Hack my blood work

by (562) Updated December 08, 2011 at 7:34 PM Created December 07, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get some feedback on my blood work I just received. I'm 28, I train jiu-jitsu 4 to 6 times a week walk about 15 kms every week, and I have been paleo for about 8 weeks.

Total cholesterol 251; Triglycerides 62; HDL 54; LDL 186;

Glucose 88.2;

I am a bit worried about my total cholesterol and LDL being so high. The low triglycerides tell me that I have been doing good as carb intake...

I have to go and see the doc on monday and I am sure I will be fed a lot of "eat less saturated fat". Overall I feel good and I just did the exams in order to track my progress (so I'm going to do more in the future). I dont have any exams prior to being paleo unluckily.

Any suggestions or considerations?


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105 · December 08, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Your triglyceride/hdl ratio is great, so the prediction is that if you had a VAP test done, you'd find that your LDL is mostly large and fluffy (so good). If I were you, I wouldn't be concerned at all.

30 · December 08, 2011 at 1:37 AM

I am a female late twenties and my doctor accidentally checked my cholesterol on my last blood test. My results: total cholesterol was 263 (rather high for a young female, which is supposedly the lowest risk group for high cholesterol?), HDL was in the 80's (great), trigs in the 30's (really great) and LDL was whatever was left (pretty freakin' high). So, who the crap knows.

I had the finger-prick cholesterol test done about 4-5 years ago and came back with a high result then too. No one in my family has high cholesterol, it's just me. All of this leads me to believe cholesterol is not the villain its been made out to be and quite frankly diet has little impact on its levels, OR there are non-cardiovascular reasons for it to be elevated (I have 3 autoimmune conditions).

I don't know what the point of this was other than maybe to say, don't worry about it even if your doc does tell you to change your diet (you're probably not eating white sugary things or vegetable oils if you're on here anyway).

5351 · December 08, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I know there are better qualified people here to tackle this, but from what I understand the LDL number is probably wrong. It's typically calculated rather than measured directly, and the calculation isn't accurate if your triglycerides are low. You need to try and get it measured directly, or better still get apo-B measured. I don't think your numbers are particularly unusual for paleo diet, and total and LDL cholesterol are not necessarily good indicators of health.

803 · December 08, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Give it longer; at the end of the day you yourself -know- if what you are eating is making you feel better/ giving you more energy et cetera et cetera. Numbers are just numbers; there is a huge body of scientific data to support your lifestyle choice.

Unless those numebrs indicate you're in danger of imminent cardial infraction (:P), just chill and keep doing what you're doing. Put those numbers in a draw and forget about them; in 6 months time, have another check-up and do a comparison. That's probably their greatest (and only significant use) at this point.


3127 · December 08, 2011 at 7:34 PM

your protective cholesterol level is up meaning you have a condition that needs resolving. i suggest the carbohydrate known today as vitamin C. please note vitamin c although vital contains no amines. in other words it has been miss named by scientists. i would not exceed a dose of one to two grams daily and dissolved in water. i would not try to eat this amount in foods, thats probably impossible.

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