Been Paleo since the beginning of the year. Got my labs done back 04/14/12 and they had improved over the original labs done last year before going Paleo.
I have been pretty strict but I do eat a lot of fruit and probably drink too much beer and other adult beverages.
I know that a lot of people come on here saying that their numbers got worse but I think that is typically in the first few months. Mine got better and then apparently got worse. I don't subscribe to conventional wisdom but I would really appreciate any insight you guys might have on these numbers. My biggest concern is probably the LDL-P (nmol/L) result of 1,305. I am thinking I need to increase my veggie intake in place of some of the fruit and maybe some of the meat?
Thank you very much for your help.
asked byspayne (298)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on August 31, 2012
at 11:26 PM
Your elevated ApoB and LDL-P suggests to me a trend towards small, dense (pattern B) LDL. This is a much worse than larger LDL particles (pattern A). Your Lp-PLA2, which is often used to determine vascular inflammation is lower, but still high. This isn't a good, but it's good that it's on a declining trend.
Not knowing the specifics of your diet, my broad recommendation would be to increase LDL protective antioxidants like CoQ10 and vitamin E (but I highly advice against supplementing the latter as a-tocopherol). Virgin red palm oil is rich in both of these nutrients if you can find it. Finally, watching total PUFA intake may also be good.
on November 17, 2012
at 04:11 AM
You're another person focusing too much on cholesterol numbers way too soon after starting your diet. How long were you on your diet before the test? 4 months? How much change do you think will show in a 4 month old diet regimen?
Looking at your prior results, you were clearly low-carbing. I don't know what you mean when you say u been Paleo since beginning of year, but prior to that, you were VLCing, weren't you? I'd wait a full year before your numbers stabilize. It's a waste of money to do a VAP or NMR test 4 months after. Save that for your anniversary. I'd not be so alarmed by the rise in LDL-P and Apo B, for it may be temporary as your overall particle size increases ... though the # of particles should stay the same or decrease. But it's too hard to tell if you're losing weight or if you're in the process of lowering your inflammation. CRP does often increase initially when you VLC; it might have decreased if you may have gone whole foods and upped your carbs.
As for grass-fed vs. grain, good if you do it but has ZERO EFFECT on your cholesterol numbers. Perhaps some bearing on your CRP but zero effect on any cholesterol components.