Hi I recently started Paleo and also recently had blood work done for an annual physical. My triglycerides were on the high side and my doctor would like me to try to get them down. I've read two schools of thought - lower saturated fat and cholesterol intake OR move towards a low carb diet. I've done that before... but it includes bacon, cheeses and everything FULL fat. These theories seem to contradict each other. Plus, I would really like to remain on the paleo way of life!
I believe my biggest questions is what will work? Should I stay paleo and aim to lower my carbs, but keep my coconut oil and bacon? Or should I remove some of the fat from my diet? HELP!!!!
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on March 15, 2013
at 05:29 AM
My trigs went higher, but it was due to dropping lots of weight. My understanding is that while you are losing weight, the triglycerides are released from the fat molecules and so there is an increase in the blood (forgive me if I'm explaining that incorrectly). Once my weight stabilized my trig levels lowered below 80.
Are you dropping pounds right now? If yes, that could be the issue.
on March 14, 2013
at 09:00 PM
It does depend on your genetics. However a fairly typical lipid panel for high-sat-fat diet is rock-bottom trigs, high HDL, but also high LDL. See e.g. http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/6-month-lipid-panel-update-on-my-nutritional-ketosis-n1-experiment/16449 for some discussion.
on March 16, 2013
at 02:37 AM
My trigs are very low, dropping precipitously with low carb, high fat. I've read that carbs elevate trigs, but weight loss can be a factor as discussed above.
on March 15, 2013
at 01:21 AM
Curious what you're eating, and what your total cholesterol & HDL look like?
I eat a reasonably high fat diet, a bit less than 30% carb, and I've been wondering if my trigs are really too low & I should eat a bit more carb. There is remarkably little data on long term outcomes w/ low trigs.