I just got my blood work back from my term life application and my results earned me the best risk class (preferred ultra) and lowest rate. I've been eating paleo for 15 months now and I think that has contributed greatly towards the rating I received. But, there are a couple numbers that I'd like to get some input on.
There were a lot of tests they ran; grouped in Serum, Lipids, and Urinalysis. I'll highlight the ones that I think most would be interested in seeing (though to be honest, I'm not listing the other because I have no idea what they are looking for in the results). I was not in a fasted state (and they did not request one), my last meal about 3 hours prior. I'll actually add the results in a comment to spare those who don't want to see them so much.
Tests that look good to me: Glucose (serum) , Triglycerides , HDL , the two cholesterol ratios (though I'm not so sure of the LDL/HDL from the LDL level), Glucose (Urine) [<2], and pH [6.6].
What I'd like more information on are the LDL particle size (Pattern A or Pattern B) and what does it mean that it was calculated? Does a calculation make CW assumptions and therefore isn't a very accurate way of predicting for someone eating this way? According to Robb Wolf's info, I should be looking for a cholesterol total  in the 120-140 range and my LDL should be down in the 40-70 range. Both of those based on (assumed? calculated?) ancestral levels. Since the LDL level is high, that contributes to the higher total cholesterol level and affects both ratios.
For the LDL partical size, if my results come back as all or predominantly pattern A (large puffy), I won't worry too much that CW wants to put the high count in the bad zone. My total cholesterol  is in part a reflection of the high LDL level and again, if I have pattern A LDL, I'm not worried about that so much.
What other tests would you suggest? Any thoughts (good or bad) on any of the results?
asked byJim (75)
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on April 15, 2011
at 04:56 PM
Calculated means they didn't measure it.
Try these links - it's been hashed over many times around here...
My favorite quote on this is Dr. Harris - he is referring to a lecture by Dr. Doug McGuff:
'At one point in the lecture, he hints that he does not believe in doing a lot of testing. He says, ???if the number is bad, eat healthy, and if the number is good, eat healthy???. What do you need the number for?'