I finally got to see my doctor to go over the blood work I had done months ago after being on a ketogenic diet for roughly 10 months. Unlike other ketogenic dieters, I did not go on the diet to lose weight (although that was a nice side effect). In the months coming up to my decision to try it, I had a myriad of chronic conditions that seemed to be getting worse, among them was severe digestive distress. I had tried other diets such as limiting dairy, limiting meat, not eating anything processed, for long stretches and nothing seemed to really offer me any relief. I was in a desperate state when I discovered the ketogenic diet, so even though I thought it was extreme, I decided to give it a try and the results were astounding. My digestive issues, gone. My back pain, gone. Even issues that I did not realize were symptoms of something greater, like allergies, hair loss, brittle nails, borderline high blood pressure were also problems of the past; however, if I increase my carbohydrate intake, the symptoms return.
I went to see my doctor because I realized that this is an odd way of eating, but after having experimented with the levels of carbohydrates in my diet of the course of 10 months and the subsequent effect on my health, I determined rather reluctantly, that I would have to learn to eat a ketogenic diet for the long haul. I had heard from other ketogenic dieters that my doctor might not be supportive and probably actively discourage me from pursuing the diet, but I did not have that experience. My doctor has become a partner in my experiment and has helped me understand what is really happening in my body.
Today, we went over my blood work from a couple months ago. I happened to have blood work on file from my 19th birthday on file that I didn’t realize was in there. Back then, I was running regularly and eating well and being 19, I was practically a kid, so I hardly had any health issues that I was aware of. The comparison was mind blowing.
Improvements across the board, except for my HDL, which is interesting considering all I eat is healthy fats. I’ll probably do some more research on why that is. It’s especially interesting to me how a diet that will “clog my arteries” has done the opposite. Of course, this is just the beginning in the long experiment that is my life. I’m scheduled to have more blood tests done this week, so I will report back. I haven’t been as disciplined these last few months because of the holidays and some bouts with the flu so it will be interesting to see how that affects my results.