I'm an Aussie 28 year-old male, 5'9", relatively lean 170lbs, 12 months Paleo (very strict, we really only eat recipes from the reputable Paleoheads), work out moderately 4-5 times a week. My blood pressure is 110/80, down from a higher, 135/100 (during a stressful 4 months helping my wife smash breast cancer).
About 3 months into the Paleo I had a non-fasted blood test done, it only measured total cholesterol and triglycerides, so being 12 months on I asked for another one, this time to break down the cholesterol results, it was also taken after a 12-hour fast.
Total Cholesterol: 8.3 mmol/L up from 6.6 mmol/L
Triglycerides: 0.8 mmol/L up from 0.6 mmol/L
HDL: 1.7 mmol/L
LDL: 6.2 mmol/L
I haven't changed much in the recent months, I stopped supplementing with fish-oil, don't smash myself everytime I do Crossfit, and I don't really wear my Vibram Fivefingers anymore because I got teased. Anyway, I'm not sure what to make of these results, most comparisons and explanations are referred mg/dL.
I tried my best to explain the diet to my doctor but he looked at me like an idiot, told me not to eat animal fat as much, each more "good fats" and lean meats. He also remarked that my first results were high, but the most recent total cholesterol was "ridiculous". To be honest, I was ignoring him until he said that, and I'm not too worried about having high cholesterol, but am wondering if the total cholesterol figure is ridiculous by Paleo standards. I feel great, is that enough?
Sorry to ask a question that gets asked all the time, but having the HDL/LDL breakdown this time, I thought I'd have a leg to stand on.
asked bystuieblack (25)
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on November 10, 2011
at 06:42 AM
Same boat here - my tri went down and my HDL went up to 1.8 but my LDL did too and now I am at total 7.8- BUT I am VLC and Very Low Fat too eating mostly chicken and Fish - red meat 2- 3 times a wk - no dairy.
I asked my Naturo about this and he said you need to look at your risk profile - and thats not if you smoke/drink or eat fat profile - more like what Heart scan do ( http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/)
Mine is fine BTW so I am going to stop worrying because its not diet related - mine is probably related to too many hormones being made at the moment - cholesterol is needed to make estrogen and such ( or its the basis of it anyway ) thats a whole other post ! LOL
on November 10, 2011
at 07:42 AM
I converted them to the US measurement for you.
Total Cholesterol: 8.3 mmol/L = 323.7 mg/dL
LDL Cholesterol: 6.2 mmol/L = 241.8 mg/dL
HDL Cholesterol: 1.7 mmol/L = 66.3 mg/dL
Triglerides: .8 mmol/L = 71.2 mg/dL
I'm no expert, but I don't think that they look great. Your LDL is incredibly high, from what I have read this is probably from eating high carb.
on November 13, 2011
at 06:29 AM
Perhaps this will be of assistance:
I imagine that in Australia like here in NZ, LDL is all lumped together. I won't summarise Jamie's post, read it and see what you think. It could be worth investigating whether more sophisticated testing is available.
on December 20, 2011
at 05:27 PM
when i see these numbers it suggest that you were not fasting in fact you were transporting fats to be stored as water insoluble fat stores on your body. thats all i can say about it because thats all that it means. Blood is a highway of transportation. a blood test is a snapshot. purely a waste of time in my opinion to measure such nonsense. your better off looking in the mirror to measure stored fa