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Anomalies in my blood tests report – can you explain?

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 Posted 7/20/2013 4:43:57 AM
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calc (7/19/2013)
Your Vitamin D level at 86 nmol (34 ng) is generally considered to be borderline low. LEF recommends it to be above 125 nmol (50 ng), and mid range is around 160 nmol (65 ng). Note that increasing Vitamin D level may mess with mineral status, in my case it heavily affected manganese status.

Thank you Calc. I appreciate you comment, I know from this Forum how much dedication you have to testing and interpreting your results. I am pretty happy with a 35-40 ng/ml range for Vit D and still maintain the position in my previous post on this subject. I keep supplementing with 1000IU in summer and 1500-2000IU in winter. Testing your own values, Vit D is one of the most important supplement as you can hardly get the right value by diet alone.


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 Posted 7/21/2013 12:09:52 PM
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Albedo,

Five percent Lugols Iodine devolved in glass of water:

2 drops= 12.5 mg. 4 drops=25 mg. 8 drops=50 mg

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 Posted 7/21/2013 2:58:05 PM
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Be careful if measuring or using Lugols iodine.  Be sure not to doubletask when you are measuring your dose. 
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 Posted 7/21/2013 6:54:36 PM
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Your Vitamin D level at 86 nmol (34 ng) is generally considered to be borderline low. LEF recommends it to be above 125 nmol (50 ng), and mid range is around 160 nmol (65 ng). Note that increasing Vitamin D level may mess with mineral status, in my case it heavily affected manganese status.

Thank you Calc. I appreciate you comment, I know from this Forum how much dedication you have to testing and interpreting your results. I am pretty happy with a 35-40 ng/ml range for Vit D and still maintain the position in my previous post on this subject. I keep supplementing with 1000IU in summer and 1500-2000IU in winter. Testing your own values, Vit D is one of the most important supplement as you can hardly get the right value by diet alone.


All I know for certain is that I get sick much more often when my level is below 60 ng/ml. I pretty much didn't get sick for several years while my level was between 65-109 ng/ml, but it was hard to keep minerals balanced at the higher levels. So I wanted to see what would happen if I dropped it down to mid 50 ng/ml range and then I started getting sick much more often. I am now working on getting it back up to around 65 ng/ml without going higher than that. 5000IU/day is only enough to bring my level up to around 50ng, even in the summer while living in Texas which has a pretty good amount of UV exposure year round.

I wonder if the risk that some of these studies show associated with Vitamin D is due to activation of things like MnSOD. I've found I need substantially more than the RDA for manganese for my blood level to be balanced (30mg/day Mn with Vit D ~ 50ng). When my Vit D level was in the 70-80 ng range even 50mg/day wasn't enough to bring Mn up to normal.
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 Posted 7/22/2013 5:07:32 AM
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Albedo,

One of Life Extension's physicians who reviewed your post asked that you contact http://lef.org/quest-com.htm if you would like someone to evaluate your test results.

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 Posted 7/22/2013 6:23:23 AM
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Thank you DDye. I might in addition even try and visit for the 3rd time LEF in the new location and consult with one of the physician if that is an option still offered. I found of great value the last visit.
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What is your primary complaint?  In other words what are the physical and mental symptoms that are causing problems/distress?
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 Posted 9/14/2013 2:16:06 AM
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Jim

I agree: labs are only a part of the picture. I also never fully understood what "optimal" would mean. I would understand it when I see RCT results and even then you need to match with your own condition of course. In general I am eager to see medicine becoming truly personalized. We are getting there, hopefully I can benefit a little from it during my life time.

So getting back to the question: what are the primary complaints and symptoms?

Physically my main complaint is with urinary and bladder distension (high post void residual which triggered a TURP last January) as everyone following me in this Fortum now knows. Situation has improved but not perfect (where can I get a new bladder replaced :-) ? I know it is coming). I sometime find hard to relax and de-stress which I understand has also a role in the condition.

Mentally, I must say I feel good and in the recent years actually feel increased energy, concentration, focus. Have lot of interests and feel sometime overwhelmed but what I would like to learn and do.

Getting again to labs, I try to gather the global picture but values can let trend emerge and you can proactively act (lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation, ..) where you have enough evidence for benefit and low evidence for risk. Doctor do only little or no prevention.

Did I reply? Thank you for your post.

 
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Hi Albedo,

I am just seeing your post.

If you are experiencing bph, one of the best ways to manage this condition is to aggressively treat elevated estradiol.

The prostate is composed of a muscular capsule, the internal prostate gland and stroma cells.  The proper ratio of prostate gland to stroma cells is about 1:2 or 65% of the mass of your prostate gland is stroma cells under normal conditions.

The muscular prostate capsule is maintained by free testosterone and the internal prostate gland is maintained by dht.

As we age and our testosterone drops and dht is elevated or testosterone drops and estradiol increases, it can have significant growth inducing effects on the prostate.  The typical first line drug by most docs is to prescribe a reductase inhibitor to decrease dht.  Dropping dht initially decreases the size of the internal prostate gland however without the neutralizing effect of dht on estradiol, the stroma cells can grow aggressively.  To further complicate the matter, the effect of unchecked estradiol is hardening of the stroma cells.

One great way to deal with this issue is to correct the imbalance between dht and testosterone with testosterone supplementation and aggressively manage estradiol.

For you, dhea is probaly not such a great idea unless you are experiencing symptoms of deficiency.  A significant portion of this will convert to estradiol and exacerbate the problem.

Optimal hormone levels:
Your optimal hormone level is reached when you have no signs of deficiency.  A 25 year old laborer that weighs 200 lbs will have a very different optimal hormone level than a 140 lb, 25 year old accountant that thinks exercising is driving to the library.
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Albedo, I still strongly suggest you get entirely off of soy.  Rather than just looking at papers, look at the posts of real people all over the Web who've discovered that soy is toxic.
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