here is the simple blood work I just got back.
Started paleo jan 2011 - had blood work done in March 2011 after I had already lost 20lbs
Now total weight loss 70 lbs, female, 37
dr says Vitamin D is still low - I am taking 10,000 IUs a day - guess I should try another brand?
how does it look otherwise? I get kind of confused about blood work from a paleo perspective,..whether it should be going up or down or if even matters at all :-)
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on March 20, 2012
at 04:24 AM
That's a typical pattern when you do Paleo:
- LDL increases in most, though not all, people
- Trigs go down (but your Trigs were already low to begin with: were you LCing prior to going Paleo?)
- HDL goes up: are you taking fish oil, coconut oil, dry red wine, avocadoes; exercise regularly?
- Vit D won't move up significantly unless you supplement at 5k or 10k IU for 3-4 months. Depending on your latitude, if you're doing 10k per day, I would retest in 2 months and check your level. You should be >=70.
But those are overall, pretty good numbers: HDL at 38% of your TC. Trigs / HDL under 1. When your Trigs are 50, the LDL particle size would tend to be large and bouncy, rather than small and atherogenic.
But this is only based on your lipids. You could still have CVD risks based on inflammation or other independent risk factors. You might want to measure inflammation cytokines or other markers of CVD risk like IL-6, CRP, Ferritin, Fibrinogen, LP(a), blood pressure, etc. Your lipid #s tell only half the story. The rest is well-hidden and tucked away unless you probe with your forensic magnifying lens.
on October 24, 2012
at 05:32 PM
for my 6 month follow up
looks like I got my Vit D up to wear it should be. I have been taking Sam's club 10,000 IUs daily plus Vit K
Only thing that has change in last 6 months is I have included regular exercise 3 days a week. I havent really lost much more weight but have gained muscle.
on March 24, 2012
at 12:05 AM
Thanks for those thoughts