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by 0 · June 19, 2014 8:38 PM

Hello!I can't understand what could be the culprit of too high triglycerides while having normal LDL.Here are the details:Total cholesterol: 255.6 mg/dLTriglycerides: 1188.7 (!!!) mg/dLHDL: 21.7 mg/dLLDL: 80 mg/dLVLDL: 153.9 mg/dLAt the same... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · June 18, 2014 8:35 PM

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE:High trigs, low HDL, 3-4 bottles of wine a week? Fatty liver disease. See a doctor, PRONTO. You may be on the path to liver cirrhosis.

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by 1972 · April 18, 2014 8:58 PM

Hi all, My fiance got his lab work back today and I am shocked at the results. He is a relatively healthy 27 year old.. 5'10 180lbs. His diet could be better but it isnt horrible... not completly paleo but not anything like your average... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · April 18, 2014 8:58 PM

Before I went Paleo I had a fairly decent diet (relatively speaking), I ate lots of veggies, not much starch, I ate bread and gluten-based stuff but not that much (maybe 6-8 servings per week). My main form of exercise was running, I didn't do... (more)

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by 0 · April 17, 2014 6:32 PM

When I got an insurance screen about two months ago and I had LDL of 299, but a still normal CHOL/LDL ratio. I eat a generally healthy diet with lots of protein and fruit/veggies and a very little dairy/processed foods. I do, however, eat... (more)

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thhq 0 · April 17, 2014 6:32 PM

I have heard that insurance companies will hammer you for high LDL and obesity, but never had it happen personally.. Unfortunately the only way I know that works to lower LDL significantly is statins. I never had any luck with the dietary... (more)

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by 2611 · December 27, 2013 2:09 PM

I am helping coordinate a health testing event at which we're doing free cholesterol measurements for visitors. The problem is, those cholesterol test strips are *expensive*. We can probably afford to measure HDL, LDL, *or* total cholesterol,... (more)

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thhq 0 · December 06, 2013 3:37 AM

This predictor for CV health shows a strong positive effect from raising HDL and a weak negative effect from raising TC. http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/calculator.asp In tweaking this model I found that the negative effect of LDL in raising... (more)

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by 20 · July 01, 2013 3:10 PM

I recently had blood work done and it seems like the ratios are alright, but the overall cholesterol is a little high and I noticed that the HDL is high as well. Does cardio exercise tend to increase HDL levels? Total: 209 Triglyceride: 89 HDL:... (more)

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Kevin_38 0 · July 01, 2013 3:10 PM

Yes. My HDL went up considerably after adopting a cardio routine.

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by 2483 · May 23, 2013 5:00 PM

For those suffering with cholesterol issues I can only heartily recommend the Paleo diet, and specifically consuming plenty of coconut oil, butter (ghee), and keeping a lid on carbohydrates. ==== Background (June 2012) In June last year I was on... (more)

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elf27 0 · May 23, 2013 5:00 PM

You might want to watch out for copper deficiency, (copper is present in beef liver, not chicken liver or pork liver) which can affect your cholesterol levels (in the long-term). I think you could see further gains with the aid of diet - beef... (more)

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by 263 · May 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Hi Guys, I've had a terrible time getting my doctor to call me back regarding my results from my physical a month ago. The office lady was able to tell me my cholesterol number was 265 HDL:89 / LDL: 176. She said everything else was normal I... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · May 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I don't like it when they say "Everything else is normal". What does that mean???? What may be "normal" for someone eating SAD may not be what you're aiming for. Your HDL is plenty high, so that suggests your trigs will be low and your ratios... (more)

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by 39204 · November 26, 2013 7:09 AM

Back in March of 2011, I got a lipid panel run after eating a diet loaded with butter and cream and at or less than 100g of carbs per day for 6 months or so. Pretty standard "paleo/primal" or "perfect health" diet, right? My lipids were as... (more)

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Sataran 0 · July 27, 2013 6:06 AM

This seems to be genetic diversity at work. You seem to be either homo- or heterozygously ApoE4. 1 out of 4 is ApoE4 but the result is so inordinate and stupendous that doctors notice. This, and not necessarily Ancel Keyes' biased treatise on... (more)

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by 20 · February 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hi all, Ive been at 95% paleo for about 4 weeks now. I'm getting pretty used to it! Ive also been doing Gluten Free at the same time. The 5% is the sugar in my morning coffee ;) Anyways, now that Ive been eating more clean Ive noticed that my... (more)

