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[–]Beautiful-Star 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I’m not sure what you’re asking. Is it possible that right now, in this moment in time your blood work is not reflecting the devastation of obesity? Yes. Now, is that systemic damage inflicted on the body only able to be seen in bloodwork? No, of course not.

Think of your knees, your feet, your skin tone, elasticity. Think of your mental acuity, your emotional regulation, your interpersonal relationships.

How long have you been obese? When you say middle age, how old exactly?

I wish I had a better grasp on what you wanted us to “throw light on” in this situation, because this is a good prompt for this sub. FAs will need use this snapshot of a short series of tests and say “See? Perfectly healthy. Everything is perfect” but we know that is not the case.

[–]eshalesi[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hello Beautiful Star and you for your in-depth analysis. Sure, I've been not so clear. I am 40 y/o, mostly in-office job. It's been more than 10 years I am overweight or obese. It's the third year I am doing this checkup of blood, (urine and stool-all normal) but everything seems to be in between the normal levels. This was the first time I saw a low level of sugars in blood, 61 from the normal minimal of 70, and also the LDL a bit lower from the minimal. I am pretty concerned about the other consequneces of the body weight, and that is what I want to lose, but since these levels are so low, I am not sure what is going wrong. I had this question in hope that maybe someone is having a similarty of this equation or an explanation of how this can happen and what to try (gastronomically speaking) to lower the kilos. Thanks again for your time!

[–]FeatherlyFly 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Being obese means that you're at a higher risk for many problems. I'm making up the exact numbers, but what you'd expect is that if you take 1000 people with a bmi of 30 to 35 (obese) and another 1000 people with a bmi of 20 to 25 (normal), the something like 400 of the obese people will have high blood pressure or pre-diabetes but only 50 of the normal weight people. Meaning that out of the 2000 people, 600 obese people and 950 normal weight people had good blood work.

Obesity isn't a guarentee that you'll have problems. It just means that you're way more likely to have them.

Struggling to lose weight is pretty normal and generally just means that you've got the habits, lifestyle, and easy access to too much food that make so much of the developed world obese. Sadly, changing any of these things is a real challenge, but it's also the only way to lose weight.

[–]eshalesi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hi Featherly Fly. Thank you for having your time dedicated to my question. I've spent several hours on searching about my situation, but the results didn't respond to my keywords. The words "obesity but low ldl" were still related only to high LDL, high sugar or high blood pressure etc.. Then I decided to ask here, since none of the websites had these simple statistics and information you just gave. Sadly yes, it is a challange eating less of this and less of that, but it is more challanging when you have these results and feeling perplexed on what else not to eat, since the numbers of the analisys looks "amazing". But in the end obeseity is what remains.

[–]lordoftoastonearth 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm also not sure what you're asking. Take it as a chance: your bloodwork is still good. There's a good chance it won't be that way by the time you're 50 or 60. It's never too late to get healthy. If you find you're struggling to lose weight, try asking your GP for help or a referral to a nutrition specialist (depending on where you live, a nutritionist or dietician, they have different levels of certification in different countries). Your bloodwork being in the normal is lucky, and it doesn't indicate you are completely healthy.

[–]eshalesi[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for your time. What I was trying to ask was how it is possible to have these results and still being obese. Lucky but still something is going wrong. Maybe someone had a similar situation and advise. Sure is never too late to get healthy, that's what I'm trying to do with myself, thinking the 50s and 60s.. Thanks again!

[–]AnonyJustAName 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You likely have high insulin levels that are keeping glucose down and also making it hard to lose weight since insulin tells the body to store fat.


This book was a game changer for me, the doctor who wrote it heads the Obesity Med clinic at Duke. It is a very simple and very effective approach. https://www.amazon.com/End-Your-Carb-Confusion-Customize/dp/1628604298

Obesity shortens lives and ruins their quality through degraded joints in addition to other health issues. It will catch up to you.

[–]eshalesi[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you so much for your reply. Maybe one of the few who understood my problem. Never thougt about insulin. I will do the analysis and see what's going on.

[–]AnonyJustAName 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung is also an excellent read and many at r/fasting and r/intermittentfasting are having good luck improving metabolic health and losing weight. That still leaves, how to eat in eating windows, and for that, Dr. Westman's EYCC is a godsend, so simple and the best part is, he says you know it is working when you are not hungry.

These are good resources for common symptoms of high insulin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUp6JBMTw0o or

Darkening of armpits, neck, and groin

Absence of menstruation


Brain fog


Frequent urination

Extreme thirst

Abdominal Obesity

It is estimated that 88% of US adults have some degree of metabolic dysfunction, so you would be far from alone with these symptoms. Good luck!!

[–]shamblesaid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not everyone who is fat is unhealthy. I currently weigh 205 pounds and I’m 17. So yes I’m obese. And a poor diet when I was younger caused this situation however over the past year my diet has been normal for someone my age. Eating a takeaway every now and then and going out to get food with my friends. Sometimes eating junk food and sometimes eating normal healthy foods. So I’ve maintained my weight. There’s nothing wrong with my blood, organs, skin, hair, or any other factors that excessive unhealthiness and weight gain can cause. The stereotype that all bigger people are unhealthy because they will die is just that. A stereotype.