Is there blood test to determine if my diet is on the right track?
Asked by aboomar4 on Nov 28, 2010
in Weight Loss
You can measure vitamin and mineral levels in the blood and markers of nutritional status, such as complete blood count (CBC) and serum albumen level, although those tests are rarely done unless there is a medical problem. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a measure of inflammation which may or may not be related to diet. The success of a weight loss diet is measured by changes on the scale, and in Body Mass Index (BMI), body measurements, fat-to-muscle ratio, the fit of clothes, and subjective changes like feeling more energetic. For those with medical conditions associated with abnormal blood tests, such as glucose intolerance, high triglycerides and fatty liver, favorable changes in blood test results can be an indirect measure of dieting success. For anyone on a strict ketogenic diet, the presence of ketones in the blood is a measure of success. Dieters taking part in metabolic studies may have other blood markers measured as well.