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How long does it take for diet to impact blood work?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Hi all! I have been paleo for 26 days (yay!) and am due for a doctors appointment soon. I've always had normal blood work, though I'm curious to see how paleo has impacted my results. My slightly disjointed question is:

Is it too soon to note a difference? Will my blood work reflect the past month, will it reflect the past few months (non-paleo included), or will it reflect the last few days?

On a side note, I am hoping it's more of the last few weeks as I recently became acquainted with coconut butter and managed to polish off half a jar in one sitting. I don't plan on doing that regularly but I don't want that to shake up my blood work either.

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I had similar results in a similar timeframe, couple of weeks.

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Thank you Lex! I'm glad you're enjoying paleo, keep up the good work!

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Thanks Theresa! Glad you saw great results!

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on March 10, 2012
at 01:27 PM

The answer is yes no maybe check back again later all the above.

Some thing change fast, some move slow, some you won't notice, and some it depends on where you were when you started.

I had some numbers that took 3-6 months to turn around, but they were way off- like trigs, insulin, cortisol, serious problems.

Your rate of change is highly dependent on your state of health to start with.

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on March 10, 2012
at 07:46 AM

Got some blood work done 5-6 months after going full paleo, and it was ok. "Good" by the doctor's standards, but I wanted to see something better.

If you want to collect some good data, I'd see if you can get blood drawn every six months. One of my friends who has a cholesterol problem had her doctor request that her levels be tested every six months. Although, if you just tell your doctor how much sat fat you eat, he'll probably be drawing blood the next day.

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on February 25, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Not sure this will help but I had just started the paleo diet and been diong it about 10 days when I got a A1C (to test for pre-diabetes). It was totally normal. I only mention this in that I am very overweight and lived off junkfood and sugar prior to going on that diet. So the fact that it was a good number and I believe tests for insulin levels based on a few months was a good sign. It really made me want to learn more and stick to this plan. Since I had no prior tests and can't compare of course but still I think it's good :)

55c03c49126a7a408b52ee115e3c31b2

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Thank you Lex! I'm glad you're enjoying paleo, keep up the good work!

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on February 25, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I can tell you that I went Paleo on August 1 and by November 15 my bloodwork was unbelievably good. My blood lipids weren't great to start off with but, even though yours were good to begin with, I still think you will see an improvement, specifically in: increased HDL, lowered Triglycerides, lower fasting glucose.

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Thanks Theresa! Glad you saw great results!

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I got a blood test literally 14 days after starting to eat this way (after switching from eating as a vegan for 4 years). Everything tested ---- LDL, HDL and Triglycerides ---- had changed in a huge way.

My readings had been pretty consistent in the preceding 4 years, and the only change was in what I was eating, so I'm confident it was the reason my HDL nearly doubled and my triclycerides were almost a third of what they had been and my LDL rose something like 75%.

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I had similar results in a similar timeframe, couple of weeks.

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