By that, I mean rusty nails…not fingernails.
Saw doctor yesterday. Cholesterol is up, iron, red blood cell count and ferritin are down. Not as bad as they were 6-8 months ago, but inexplicably down into anemic territory again. Weight is also down. As I’m scarfing gluten and dairy free food like it’s going out of style, and doing some sort of exercise (either riding or working out 5x/week) almost every day, the results don’t make a ton of sense. Best guess is that there’s still some sort of ongoing absorption problem…but were that the case, one would think that my iron levels would have been sketchy at the last blood tests ~3 months ago (and they weren’t).
Going back onto iron supplements is the easy cure for the anemia…but doesn’t answer the underlying question of why it’s occurring. I eat about as good of a diet as is humanly possible. Given a family history of heart disease, the doc wants me to go on statins as well…but I think we’re going to try some herbal or non-Rx options first.
The only good news out of all of this is that the anemia hasn’t been seriously affecting me this time around. When my levels were waaaaaay off several months ago, I was feeling like crap. Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty darn ok. Hopefully, getting things back in line will bring the status up to feeling good. So short term, the goal is to utilize externalities (vitamins, etc.) to get the levels where they should be. Intermediate term, the goal is to find out why things are imbalanced when I’m sporting a balanced diet. Long term, I’m still planning on racing the Tour de France this summer.