I think the answer will be obvious.
I’ve been anxiously waiting for my complete lab results to be taken. But then again, I have anxiety so I’m pretty much anxious about everything.
Nearly four months ago my gf and I decided to embark on this journey of going vegan. For me, it was all about my health and wanting to see if I could get off of the dozen pills I take every morning.
So before starting, I went to the VA and had my blood work done.
I’d love to say that I was shocked by the results, but in all honesty, I knew that I hadn’t been taking care of myself for years, so I went in knowing they would be bad.
And they were.
But more on that in a sec.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we decided to do this after watching the Netflix show “What the Health.”
Yes, it was over the top dramatic. Yes, there were some things we didn’t quite believe. But it still planted the seed. So we did it.
For the most part, I have been completely vegan the entire time. There was one time where I was inadvertently eating egg, and then there was a week where I did have cheese while on vacation.
I also tried some buffalo wings that week and could only stomach one and a half wings before giving up.
But other than that, I have been strict.
And it has been so much easier than I thought it would be.
A couple months after going vegan, I went to the VA for a follow-up, thinking that I was having a full set of labs taken, but that wasn’t the case. So I had to wait until last Friday for the results.
The negative – weight loss. More specifically, the lack of it.
I’ve actually gained a few pounds.
I think that I’m eating too many nuts during the day. Yes, they are vegan, but also high in calories, so I have given up my daily routine of snacking on pistachios.
Now the results.
Four months ago (actually three and a half), I had the following results:
Fasting Glucose – 430
A1C – 14.1
Cholesterol – 292
LDL – 253
Blood Pressure – 141/100
So yeah, not good…at all.
Here is where I am now:
Fasting Glucose – 81
A1C – 6.5
Cholesterol – 178
LDL – 95
Blood Pressure – I’m going to use my two month reading since I am battling a cold and it was slightly higher than at two months, but it was 117/77.
Those are HUGE improvements, especially in just under four months!
My doctor was very proud to announce that they must have my diabetes meds on point. He was shocked when I told him I had only been taking half the dosage because my blood sugar was dropping below 70.
According to him, he had never seen such a dramatic improvement with diet alone.
So, is it working? I think the answer is clear.
I go back to the VA in four months for more blood work and to see if I can start coming off of some of my meds.
What do you think? Have you had similar results by adopting a vegan lifestyle?