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When are High HDL, Low Triglycerides a concern on Paleo/WAPF

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2012 at 2:39 AM

When are High HDL and low triglycerides indicative of problems on a Paleo/WAPF style diet?

I recently asked my doctor for a lipid profile. I started a more WAPF way of eating just around the time of my last lipid profile (life insurance requested) about 3.5 years ago. My HDL and triglyercides were in the fifties back then (all organic foods, not particularly high or low fat, freely ate grains).

My most recent results were HDL 92 and Triglyercides 36. I would be happy (my family has a history of heart disease and diabetes), but I just saw that high HDL may be indicative of an issue if there is inflammation or infection. I only have basic bloodwork, but my CBC, thyroid, iron, and metabolic panels are in the normal ranges. I am 5'6" and 125 pounds and my fasting glucose was 78. I am really trying to do what I can to avoid the family legacies.

If I do not have an issue to worry about, then what factors likely increased the HDL? I consume pastured meats, primarily ruminant, some raw pastured dairy (mostly higher fat items), coconut oil daily while trying to limit o6. I also eat a ton of organic veggies, keep gluten free/low grain (but moderate carb). Thanks!

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on May 06, 2012
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I eat to hunger, which probably ranges from 1800-2500 calories depending on the day. I don't formally exercise, but I do a bit of homesteading and live actively with 2 young kids and a large dog. I've been much heavier at other points in my life, including when I exercised intensely but was eating SAD.

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:54 PM

5-6/125 too thin? It's very hard to tell unless you see the bone structure, especially for women. Not knowing that, I'd say that's pretty close to ideal.

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at 02:48 PM

I might do that. I hate blood tests and don't get them often. Sigh. This is what I get because I got curious!

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on May 06, 2012
at 02:09 PM

If ur worried, why don't you get yoru crp tested?

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on May 06, 2012
at 07:34 AM

Been wondering the same. My HDL was 120, trigs low, like 25. Been thinking all kinds of thyroid issues.

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at 03:14 AM

Seems like your numbers are pretty much insanely good. At 5'6" and 125 you almost sound a little too thin to me, but then again, our perceptions of "normal" aren't necessarily the best in our modern food/health scenario. Your fasting BG, tri's and HDL look fantastic. Don't fret about fixing what ain't broke. I would imagine any physician worth his/her salt would ask you what in the heck you're doing because they wish all their patents had numbers like that!

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at 03:13 AM

Seems like your numbers are pretty much insanely good. At 5'6" and 125 you almost sound a little too thin to me, but then again, our perceptions of "normal" aren't necessarily the best in our modern food/health scenario. Your fasting BG, tri's and HLD look fantastic. Don't fret about fixing what ain't broke. I would imagine any physician worth his/her salt would ask you what in the heck you're doing because they wish *all* their patents had numbers like that.

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I was poking around the web and saw that Chris Kresser mentioned that high HDL over 85/90 can be related to inflammation or infection in the body in the PaleoFX presentation. So I started to wonder about my situation and poked around for the studies that supported this. I think that's as much as I can figure...that a high HDL with inflammation (high CRP, for example) may be problematic.

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at 02:49 AM

What? High HDL is good! HDL is the good cholesterol! You want a very high HDL. Why do you think it indicates some kind of problem?

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:52 AM

"HDL may promote fungal infections" from http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4066 If you have none stick with the answer above.

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No worries...enjoy life.

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:13 AM

They're not a concern. If you have an infection, that's a concern. Lipid profiles are not the first symptom to watch out for.

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