Questions for Wray
Hi Wray!! I've been using Nat Pro since October and have finally started to get my Estrogen Dominance under control. My doctor does all the testing but he doesn't link all the symptoms together for us like you do. He is concerned about my weight, my water retention, and now my high blood pressure (I am 47 and this is the first time I've ever had a weight issue or high blood pressure). He sees that my progesterone was low (its just coming into balance), my Vitamin D was ridiculously low, I have migranes (better now), major water retention, high blood pressure (like 153/106 sometimes!!! And its the worse when I first wake up) AND he had me take a 4 hour glucose tolerance test and he has diagnosed me with Insulin Resistance, and that is the main thing I want to ask you about.
I have always been super healthy, LOVE exercise, LOVE fruits and vegetables, but this doctor seems fixated on my diet as the cause of all of my problems. I have never been one to skip meals or go too long without eating. I started crying in his office out of frustration and he said I didn't have to do his diet.. .well, I don't MIND the diet- its just that its so similar to how I've been eating my entire life that I know its not the cause of my problems. However, I do think I could have insulin resistence because of the estrogen dominance I had, my low Progesterone, my low testoterone (it was 8 if that means anything), my low Vitamin D, and my high blood pressure. He wanted to put me on blood pressure medicine but I declined for now- my mom said, "if you think you are tired NOW, wait and see what blood pressure pills will do!" But I am open to pills that may reduce all the fluid in my system.
Okay- here are my questions:
1. I just ordered two bags of your Energy Formula and my husband is going to take it with me. My doctor said absolutely no juice, not even the kind that is 100 percent juice, but I really think juice is the easiest way to take this. Being that the 4 teaspoons of Energy Formula is to help me with my Insulin Resistance, is it okay to stir it into some juice? Or will this totally ruin what the doctor wants me to do?
2. I have gained a significant amount of weight in the last six months- about 30 lbs... I started following my doctor's diet on Feb 25 and when I went back this past week (March 11)- I had put on 4 1/2 lbs in two weeks. I really don't think its the diet- I think its my body's reaction to food. Its a very common sense diet, three main meals, snacks in between, never eat fruit without having a protein with it, no grains for the time being, etc. If I am insulin resistance, does that mean whatever I eat will be stored as fat? It sure feels like it! But in your opinion, is eating every 3-4 hours necessary to combat this disorder? What else can I do?
4. I already started the Vitamin D3-he recommended 1 2000mg tablet per day... and I am doing 3 of those, 1 with each meal to get 6000 mg which I think is more in line with you. :) He also told me to take Chromium GTF (he said the other chromiums do not work)- what is your opinion of this?
5. My thyroid tests come back in range but I think my thyroid is being compromised due to the Vitamin D deficiency and the estrogen dominance. I know there's an antibody test for the thyroid- should I get that test now or just concentrate on these other things?
5. And last, but not least- the results of my Oral Glucose Tolerance Test... I fasted for 12 hours and my initial reading was 87. I drank the sugary orange drink they gave me and 1/2 hr later, my glucose was 79. That is a weird response to straight sugar, right? It means my body is producing way more insulin than necessary, right? 1 hr later my glucose was 85. THEN (this is the weirdest part), 2 hours after drinking the sugar, my glucose was 125- that is the only reading that was out of range and I guess this is what is supposed to happen immediately after sugar. 3 hours after my glucose was 84 and 4 hours after my glucose was 86. Is this insulin resistance or is it something else? I would love to know if you have heard of this kind of reading and what it means. My doctor just says that I could become a diabetic but I don't think that's correct... I blame whatever is happening on my hormones.
Ultimately, I may have to get another doctor- a WOMAN... when he first tested my progesterone he said it wasn't low because I was in the mid-follicular phase... but I was clearly in the ovulation phase and I had to practically show him my menstrual cycle on a chart for him to see that.. geez, men!!
thank you for everything Wray!! You are a bright and shining light for all of us women. (I am 47 and still have regular periods if you need that information... I stopped using the birth control pill last year- the BEST thing I've done in a very long time!!)
Much Love- Lynne