Friday, July 23, 2010

Test results - not what I expected

Yesterday I had to return to my Dr. We had run some tests a few weeks ago and I got the results yesterday. (I could have got them earlier, but I wanted to see my Dr, and she was away, plus they weren’t urgent.)

These tests were pretty much to check the levels of everything in my body and to check a few things we thought might be problems I have. Turns out we were way off.

I do have some problems, but not what we were expecting. In fact, what we discovered means I have to make some drastic changes to my diet. I eat pretty ok now, but there are certain things I can no longer have due to these issues.

I have to be pretty much vegetarian now and cut right back on dairy as well. Obviously I will be substituting things I was eating with options that are still high in calcium, iron, protein etc... All the reasons we eat meat and dairy.

I was in shock when the Dr was telling me this. We just thought I would be low in iron and vit B, but those levels were fine. It’s funny, previous Dr’s have always only checked for these things, whereas my new Dr had a massive list of what she wanted checked and I am so glad she did.

I am excited about the changes I will have to make in one way. I get to try new recipes and experiment more, plus I will get healthier (hopefully) and it will make a difference in my life. It will be hard though and I am having to rethink what I do.

It was so interesting at my Dr’s. She fully explained everything about how different things work in our bodies, why we need certain things and how they affect each other. Like for example vitamin D and calcium. Did you know vitamin D assists in calcium absorption?

My calcium level is good, but my vitamin D level is only 1/10 what it should be. I don’t get enough sun, because I get burnt hanging out the washing, so I have always covered up. This is a typical problem for Caucasians especially in Australia. Low vit D is fairly common, but did you know that when it is low, because it affects calcium absorption if you don’t increase it and it stays low it can lead to osteoporosis and other health problems like that?

Having PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) already puts me at risk for many things including diabetes and my visit yesterday showed that there are a few issues that now increase my risk of many things further such as heart disease, cancer etc... And considering the family history of these, that is not a good thing.

Now, I do have to make a lot of dietary changes, but here’s the kicker. Due to my age, the issues I have are more likely to be genetic, and not a lot can be done. How fantastic is that? NOT!

The dietary changes will help, but it won’t completely solve the problems if they are genetic. That’s ok though. These things happen and I’ll do what I can and hopefully at my next test results will be better and I will make a difference.


  1. Good post, reminds me to let a little sunshine in for the kids as well as myself!!! Just hope you're okay...

  2. Thanks, I will be ok, the results answered questions I have had for a long time, so that's good, and it's not too serious.

    We definitely need to play outside more! :)

  3. I am glad its not too serious but wasnted to say I hope that you are okay. It sounds like a major wake up call. You have reminded me to get out in the sun more. When I was pregnant they found I had reall low vitamin D. I am the same as you and get burnt so easily. Living in Australia with fair skin is no good for my skin but I will try and get out there more.