breeisreallyawesome wrote:I'd like to add, they did a lupus blood workup and those tests came back normal. I did have a urinalysis done and my uric acid is through the roof and I have entirely too much protein in my urine. These two things along with bouts of high blood pressure have them concerned that I may have kidney issues, given a family history of kidney disease. I have a re-check on my urine in six weeks.
I'm not diabetic as my blood sugar tests have all come back normal.
I don't have a strict diet, but I'm looking to change that. I'm not obese, but I'm not where I want to be as far as weight goes. Haven't quite lost that "baby weight" from two years ago.
Anyone have anything they'd like to add? I'm scared out of my mind about all of this. It's a lot to take in..
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions
Oral glucose tolerance test
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
from where i sit all our various perspectives are pretty interconnected, eg:my personal suspicion is that gluten sensitivity, excess insulin, and resulting insulin resistance are players in many MS (or "neurological") symptoms.
Factor #1: Your Insulin Level
Insulin and leptin are absolutely essential to staying alive, but the sad fact is that most of you reading this have too much, and it is pushing you towards chronic degenerative illness and increasing the rate at which you age.
Most adults have about one gallon of blood in their bodies and are quite surprised to learn that in that gallon, there is only one teaspoon of sugar! You only need one teaspoon of sugar at all times -- if that. If your blood sugar level were to rise to one tablespoon of sugar you would quickly go into a hyperglycemic coma and die.
Your body works very hard to prevent this by producing insulin to keep your blood sugar at the appropriate level. Any meal or snack high in grain and sugar carbohydrates typically generates a rapid rise in blood glucose. To compensate for this your pancreas secretes insulin into your bloodstream, which lowers your blood sugar to keep you from dying.
However, if you consume a diet consistently high in sugar and grains, over time your body becomes "sensitized" to insulin and requires more and more of it to get the job done. Eventually, you become insulin and leptin resistant, and then diabetic.
If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or are overweight, it is highly likely that you are eating too many grains -- yes, even unrefined whole grains -- as this is the most common culprit causing your insulin level to become abnormal.
Compounding the problem, when your insulin and leptin levels rise due to an excess of carbohydrates, they send your body a hormonal message telling it to store fat while holding on to the fat that is already there. So not only will excess carbohydrates make you overweight, they will effectively hamper your weight loss efforts too.
Your Fasting Blood Insulin Test
To find out your insulin and leptin levels, you need to get tested by your doctor. The test you need to ask for is a fasting blood insulin and leptin test, The tests are done by just about every commercial laboratory and the insulin test is relatively inexpensive.
Facts about Your Fasting Insulin Test:
o This test is profoundly useful. It's one of the least expensive tests in traditional medicine, yet it is one of the most powerful. A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally you'll want to be below 3.
o You can safely ignore the reference ranges from the lab as they are based on "normals" of a population that has highly-disturbed insulin levels.
o This is a great test to do BEFORE you start your program as you can use it to assess how well you are progressing in the program.
o If your level is above 5 you will want to consider significantly reducing most sugars and grains, even whole wheat grains, until you lower your level. Once you've normalized your insulin level you can reintroduce grains into your diet at a lower level to optimize your health.
o Exercise is of enormous benefit in improving the sensitivity of your insulin and leptin receptors, and to help normalize your insulin level far more quickly.
Okay, we don't have much as far as the shopping list goes, but here's what I have down so far:
Bananas, grapes, strawberries, carrots, kale, lintels, tuscan sausage, red potatoes, onion, corn, boneless/skinless chicken breast, steak and steak tips, dry red beans/white beans/pinto beans, fresh green beans, some of those Healthy Choice steamer meals, apple and grape juice, raw honey (with comb), 2% milk (mainly for my daughter, but I on occasion have some), whole wheat bread, and white american cheese (from the deli).
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