Documentary Week 4 – Perth, Melbourne, Sydney

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Mumbi
Mumbi
8 months ago

I have watched several of your videos and have been a great help in understanding recent changes in my blood work. My question right now is on my kidney function:
Before I started LCHF my eGFR was at 44. My last blood work after several months of LCHF showed an eGFR of 65. Is this kind of trend supported by data or might it be just a nice coincidence for me?

Siobhan Huggins
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8 months ago
Reply to  Mumbi

Hi, I haven’t heard too much about it honestly – but only because no one has brought it up. It might be worth asking in some keto focused groups specifically, such as the Ketogenic Forums, and see if anyone has experienced the same. Just glancing through a couple things it looks like it has been speculated it could help with kidney function, but I don’t know if it’s been confirmed to.

Mumbi
Mumbi
8 months ago

Thanks. I will keep asking….and I will try the keto group

TerryD
TerryD
8 months ago

Hi, my wife has been following you for awhile and I finally jumped in. I had two cholesterol tests within 7days of each other. Feb 5 2020 and Feb 12 2020. The Feb 5 test: total 284, LDL 214, HDL 59, triglycerides (TG) 57. The five days prior to the Feb 12 test I ate a HFLC diet, not really keeping track just avoiding carb food as much as possible. The Feb 12 test results: total 248, LDL 167, HDL 71, TG 48. I must say i was surprised with the results.

Siobhan Huggins
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8 months ago
Reply to  TerryD

Hi – I see the Feb 12th test was under HFLC conditions, but what was the context of the feb 5th test?

Aziz
Aziz
8 months ago

Hi Siobhan,
I have been on low carb inter-spaced with carnivore for a year now. My latest blood work threw up a surprise – my white blood count (Leucocytes LPK)i is low – 3.0; the reference range is 3.5 to 8.8. Not sure what the units are here in Europe.

I have not been ill once since stating low carb and feel very strong and healthy – more than ever in my life. With your knowledge in low carb and immunology, what would you say about this?

Thanks

Siobhan Huggins
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8 months ago
Reply to  Aziz

Hi, we can’t give medical advice as we’re not doctors but this is actually something that pops up occasionally, and has been discussed in the Lean Mass Hyper-responder facebook group specifically (You can find these discussions by searching the group for “WBC”). For example, this study was linked showing Ketogenic Diets seem to generally lower WBC, although some have commented if they already lower end levels they didn’t drop further necessarily.
This article was also linked, which also discusses it.

If it were me, likely what I’d do is check in with my doctor to see if they could help me get a look at the bigger picture and verify if it’s related to diet or not, as there are other things that can cause it too that I’d want my doctor’s help to rule out before assuming.

Glenn Hardy
Glenn Hardy
8 months ago

Interested in cholesterol views . Been on keto for about 3 years now and cholesterol gradually rising now at 213 Triglycerides at 100 HDL at 44 and LDL at 150 . Anything to worry about here ? Appreciate your views

Siobhan Huggins
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8 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Hardy

Hi – we’re not doctors so we can’t say whether you should worry or not, but I do have some follow up questions for some context.
For example, was this test done 12-14 hours water only fasted? If so, do you have a history of lower HDL or is it a recent change? And what does a normal day of eating look like for you? All of this will help provide a bit more info – thanks!

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