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Should I be worried about these test results?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Ok, I just got my yearly blood test results back and of course my doctor wants to talk to me asap because my overall cholesterol is high. I'm happy to see that my triglycerides are low and hdl is high, but should I be worried? I am a 39 yr. old female, 113 lb., very active (coach track, run, xfit 2-3 times week, cycling). I have Celiac Disease and have been eating gluten/dairy free since '03 and now grain free for about 1 yr. Here are the results:

Fasting glucose 82 A/G Reation 2.0 Total Cholest. 295 HDL 100 LDL 188 Triglycerides 36 TSH 3rd gen 1.27 C Reactive Pro.<0.5 Hemoglobin, A1C 5.0

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Thanks George, I think that this could certainly part of the answer for me.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Thank you, this is very interesting because I have been on the lower carb side and I have been wondering if eating more starch would be helpful. Thanks for the resource.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:57 AM

LDL = TC - HDL - (TG/5).....your formula.

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on February 22, 2012
at 11:14 PM

Thanks for your feedback. I am still waiting for the specific LDL numbers to come back, so hopefully they will be mostly Pattern A.

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on February 22, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I am not a cholesterol expert by a long shot, but Chris Masterjohn just did a podcast with Chris Kresser about cholesterol levels and he mentioned that if you see elevated cholesterol and low sex hormones, you may want to look into thyroid function. Since you mention you coach running and seem almost excessively active, this maybe could be an issue for you? Low thyroid will slow your lipid clearance. Here's the show link and now there is a transcript, so that's cool:

http://chriskresser.com/chris-masterjohn-on-cholesterol-and-heart-disease-part-3

...So, I think if you see those classics symptoms, if you see high cholesterol and low sex hormones, for example, I think those are good clues in addition to T3 and reverse T3 that might signify that an increase in carbohydrate intake might be needed...carbohydrate intake might be needed...

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on February 23, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Thank you, this is very interesting because I have been on the lower carb side and I have been wondering if eating more starch would be helpful. Thanks for the resource.

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I have no research to back this up, purely based on my own observations, but highly active people tend to have naturally occuring systematic inflammation related to being active. Not necessarily Omega3/6 ratio inflammation, but just normal wear and tear inflammatory responses by the body. In theory, driving LDL a little bit higher in those folks. As stated above, if the HDL is high, then this could possibly be remedied by toning down activity or eliminating it completely several days/weeks before the next test.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on February 23, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Thanks George, I think that this could certainly part of the answer for me.

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on February 22, 2012
at 11:06 PM

I'd get a VAP or equivalent cholesterol test that shows what kind of LDL you have. If it's Pattern A (large, buoyant) then you're in great shape, as far as I'd be concerned. High HDL, low trigs, and Pattern A LDL would seem about optimal. If your LDL is Pattern B (small, dense), then perhaps you should look into things. From everything I've read, however, I've gathered that on a paleo diet that's (relatively) high in saturated fat, high HDL and low trigs usually goes along with Pattern A LDL.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on February 22, 2012
at 11:14 PM

Thanks for your feedback. I am still waiting for the specific LDL numbers to come back, so hopefully they will be mostly Pattern A.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on February 23, 2012
at 03:57 AM

LDL = TC - HDL - (TG/5).....your formula.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Were these my results I would not be concerned in the least.

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on February 22, 2012
at 11:48 PM

i might be wrong but it seems like they mayve calculated your LDL. in reality it should be a LOT lower, if thats the case

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:41 PM

My cousin with similar problems told me that he found on http://cholesterol-lower.info/ the help for his problems.I heard the tips from here are very goo to combat cholesterol problems. I hope this helps.

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