Is this LDL level okay, 3 months into Paleo

Asked on October 03, 2013
Created October 03, 2013 at 2:34 PM

So I am almost 12 weeks into a Paleo-like low carb diet. I have been basically just eating meat and some almonds during this time, a few avocados, probably a half dozen slices of pizza I guess, but basically just meat.

I'm down 27 pounds from 196, and am now JUST inside the "normal weight" classification if you go by BMI (I know this isn't a good measure, but I just want to give an idea of where I'm at.)

I got my first blood test in many years today, and according to my doctor, everything seemed okay except my LDL. Here are my readings:

please note these are all in mmol/L , not mg

Triglycerides: 0.75

Cholesterol: 4.83

HDL Cholesterol: 0.99

Cholesterol/HDL ratio: 4.9

LDL Cholesterol (Calculated): 3.50

NON HDL Cholesterol: 3.84

I also got a urine test, and all my levels were within the ranges they print on the readout. My GLUCOSE-FASTING was 3.8 mmol/L (they quote a range of 3.6 - 6.0)

So my question is: Basically, when the doctor gave me my results, she seemed fine with every result, other than my HDL and LDL.

The HDL she said "we like to see higher than 1.0 on this", and obviously my 0.99 is very close to that.

The LDL, I forget her exact words, but she was saying it should be lower (2.5??), but that how low depends on my heart disease risk, then she repeated that, "it all depends on your heart disease risk." Then we didn't end up discussing my heart disease risk haha! She did say some stuff about "to increase this, you do things like exercise, eat vegetables (maybe she mentioned fruit), flax seed oil, omega fish", etc.

My basic question though is: 3.5 seems at least borderline high, but is this possibly typical in early stages of Paleo, after a lot of weight loss? I've read things that indicate it could be, but I'm not 100% clear. The fact that basically ALL my other readings are fine is what makes me wonder especially. She's a new doctor to me and I didn't actually mention my weight loss, since most of my visit was related to a different thing altogether (jaw issue, so not related to nutrition/blood in any way)

I wish I had blood tests from the past, but unfortunately it's been maybe 10 years since I had one, so I have no clue if this LDL represents a much lower number than 3 months ago or not.

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