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Does anyone else have HDL higher than triglycerides?

Commented on November 10, 2014
Created January 17, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Hey y???all. I got my lipid test results recently, and I???m wondering how common it is for someone???s HDL-C to be higher than triglycerides. My HDL-C is 83, and my triglycerides are 28. I keep looking again because it seems like there???s no way my numbers could be that nice, but the ink on the paper never changes. Has anyone ever heard of or had numbers like these?

And for those who are afraid I'm unaware of the general craziness regarding cholesterol: I'm just curious and have no plans to change my diet to do anything about any of my numbers (which, conveniently, aren't giving my doctor any worries).

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Fascinating Kate! Thanks for sharing! :)

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:38 AM

I asked my question as a comment under this article (which I believe I came across by clicking another link to it from you under another question). Chris responded: "Very low triglycerides are sometimes seen in cases of immune dysregulation or autoimmunity." I found that quite interesting because I've had years of trouble with the cartilage in both of my knees, and I'm only 19 with no considerable injuries. My chiropractor and I both thought briefly that it may be an issue related to some kind of autoimmunity. Then again, all these could be as unrelated as parts of a human body can be.

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on January 17, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Yeah, that's how it should be, especially for females. What's your actual diet like?

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on January 17, 2012
at 06:11 AM

Yeah, my numbers are similar. Congrads! It's a good thing!

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on January 17, 2012
at 04:53 PM

This is how it's supposed to be! My last check in 2010 was trigs = 40 and HDL = 63.

Check out Chris Kresser's blogpost called "5 reasons not to worry about your cholesterol numbers."

My favourite quote from the post (which I've posted before):

But for crying out loud, if you???re going to get your lipds tested at least pay attention to the right numbers. And the most important number on a conventional lipid panel is the relationship between triglycerides and HDL. (Divide triglyercids by HDL to get it.) If that number is less than 2, this suggests you have mostly large, buoyant LDL ??? which is not a risk factor for heart disease. If that number is higher than 3, it suggests you have mostly small, dense LDL ??? which most certainly is a risk factor for heart disease.

So... trig / HDL should = less than 2.

And consequently, yes! Your HDL should be higher than your trigs!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Fascinating Kate! Thanks for sharing! :)

737471a5bc1c8b81d968c3f3fcd13b71

(389)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:38 AM

I asked my question as a comment under this article (which I believe I came across by clicking another link to it from you under another question). Chris responded: "Very low triglycerides are sometimes seen in cases of immune dysregulation or autoimmunity." I found that quite interesting because I've had years of trouble with the cartilage in both of my knees, and I'm only 19 with no considerable injuries. My chiropractor and I both thought briefly that it may be an issue related to some kind of autoimmunity. Then again, all these could be as unrelated as parts of a human body can be.

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on January 17, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Yes...and I'll wager most of us have similar numbers.

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on January 17, 2012
at 06:17 AM

56 TG, HDL 91 - tested back in May 2011, when I'd been low-carb paleo only a couple of months. Doctor said "normal", even though my TC was 233 .

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:52 AM

Last time I got it tested in October, HDL was 104, TG was 53.

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on November 10, 2014
at 10:24 AM

My HDL is 85 last test while my Triglycerides are 63 on same test. This leaves me with a ratio of 0.741176. The weird thing is that my blood sugar (A1C) has been testing too high recently. My doctor wants to put me on Metformin. I have things that I can change about my diet and lifestyle still so I am going to try those things way in advance of taking drugs. I am reading a lot about limiting dietary carbohydrates and eating enough protein and good fats (yes! that means saturated fat too). So, now I am going to pay attention to whether I eat a yam or baked potato for instance. A yam is the better choice in terms of glycemic load and you can put butter on it but no brown sugar...which I don't care about anyway. I just like butter so this may work for me lol. It is weird and contradictory that I have such good health markers in some regards and not in others. My doctor said nothing about it. Actually she said that my high blood sugar is going to make me have a heart attack. My blood work says the opposite in termes of the HDL Triglyceride ratio. I think she is just a knee jerk drug dispenser mainly. Wish me good luck counting carbs :-) I feel empowered with new food and lifestyle knowledge!

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on November 10, 2014
at 01:36 PM

Puzzling. Your trigs and HDL sound typical Paleo. High A1C doesn't fit the normal pattern for someone restricting carbs. Are you seriously overweight or overeating? Sedentary or active? And what is your fasting blood glucose?

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on January 17, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Yes. if they're not, you're doing something wrong. My HDL is 101 and triglycerides 32, or something like that.

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on November 10, 2014
at 10:38 AM

Wow 101 and 32! Maybe the lab values need to be separate for people who eat healthfully vs. people eating Big Agriculture thus high carb (most ppl in United States). The laboratory where I get tested states that Triglyceride numbers up to 200 are within the reference range.

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on January 17, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Mine are similar.

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:01 PM

yup sounds about right :-)

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