I finally decided to have my expensive doctor draw labs for my Cognoscopy. Results are in! I am trying to make sense of my numbers and what to do with all this information! I am hoping some experts on here will provide me with some guidance! First, I have to say I've almost given up on my cholesterol. Perimenopause and genetics aren't doing me any favors. I don't eat any processed sugar or any junk food (except mayonnaise with my broccoli)...no chips, crackers, candy, sweets, pasta, bread, alcohol...nothing fun--ever. My total cholesterol went up when I started eating cheese so I guess I'll have to cut that out. Still, my LDL is horrible (1798). My triglycerides dropped from 166 to 157 so I'm calling that good. My HDL is up to 49 which is the best it's ever been. My LDLc is 183 and my nonLDLc is 213. I'm not sure what direction to go since I've tried it all, except Statins, which I will not do. I've tried Niaspan, Cholestid (which interferes with my Levothyroxine absorption), Arthichoke Leaf Extract, Plant sterols and stanols, Olive Leaf Extract, Fish oil, Flaxseed oil and many other supplements all to no avail. i'm now back on the Mediterranean Diet after trying Keto for a month. I exercise most days, weigh 120 and have a BMI of 20. Any advice in this area would be great.
The other areas I am confused/concerned about are:
High DHEA :452 (my hair is falling out and so greasy)
Low Progesterone : 1.2 (with 100mg dose per day)
Low Testosterone: 37 Free: 2.3
Low Copper: 69
Insane Zinc: 1400!! (although I had been sucking on Zinc lozenges for 2 days before the test to get rid of my cold quickly)
High Selenium: 230 (for the month of December, I ate 4 brazil nuts per day)
High Manganese: 22
Not great Iron: 35
Low Vitamin D: 33 (with 2,000iu dose per day) ( I use nicotine lozenges so I wonder if this is stopping absorption)
Low Glutathione: 590
I've done some research but can't really tell which direction to go to fix these numbers. Any experts out there have some ideas for me? I am starting to wonder if my low iron is messing with my copper and manganese levels but I'm not sure. Sadly, I cannot afford for a doctor to look at all of this and give me guidance.
Thanks for any ideas you could give me!! I do appreciate it.