This is my first question here. I've recently received my blood test. I've been following pretty much a paleo diet (with a few cheats now and then) and I'm a little bit alarmed regarding my lipid profile. The names are in Spanish but I think they are pretty similar to English.
Here it is:
CGT stands for Gamma-glutamyl Transpeptidase (I think)
My tryglicerides seems to be a little bit high, as well as my LDL and Uric Acid. I'm not particularly worried about total cholestelerol level, but the ratio seems to me not so good.
I do not eat grains (almost) and I eat dairy (cheese) quite often.
One day before the testing I fasted for 18 hours more or less.
What are your thoughts about them? How can I improve the ratios?
EDIT AFTER SOME RESEARCH
I've been resesarching this a little bit further. It seems to me that it could be related to a genetic intolerance to saturated fat. ApoE gene could be a explanation as posed by Dr. Davis.
In my analisys ketone bodies were 50 and my glucose is 60 so I assume that I'm on ketosis and somehow my cells are not able to handle all this lipids. For those of you interested here are two articles that explains this:
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on December 18, 2011
at 08:00 PM
As you mention in my original VAP post, our situations are similar. I think we will find that many people fall into this category and must eat a specific Paleo diet coupled with regular exercise.
You should take a look at my latest entry from a few weeks ago:
Lots of factors have helped me so far, but key among them I believe to be the following:
- Heavily reduced dairy (butter, ghee, cream, cheese)
- Elimination of coconut oil
- Fasted "cardio" style exercise (brisk paced walking and/or jogging) for 20-25 min 3-4 times per week. For me, this is in addition to weight lifting 3x per week.
It should be noted that I still eat a fair amount of carbs, including bananas, dark chocolate, rice, and have added back in potatoes and I feel fine. When I cook potatoes now, I cook them in mac nut oil or avocado oil and use very little (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.)
I have been feeling much better lately with regard to the uneasy feeling in my chest. I think I may have successfully brought down my levels of blood lipids to a point that, so long as I continue to maintain my new exercise routine, I would be ok to eat some C/O and some more dairy, but I will never return to my previous consumption levels, especially with respect to putting butter on everything and frying lots of things in coconut oil and ghee. Also, I don't even buy cream anymore. I used to eat a bowl of fruit with heavy cream all the time. Now I never do that, and I use only a dollop of pure half and half for my coffee and don't even finish a pint every 2 weeks. But I think coconut oil should be fine in moderation. Travis has made an interesting case for MCTs to possibly play a role and it may be true, but I am more suspect of the heavy amount of palmitic acid in the full fat dairy. This is why I think Chris Kresser and Kurt Harris might wanna consider rethinking the whole "diesel fuel" recommendation for dairy. Kresser says in part 3 of his perfect health series to "eat as much as you like" of LCSFA. Well... I question that as a blanket recommendation now. I am pretty certain that it cannot apply to everyone. However, I still respect both Kresser and Harris and definitely value their tremendous input to this community.
Anyway, you'll just need to tweak and re-test until you find what your body responds best to. I'm kinda still in the middle of that.
on December 17, 2011
at 11:21 PM
I'm not getting a very clear picture here. In the comments to Syrio's question you lay out a typical day as quite low carb with very occasional pizza. And on the day that your labs were taken you were in ketosis. But then you say you do eat Paleo starches: rice, tubers, potatoes.
Saturated fat can raise your LDL and total cholesterol, but it doesn't raise triglycerides. Triglycerides that are as high as yours are almost certainly from a high carbohydrate intake, and it doesn't matter if they are Paleo approved sources. Since this is the most likely culprit, if you really want to be sure, you should track your carbohydrate intake for a couple of weeks and see where you really stand.
Your triglyceride/HDL ratio, which is over 4.5, strongly suggests metabolic syndrome, so serious carb restriction (under about 30g/day) is likely to benefit you.
on December 16, 2011
at 12:32 PM
Take a look at this thread:
You need to lower tryglicerides to begin with: eat very low carbohydrates, omega-3 and niacin until triglycerides <100.
Are you from Spain?