again lasted a couple of hours and Dr. Alexander thoroughly explained the results to me. She also took some time to recommend natural remedies for problems my husband has like acid reflux and allergies (OTC acid blockers are awful for you and a shot of vinegar surprisingly should help!) I don’t know another doctor who would offer free advice when it is so valuable. And I can email her any time with questions. It’s kind of like having a really good friend who knows you inside and out and is really smart about your insides. 😉

Here’s to our health friends.