What do you think? Am I ready to start?
Total Cholesterol: 201 mg/dL (Recommended: <200)
HDL Cholesterol: 75 mg/dL (Recommended: 29-71)
Triglycerides: 24 mg/dL (Recommended: 44-200)
Iron: 148 ug/dL (Recommended: 50-160)
Uric Acid: 5.7 mg/dL (Recommended: 3.4-7.0)
Glucose: 90 mg/dL (Recommended: 76-110)
asked byAmadeuAndrade (83)
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on April 17, 2013
at 01:52 AM
Your HDL is high and your triglycerides are low. Those are both great, and should get even better (higher HDL and lower Trigs) with paleo. Rising HDL may increase your total cholesterol and get your doctor all worried, but in reality that's a good reason to have an increase in total cholesterol.
What I don't see there is LDL-C (LDL-count, although it's really calculated, not counted) or LDL-P (number of LDL particle numbers only measured through a test your doctor probably never orders called an "NMR"). LDL is considered the "bad" cholesterol (not entirely true). Sometimes LDL may increase with paleo. Whether or not that's a bad thing in light of rising HDL and lowering trigs is debatable. In particular, if your LDL count goes up as your trigs go down, you have to take the LDL-C number with a grain of salt, because the formula to calculate LDL-C becomes inaccurate when your trigs are below 100 (as they already are). So does an increase in LDL-C mean anything at all??? I don't think there's a clear answer on that.
Some people see their totals and LDL (C or P) really soar on paleo, and the question there is what does that mean? Many experts believe it spells doom with increased cardiovascular risk, but others point out that the standard norms are based on people who are eating SAD, not a Paleo diet. I don't think there's a consensus in the paleo community, but traditional medicine believes this is very dangerous, so be prepared for your doctor to get really upset and push statins if this happens to you.