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Hi,

 

I had one question about starting CR. I was curious as to how everyone asked their doctor to do the bloodwork on them. I was thinking about going to an online lab and just ordering the tests myself to avoid having to ask my physician about it. The Tier 2 stuff is actually rather cheap but the Tier 3 is where I find myself wondering if I should print out the list and take advantage of the (so far) free lab tests that my insurance allows.

 

A little information on me: I've played with the idea of doing CR for several years. I'm approaching 30 so, as a birthday present to myself, I started a predominately raw food diet to lose weight. After a few weeks on it I started logging my calories and I'm usually between 800-1200. I figured I might as well aim for Optimal Nutrition and consulted a few websites then talked to a nutritionist. I had blood work drawn back in November for lethargy (Mono, I had mono... at 29) so, based on those values, and my BMR, she cleared me for a diet on the condition that I eat over 1000 calories up to 1300.

 

Is there a good website for blood work? What's the best way to bring this up with my PCP? I wasn't really fond of the nutritionist so I'd rather not establish a relationship with her.

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Hi Britt.

 

Good -- and often tough! -- problem you raise. I think honesty is the best policy: just say you've read a lot of literature ("in peer-reviewed journals" often helps) about CR, and want to try it. I think that's what most people do.

 

Brian

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Thanks Michael. Recently did some repeats myself. I have seen Dean's list of labs he has done and other lists but curious what your own comprehensive list of biomarkers you check? You seem to do most endeavors comprehensively so perhaps another gold standard here ????

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To BrittA: Were you successful in getting your tests? I can see this was an old post, but just curious, as I am seeing my PCP today for the first time with the same concern. I am a female as well, perhaps we have some things in common.

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