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Blood Results for Dummies

Have you ever been to the doctor knowing you don’t feel right, had blood tests, only to be told they can’t find anything untoward?

Well the good news is – there’s nothing terribly wrong. The bad news is, this doesn’t help when you still don’t feel well.

You’re not out of reference range on any of the blood tests, but who’s to say that your blood results are normal for you?

You may have been dropping through normal ranges for a while and reached your tipping point where you are now experiencing symptoms.

Ask for a copy of all your recent blood tests and let me cast my Naturopathic eye over them!

This is where we look at ‘optimal’ ranges, rather than reference ranges; analyse for patterns within the blood; assess your blood results alongside symptoms you’re experiencing and work out an optimum nutritional and dietary plan.

Knowing where to put the intervention can help  you to make beneficial changes.

Patient X- female 38

Exhaustion, irregular cycle/ heavy bleeding, weight gain.

At the client’s request, the GP gave her a copy of the results with ‘no action taken’ on her file, even though it is clear below that some figures are below reference range and some are at the low end of normal.

 Her readings were:

 

Thyroid readings

 

According to British Thyroid Foundation

Optimal?

TSH

4.1

0.4 – 4mU/L

No

Free T4

8.1

9 – 25pmol/L

No

Nutrition

 

 

 

Ferritin

4

10 – 122

No

B12

182

173 – 700

No

Folate

7

3-17

No

Vitamin D

32.9

22.3-111.8nmol/L

No

 

Not all tests are like the one above and generally your GP will first run a standard Haematology and Biochemistry panel.

Click here to see what is usually tested for at the GPs.   Typical Blood Results (3)

From the clients results I felt there was some missing information and ran another blood test for the thyroid gland to test Free T3 and thyroid antibodies.

‘Free T3’ is the important one as it shows me how well you are converting your thyroid hormones into something usable!

Free T3 was very low suggesting that the small amount of T4 available wasn’t being converted into the active hormones, therefore likely to be causing the weight gain and exhaustion due to a slower metabolism.

With a slow metabolism, EVERYTHING moves slower: the liver cleans the blood SLOWER, the bowel eliminates SLOWER, the hair growth is SLOWER, the energy production is SLOWER.

Ugh – you’re not going to feel great.

The thyroid conversion is reliant on key nutrients, as well as a healthy liver, and there’s lots that we can do Nutritionally to support a healthy liver!   

There were also very high antibodies which suggested that the immune system was attacking the thyroid gland. We did further tests here to rule out viruses, as these can raise the antibodies.

As we are not Doctors the client was referred back to her GP for a diagnosis, but again came away with nothing, so we proceeded to rebalance the body using herbal and nutritional supplementation.

We used methylated B12 and Folate, Vitamin D (high doses), iron and specific support for the thyroid gland. An AutoImmune diet was advised to lower the thyroid antibodies.

Within a week the client started to feel more awake.

Within a month the blood readings started to improve. Within 3 months they were nearly normal and the client reported feeling ‘alive’ again, a more regular cycle without the flooding and dropped nearly a stone in weight.

 

Thyroid readings

1 Month

3 Months

According to British Thyroid Foundation

After 3 months Optimal?

TSH

3.6

2.5

0.4 – 4mU/L

Yes

Free T4

10.8

17.6

9 – 25pmol/L

Yes

Free T3

2.5 (Day 1)

4.5

3.1 – 6.8

Yes

Peroxidase antibodies

864 (Day 1)

332

<3.2

No

Nutrition

 

 

 

 

Ferritin

62

112

10 – 122

Yes

B12

532

780

173 – 700

Yes (want this around 800)

Folate

10

16

3-17

Yes

Vitamin D

89

119

22.3-111.8nmol/L

Yes (want this around 120)

 

 If you’ve been told there’s nothing wrong, yet don’t feel 100%, please request a copy of your past few blood tests from your GP and why not let us cast our ‘Naturopathic Eye’ with a Lab Review appointment (£100). You’ll be asked to fill out an in-depth Male or Female Questionnaire, a 3 Day Diet Journal and to book either an appointment in person, or if easier, an Online Consultation. The results need to be emailed in advance of your appointment to naturalpracticesclinic@gmail.com FAO Gabi and in the body of the text include your full name, date of birth and best contact number.