This post is to report my results from taking the “Kraft Prediabetes Bloodspot Profile Test” from Meridian Valley Lab.
I took the 4 hour test at home on October 13th, 2015 and sent in the blood spot test cards to the lab in a pre-paid UPS mailer the lab provides as a part of the cost of the test. The test requires 6, yes SIX, tests in which you have to poke your finger, or fingers and squeeze out FIVE large drops of blood on a card. The lab sent me back the results on Monday, November 2nd. Be forewarned, this test takes a long time and you have to get a LOT of Blood spots, 5 large blood spots per test!
This is an information page that helps you understand the numbers, from Meridian Valley Lab.
The first thing I want to make clear is this – I purposely did not Carb Load for two weeks before taking the test, as a person is recommended to do. Why? Because I want to know where I’m really at, with my real life habits. How do carbs effect me now, not after changing my diet for an extended time. Yes, I know this is not the correct way to get the test done, but believe me, I consulted with several doctor friends I have for an opinion about this before taking the test with this method.
First, I’m very pleased with my fasting insulin level, which was 3, anything below 10 is normal, but I’ve found below 5 is better.
I’ve also found in my not so scientific research (my own personal study of many studies), that fasting insulin seems to track with BMI, or waist circumference, see my graph about this below. This seems to be true in my case as well. I’m normal weight and my fasting insulin is certainly in the normal low range.
Fasting Insulin Directly Tracks with Body Fat – link from a Facebook post I did a while back.
My fasting sugar is also very good, 67 was that number. I expected to see a low number and I’m pleased with this result.
HIGH SUGAR in 2nd and 3rd Hour
My glucose numbers were much higher than I expected 170 in 1/2 hour, 203 in 1st hour and 149 in 3rd hour, even though I knew going in that they would be, because I didn’t carb load for a while before taking the test. Your body gets used to eating a certain way and doesn’t respond well to a sudden sugar challenge. The test said only the 3rd hour was high, but my doctor friends tell me the first hour should have been below 150, but my result was 203, that is a little concern to me, but I don’t give my body this level of high carb load regularly, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
VERY LOW INSULIN
The part that concerned one expert I consulted was my insulin response seems to be too low. Suggesting I probably have some loss of Beta Cell function. Unfortunately, I don’t have tests from the past that could tell me when this started. But it is very possible that I might have been diabetic before starting this diet, without actually knowing it. I’m fairly confident that the possibility of my being diabetic before losing weight is the case, it would be almost impossible to be 320 pounds and not have pre-diabetes as defined by Dr. Joseph Kraft, although there is a sub-set of people who are actually insulin sensitive even at a very high weight.
This insulin sensitive population will be a lucky minority of the over weight population.
It was recommended to me, by a doctor friend, to re-do this test after a period of carb loading to get an answer to the Beta Cell burnout question, but at this time I’m not going to do this, however, I will get regular A1c tests to keep an eye on my sugar control long term.
Looking at all this, I believe this diet was a blessing that ended up saving me from full blown out of control Type 2 Diabetes. I’m very thankful to God for guiding me to this way of life and helping me stay on this path.
Below are some of the literature that Meridian Valley Lab sends with the test, to help you understand the results.
The cost of the test is a little over $200 dollars and it will probably take about 3 or more weeks to get your results back.
For a much better explanation of this test please watch Ivor Cummings video interview with Dr. Joseph Kraft.
Link to unedited Video of me taking test.
Too long and boring, but might interest some. It takes a lot of blood to do this test and it requires about 17 hours without food, which isn’t hard for me, but might be for you, if you’re not used to fasting, like I am.
I wrote the following on my Facebook page on Oct. 13th, 2015
Perspective on my Glucose/Insulin Test
I want to put a little perspective on the test I did this morning, because some of you are concerned I’m either doing something harmful to myself or that my test will not be accurate.
First, I want the test to be a true measure of where I am now, not something artificial that reflects how I would react if I carb loaded for several days. I want to know how my body reacts to a single carb load. What happens to my blood sugars for the four hours afterward? What happens to my insulin response after a carb load?
As I told you over a year ago when my video “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off” came out, now that I’m normal weight, I can and do eat a limited amount of whole food carbs, like potatoes. Since reaching normal weight, I DO NOT Feel good at zero carbs. That’s me, you are DIFFERENT, you have to do what I have done, forget the textbooks and expert opinions and ACTUALLY experiment on yourself to see what is good for you. What makes you feel good.
Now in saying that, let’s look at the test. It was 100 grams of dextrose (glucose) – pure carbohydrate. It wasn’t evil fructose that went to my liver. It was glucose, the sugar that every cell in my body can burn.
Next, I maintain a lower carb diet of somewhere around 50 to 75 grams of whole food carbs per day, every single day that I eat. So this 100 gram dextrose load is only a little more than I normally eat.
If you’re trying to lose weight, or if you are Type 2 diabetic, then MY LEVEL of carbs are probably not for you. You simply must find your own level by personal experimentation. If you think you can just follow someone else to health, you are mistaken. You have to learn from your own personal diet guru, which is your own body. It will tell you the answers, if you listen and obey.
Lastly, I’m mostly concerned with insulin. Chronically high insulin is the root of metabolic evil, I want to know if what I’m doing is working. In other words. I feel great doing what I’m doing, but what’s going on inside? I will soon know.
Check out some of my other interesting articles, here on this website:
Year in Review – this is a summary of my work with links
Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off – article with the complete script to my video and lots of links to articles about this topics in that video.
Why Are Fat People Hungry? – article and video to answer the question of how a person who is very fat, with a lot of extra energy stored on their body, could still be hungry.
Fasting – If you want to know more about intermittent fasting, start here.
Lab Results – my actually lab results from the blood test I talk about in my Butter video.
The scale is not your friend – That Lying, Cheating, No Good, Bubble Bursting, Dream Crushing Scale
Butter in the Bible and other ancient cultures – Butter, Man’s Ancient Food