It was exciting because I was seeing a lot more blue ink, indicating more/new numbers that were out of normal range. Even my blood glucose of 105 mg/dl was marked as "high". Did Dr. Bernstein get to them?
I don't have to do an at home A1C this month because I did an "official" one in the last few days of March. This time it was 6.3. I had guessed that it would be that number, because I had looked at my recent sensor/meter readings. I don't really regard the A1C as a suspenseful data point anymore, I can see the trend and pretty much guess it. I would venture to say, our sensor/meter data is more useful than an A1C these days.
Other things I was looking forward to seeing:
1) Thyroid Function- I asked my doctor to order a TSH test to see where I was with that. I had been fine in Sept., but during the last 6 months I felt that I was showing signs of slower metabolism. I wasn't eating very much, still maintaining weight, etc. As it turns out, it was high, which means it's likely that I have some sort of low thyroid issue. Possibly low-iodine intake. I understand that there are various reasons why Type 1 diabetics also have hypothyroid issues. I'll see what route my doc wants to take to correct it.
2) For the same reasons pondered above- I wanted to have my testosterone checked. I figured the metabolism question might be related to one of the two hormones. It was not the problem, it was a tad higher than normal, which could be the reason why I have felt pretty decent despite low thyroid function. I've never come across as a high-test kind of guy, but, I like knowing it's on the high-side for health/aging reasons. Insulin sensitivity goes up with testosterone levels.
Other interesting data:
- There was low creatinine in my urine, which would only be interesting if I had an abnormally high number in my blood. Since I don't, it likely just means my kidneys are working well.
- The bloodwork also showed a high-ish ratio of albumin/globulin. This ratio was 2.1(the upper edge) last time and now it's 2.3. Seems like a marginal change. The things I read didn't make it seem like a sole indicator of anything in particular, but if other things were out of whack, it might help shed some light. It is usually related to liver and kidney issues.
- My cholesterol is higher than last time, but I have read that hypothyroidism can have an impact on cholesterol, so that may be tied in together. I had expected my improvements in my glucose control to impact my cholesterol positively, but, I guess there's always multiple factors at play. My triglycerides: HDL ratio is still solid, so I'm not worried about any of the lipids right now.