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first cholesterol test - what am i looking for?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

They're giving free cholesterol tests at my office this week. What numbers am I looking for? I am 35, female, 5'1, under 100 lbs, 3 months Paleo.

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Something else to consider is the time of the month as our hormone cycle has been shown to affect our cholesterol levels - http://women.webmd.com/news/20100812/menstrual-cycle-affects-cholesterol-levels.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Very interesting! I can now finally stop worrying about my low HDL. Thanks for that share gilliebean.

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on January 17, 2012
at 02:06 PM

I just knew someone would give a great link. thanks !

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on January 17, 2012
at 01:06 AM

In order to get the free test, will the results be able to be seen by your employer? If so. Don't get it done. Do you have health insurance via this employer? If so, tell your Dr' that you eat Paleo, this should prompt them to give you a VAP test which will tell you what you really want to know.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:03 PM

awesome, thanks.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:01 PM

My favourite blogpost, which has become my go to reference, for cholesterol numbers is Chris Kresser's blogpost called "5 reasons not to worry about your cholesterol numbers."

My favourite quote from the post:

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... In short trig / HDL should = less than 2. There, done.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:03 PM

awesome, thanks.

E9808a9cfe806a22c0bdaff7c010c659

(405)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:06 PM

I just knew someone would give a great link. thanks !

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Very interesting! I can now finally stop worrying about my low HDL. Thanks for that share gilliebean.

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on January 17, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I'm looking for a steak while everyone else gets a jab A.K.A. I wouldn't even take it if it was free....

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:13 AM

they are likely going to give you a screening test that involves pricking your finger and depositing a drop of blood on a test strip. my employer provides this too. that number is meaningless. my cholesterol went from being too low to measure on SAD to 6.7 eating paleo. the nurse nearly fainted when i mentioned i eat 2 dozen eggs a week. but that prompted my doctor to do extra blood work with my lipid panel. those results showed higher HDL and lower trigs which was an improvement with higher total cholesterol.

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