Episode 8 – Health is a Mosaic: How to Read Blood Test Results When Eating Keto or Low Carb – with Amy Berger
Join Dave Korsunsky as he interviews Amy Berger of Tuit Nutrition on how to read blood test results as part of your low-carb ketogenic lifestyle. Amy breaks down all the important facts on how to read blood test results, which ones to keep an eye on and how to interpret your own test results through a low-carb/ketogenic lens. This podcast is a continuation of Amy’s in-depth blood chemistry master class on the Heads Up Health blog.
Check out Amy Berger’s full series of “Low-carb Lab Testing” blog posts here.
Amy Berger is a USAF veteran, who holds a master’s degree in human nutrition, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). She is a low carb/keto/paleo nutritionist, author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote, and blogger at Tuit Nutrition. She can also be found on Twitter.
If you’re new to, or considering a low carb lifestyle, this podcast will help you understand which labs to ask your doctor for and how to read blood test results to empower your health.
If you’ve been at this for a while, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what your blood sugar test results mean. You’ll learn which labs you should be paying attention to, as well as what to do when your doctor or insurance won’t get you the labs you need.
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In this episode you’ll learn how to read blood test results on low-carb/keto:
- About blood sugar patterns after intense exercise
- How Heads Up Health brings metrics from all your tracking apps together including blood test results.
- The differences between fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c), fructosamine, fasting insulin and how some measurements are more accurate than others
- When to use fasting glucose vs. post-prandial (after meal) blood sugar test results
- What you need to know about how to read blood test results and be your own advocate for getting what you need for your health
- About at home testing as well as how to obtain your own labs when your doctor or insurance won’t order them
- Why fasting insulin is “the most important test your doctor isn’t ordering”
- What the Hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c) test is and why it’s not always as accurate as you’d expect
- Why you can have normal blood sugar test results with elevated insulin, indicating serious metabolic issues, despite having labs that ‘look great’ to your doctor
- The reasons why hyperinsulinemia can indicate a system out of balance and how the body is overcompensating for elevated blood sugar levels.
- What the HOMA-IR is and what it tells you regarding risk of metabolic disease
- Why fasting blood glucose is the last thing to rise and is not a reliable indicator for early metabolic issues
- The two best blood sugar tests for early stage indicators of metabolic issues
- Why most thyroid tests doctors run are incomplete
- How without a full thyroid panel diagnosis can be missed leaving those suffering with symptoms of subclinical thyroid disorders and no support
- What The Kraft test is and when it’s most useful
- The reason why TSH isn’t the most important thyroid lab and why it alone is not enough
- About myths surrounding low carb and hypothyroidism, and how the numbers can sometimes fluctuate but not be a reason to abandon low carb eating
- Why high insulin in the presence of normal blood sugar test results, is the leading cause of any major illness including; gout, high blood pressure, obesity, PCOS, cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction, and more
- What the Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) Score is and why it can help you discern when you actually have an atherosclerosis problem
- Why cholesterol numbers do not always mean as much as we’ve been taught regarding heart health
- Amy Berger’s advice to anyone adopting a low carb lifestyle
Low-Carb Lab Testing – The Series
Check out the ongoing series on our blog that gives you all the information you need to read blood test results as part of your low-carb ketogenic lifestyle:
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 1 – Blood Sugar Tests
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 2 – Fasting Insulin Test
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 3 – HOMA-IR
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 4 – Do-it-yourself Testing – Don’t Wait to Measure
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 5 – A Case Study
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 6 – Thyroid Panel
- Low-Carb Lab Testing – Part 7 – The Kraft Test (Hyperinsulinemia)
- Low-carb Lab Testing — Part 8: The CAC Test – A Better Way to Evaluate Cardiovascular Health
- Journal of Insulin Resistance – Hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance: Scope of the Problem
- Amy Berger’s book – The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline
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