As you know, the past couple of months have been a bit of a whirlwind. During this time I wasn’t trying too hard to eat low carb… unlike the militant way I was counting carbs during my initial n=1 experiment. I know there were a some weeks when I was definitely eating very low carb and spent at least a few of those days in ketosis (I hadn’t been testing my blood ketones these past few months), and there were other days when my carb intake increased due to social situations as well as my desire to avoid the keto-rash: prurigo pigmentosa.
So I estimate my average carb intake was in the range of 50 -150 gm per day.
I wanted to get another baseline as to where my labs are. I added columns onto this table to also track my CRP and Triglyceride:HDL ratio, both of which are good indicators of cardiovascular health.
In terms of my cholesterol, they look essentially identical compared to 5 months ago. My triglycerides are still pretty low, so that confirms that I’ve been doing a pretty good job of staying low carb. Despite having a persistently high LDL, I’m not too concerned because my low CRP tells me that my body isn’t in an inflammatory state and my Triglyceride:HDL ratio is favorable.
I had originally intended to get an NMR, but the location I got my labs drawn ran out of the necessary test tube. I’ll be sure to get an NMR lipoprofile during my next set of labs.
To asses my thyroid hormones, I only had my TSH drawn. It’s good to see that my TSH has improved from before. I’m not sure what to attribute this to. This may be due to the fact that I’ve had periods of increased carb intake in these past few months. Or it can be due to one of the supplements I’ve been taking, albeit with very poor consistency – 150 mcg of Potassium Iodide as a way to support my thyroid.
It’s interesting to see that despite an improvement in my TSH, my LDL didn’t really budge this time. Previously, there was an improvement in my LDL from 231 down to 168 as my TSH came down from 4.35 to 1.82. This raises an interesting idea that I hadn’t considered: perhaps the high LDLs seen on a ketogenic diet is caused by a combination of things, only one of which is low thyroid. I improved my thyroid levels and my LDL responded accordingly… but only up to a point. This is definitely warrants further exploration.
I also got my HBA1C checked and it measured 5.7%, which hasn’t changed at all.