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I wrote about my first experience with Inside Tracker back in March. My results from that test were the following:
At risk: LDL
Needs improvement: Glucose, HbA1c, Hemoglobin, Iron, HDL, Triglycerides
Optimized: Vitamin D, Calcium, Folate, Creatine kinese, Total cholesterol, Magnesium
Each biomarker is categorized as optimized, needs improvement (could be low or high), and at risk.
I went again in June and got updated results. I’ve made some improvements but still need to work on a couple more things. It is always something, right?
At risk: Vitamin D (low), Glucose (high), Total cholesterol (high), LDL (high),
Needs improvement: HDL (low), Triglycerides (high), Ferritin (low), Hemoglobin (low)
Optimized: Calcium, Magnesium, Creatine kinese, Folate, HbA1c
I made another appointment to get tested again in September. However, I am also going to see my primary doctor for my annual physical test in September too. I will talk to her about my results and ask her to order blood work. Then I will skip the one with Inside Tracker.
I am aware I should be concerned about cholesterol and LDL levels, but I am more concerned about the ferritin and hemoglobin levels. They’ve both gone down since March. I sent a message to a sports doctor I’ve seen before hoping that I could see him and work with him sooner than September. After going back and forth he ended with “Let’s start with your primary doctor first”. I get it but still it doesn’t help.
What have I been doing?
- Taking supplements but do not want to depend only on them.
- Trying to eat more iron rich foods but that isn’t always easy.
- Eating more quinoa, tofu, and red meat (the latter not too much since I don’t like it too much).
- Cooking in avocado oil.
- Eating more fruit and vegetables.
- Keeping up with running and Peloton bike classes.
I feel like I am on the right path.
School will start next month and the first few months stress me out – way more than the rest of the year! I am known for eating a “not so healthy meal” from McDonald’s when I am stressed out. 😬 😬
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