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Kelly_9 0 · February 11, 2013 6:35 PM

First of all, a total Cholesterol of 202 isn't "high" and might be in the optimal range, according to some folks (take a look at Perfect Health Diet for one example). Second, four weeks is not a long time to resolve issues, so you may have more... (more)

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by 15 · August 05, 2013 5:44 PM

I'm trying to lower my Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio. First, before you accuse me of being un-paleo and buying into the lipid hypothesis, note that I’m just trying to bring my numbers in line with what Robb Wolf suggested in the podcast referenced... (more)

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Lazza 0 · January 14, 2013 9:26 PM

BodyHacker, I don't have the same cholesterol profile as you and so I really don't know if your plan will work. But I have suggestions... 1) I personally don't like that you have factored in some cheating that would prevent you from going 100%... (more)

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by 253 · May 15, 2013 4:19 AM

I've been on a low-carb, paelo-style diet since June. Since then, I've lost 65 pounds. And I've seen significant improvements in mood, energy, ability to exercise, etc., and I've seen a number of chronic problems improve or disappear: acid... (more)

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Lazza 0 · December 02, 2012 1:12 PM

Gosh, I'd like to know the answer as well. My HDL is typically in the 30s. One time, about 20 years ago, it was 42 but that was when I was doing hard cardio workouts. The last time I checked it was 34, and this was after being on a paleo diet... (more)

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by 1213 · November 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

For the last ten years, I've had HDL ranging between 15 and 40 mg/dl, but usually averaging around 30-32 mg/dl. The Paleo diet has done nothing to increase it including low carb and regular carb options. Doctors have told me it's likely genetic.... (more)

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Juliet_2 0 · November 28, 2012 8:06 PM

The first thing to understand is that doctors measure two totally different types of cholesterol in your blood. LDL is the bad or "sticky" cholesterol. Your body makes this from saturated and trans fats. It cannot make HDL cholesterol from that... (more)

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by 549 · November 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

GMO tomatoe link Please read. Looking forward to the responses. Don't worry about it being a nightshade, for the purposes of my question just imaginge its spinach, or broccolli or something you'd eat without worry. (more)

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miked_2 0 · November 06, 2012 7:17 PM

GMO isn't scary by itself. Lots of people are trying to make GMO be a scary thing: from the envrionuts who go around dressed in HASMAT suits protesting all the way to reasonable bloggers. This is yet another area where context matters: why is... (more)

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by 253 · August 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Up until last June, I was severely obese - 73 inches, 295 pounds, BMI of 39. In May, I read Gary Taubes' books. I gave myself a glucose-tolerance test, and peaked at 177 an hour after eating 70 grams of bread, easily high enough to indicate... (more)

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Quilless 0 · August 28, 2013 6:23 PM

It does take a little time for the result of your efforts to be seen in your lipid levels. So hang in there and see what it looks like 5-6 months from the beginning of your efforts. Also, I went from having an HDL of 46 to an HDL of 68. Only... (more)

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by 0 · November 05, 2012 3:48 PM

I have been following paleo pretty strongly for the past 10 months. I got my blood work back today. I am a 27yr old Male, active CrossFitter. My typical diet consists of around 4 eggs per days, lots of spinach, chicken, roast beef, a half... (more)

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Mambo 0 · November 05, 2012 3:48 PM

Cut out agave nectar. It's a fructose bomb and can damage your liver. If you use it too much, it will cause inflammation. How are your liver enzymes? If they're high, that's your inflammation source right there. Second, you need to focus on... (more)

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by 7249 · July 26, 2012 1:43 PM

Yesterday I went and got the most basic cheap lipid profile done at Labcorp and this morning got my results. Total Chol 179 HDL 75 LDL 90 Triglycerides 72 Ration of Total/HDL 2.4 I eat bacon at least 4 days per week, a minimum of a pound of... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · July 25, 2012 3:27 PM

You are too funny! Things I noticed: Your HDL is too high. Cut the saturated fat and your HDL should drop. Your trigs are too low. Add some heart healthy whole grains like Fruit Loops to get those trigs back up where they ought to be. You... (more)

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by 836 · September 19, 2012 1:44 AM

Hey I recently got some bloodwork done. Just turned 25. Total cholesterol was above 11mmol/l LDL cholesterol was above 9mmol/l HDL was 1.41 mmol/L Triglycerides were 1.06 mmol/L Background: for the past 2-3 weeks I've been dieting with a fairly... (more)

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Dan_39 0 · August 28, 2012 7:41 AM

Euthyroid Sick Syndrome. Get a full thyroid panel done, ESS can be deceiving since TSH isn't strongly affected but your T3 levels plummet.

