I have been practicing intermittent fasting for about 2 months. I was curious to see what changes I would see in my blood work compared to my baseline. My plan was to wait at least 6 months but my curiosity got the best of me!
I was pleased with the comparison. These facts and figures go a long way to confirm how much better I look and feel and will become of my motivation to continue with embracing this lifestyle change.
I use DirectLabs. A brief comparison of a number of my baseline versus 30 day values is below.
- C-Peptide, Serum
- 10 Most Important Tests (which includes CBC (includes Differential and Platelets), Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, CRP-hs , DHEA Sulfate, Estradiol, Ferritin, Fibrinogen Activity, Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT), Hemoglobin A1c with eAG, Iron, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD), Lipid Panel, Phosphate, Progesterone, Testosterone, TSH, Uric Acid, Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy).
|Lab Test||60 day change||My Observations|
|Glucose||decreased||It is very encouraging to see this value decrease. I use a glucose meter to check my blood sugar during fasts thus I was expecting a decrease.|
|Hemoglobin A1c||decreased||It is very encouraging to see this value decrease along with my glucose.|
|Insulin||decreased||The initial value was within normal range, which I did not expect. It is encouraging to see this number continue to drop.|
|C-peptide, serum||maintain normal range|
|Kidney/Liver||maintain normal range|
|Lipid Panel||maintain normal range|
|Thyroid||maintain normal range|
|Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy||increased||It is encouraging to see this value increase. It has been within normal range but on the low side of normal. I will look for information regarding why fasting may have impacted this value. I have supplemented with Vitamin D for several years and the value has slowly increased over time. Initially, I discontinued taking the supplements that I take. About 3 weeks later, I added back some supplements at meals when a fasting interval was broken.|
|Fluids and Electrolytes||maintain normal range|
|CRP-hs (highly sensitive)||decreased||It is encouraging to see this value decrease. I have read about high insulin and high glucose values being linked to increased inflammation.|
|Ferritin||maintain normal range|
|Fibrinogen Activity, Clauss||decreased (maintain normal range)||The initial value was within normal range. It is encouraging to see this number continue to drop.|