So, Monday morning, I had my blood work done to evaluate my health. I got the results last night. I posted a brief synopsis on FB but decided to write something a little more in-depth. Overall, I am pleased with how my health is improving. And really, these are the number that count, far more than the scale.
So, most of my lab work came back normal; however, there are few areas of celebration and concern. I am seeing my doctor on Monday. So, I will let you know what she says!
Celebration: As most of you know, I am a Type 2 diabetic. Oh, wait! Let me correct myself. I WAS a Type 2 diabetic. My A1C is down to 5.7, and my glucose 88. So, the diabetic range is 6.5 or higher, and at 7, you will be put on medication. Pre-diabetes is 5.7-6.4. I believe my numbers are low enough to discuss getting off meds. YAY! This has been a goal of mine, and I have achieved it!
RA Factor: I asked that some tests be run for rheumatoid arthritis. My RA factor is normal. This doesn’t necessarily preclude the diagnosis, but it lessens the likelihood. I am thrilled.
C-reactive protein test (CRP): This is another test I asked to be run. Elevated C-reactive proteins result from inflammation, which can indicate infection or a chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, as well as the risk of heart disease. And I am happy to say that it is normal.
EOS (absolute): According to the Mayo Clinic, eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cell. Eosinophilia is a condition most often indicates a parasitic infection, an allergic reaction, autoimmune inflammation, or cancer. Most likely, this is allergies or part of the on-going autoimmune issues. I genuinely don’t think I have a parasite or cancer. Normal is less than .4, I am at .5.
Bilirubin, Total: Again, according to the Mayo Clinic, higher than normal levels of bilirubin may indicate different types of liver problems. One of the causes is drug toxicity, and considering the medication cocktail I take, I am not surprised. So, you can see why I am so excited to start getting off meds. Normal is 1.2, I am at 1.7.
ALT (SGPT) Alanine transaminase (ALT) is a liver enzyme. Elevated liver enzymes often indicate inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. This is not the first time my results included high liver enzymes. Normal is 32, I am at 37.