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by 5323 · July 05, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Okay, I am not freaking out over this at all, its more a matter of curiosity. When I ate very poorly, super high carb, very little fat or meat except junk food, my LDL was overly high, and my HDL "normal". Now ive been on paleo whole foods, low... (more)

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Jon_11 0 · July 05, 2012 at 10:25 AM

As time goes on, I'm becoming less and less convinced of the LC way of living. If it makes you feel better overall, fantastic! But I've been reading and hearing too many stories in the AE (ancestral eating) community that support negative effects... (more)

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by 4232 · June 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Total Cholesterol 331 with HDL at a whopping 175 and LDL at 135. Triglycerides are at 56. That's the highest HDL I've ever seen. Do folks think these are accurate results given the low triglyceride levels? Or what? thanks

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Jamie_14 0 · June 12, 2012 1:06 PM

56/175=0.32 which is <2 meaning most likely mostly fluffy and not dense LDL. (Just trying out the new equation I learnt). As for if its accurate, I have not a clue. That does seems like a high HDL. What triglycerides level is too low? or HDL... (more)

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by 6629 · May 22, 2012 9:17 PM

My previous 505TC 450LDL thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/86169/hack-my-ridiculous-blood-work-450-ldl-updated#axzz1vXU3Wy9t My new results are in: TC: 204 HDL: 61 LDL: 130 TRIG: 63 Im happy with this, what do you think? I stopped eating... (more)

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Infinitum 0 · May 22, 2012 9:17 PM

Thank you for the update. I remember reading your earlier post awhile ago. I'm struggling to bring my ever increasing cholesterol back down. I'll have to try cutting out eggs for a bit and see what happens, even though I've had good cholesterol... (more)

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by 0 · May 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

just got my results back from the lab Should I be concerned at how insanely high my Cholesterol up from Feb 2011 Total CHOLESTERAL 4.42 now 5.51 HDL CHOL = 1.02 now 1.06 LDL CHOL = 2.79 now 3.78 LDL/HDL RATIO = 2.7 now 3.36 Triglycerides =... (more)

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peter_5 0 · May 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Your levels are as follows Chol 213 HDL 41 LDL 146 Trig 96 Your total levels are not high, however you HDL is low (bad), your LDL is high (bad), and your trigs are slightly high, your HDL/Trig ratio is important and yours is the wrong... (more)

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by 5002 · May 17, 2012 9:31 PM

According to the New York Times - high HDL is not as good as previously thought. We Paleohackers tend to have pretty elevated HDL numbers. So, my question is, does this new study make us reconsider the way that we interpret high HDL numbers? (more)

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J_Neal 0 · May 17, 2012 9:09 PM

HDL, LDL and other indicators are hyped up by the Pharmaceuticals so that you will want them and therefore they make billions each year on Statins. If you are on Statins now, look closely at the side effects and the class action suits out there. ... (more)

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by 3621 · May 12, 2012 3:23 PM

I finally got a little blood work done. It was my first time, (being uninsured my whole adult life) so there's no "before" to compare to but there was some pretty good news, i think. Like for example my cholesterol: TC 151LDL 68HDL 78Trigs... (more)

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VB 0 · May 12, 2012 2:22 AM

This is so interesting. My blood work was spectacular during my celiac days when I was not even aware of the fact I was celiac. I went Paleo in October (right after my blood work was done). Had another blood work done in March. I had spinach and... (more)

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by 543 · May 07, 2012 5:24 PM

Total 260, HDL 69, LDL 171, Triglycerides 58 The total and LDL were tagged as high, and it was recommended that I start eating a low-fat diet, quit drinking, quit eating high-cholesterol and fatty foods and start exercising more. My blood... (more)

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Sal_1 0 · May 07, 2012 5:24 PM

Its probably also good to request them to parse out your LDL into two different profile. If you have a large amount of large puffy LDL it is mostly likely okay.

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by 15 · May 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM

When are High HDL and low triglycerides indicative of problems on a Paleo/WAPF style diet? I recently asked my doctor for a lipid profile. I started a more WAPF way of eating just around the time of my last lipid profile (life insurance... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · May 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM

They're not a concern. If you have an infection, that's a concern. Lipid profiles are not the first symptom to watch out for.