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6 weeks paleo, HDL dropped.

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Created November 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

I started paleo because I got a blood panel that had my HDL at 28. After 6 weeks I had a biometric test done for an insurance company and they measured me at 18. I am very lo carb on the paleo and only non-paleo I have is coffee with half+half in the morning. I also started running 3 times a week. What gives with the HDL dropping?

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on April 06, 2011
at 09:13 PM

can you elaborate on your diet? whats a typical day like?

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on November 24, 2010
at 01:50 AM

Just rounded up my results. 76", 301#, Total Chol 152 (up from 137), hdl 18 (down from 28), ldl 96 (down from 113), triglycerides 187 (don't know what they were before) fasting glucose 113 (down from 118). I assume that as the total cholesterol is up and that both hdl and ldl are down that my triglycerides are up.

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on November 23, 2010
at 06:09 AM

My advice, give it a bit of time and see what happens. Also go to fitday.com and make sure you are not missing any nutrients in your diet. There are a few nutrients that even paleo eaters are sometimes low on. Make sure you are eating enough healthy fat. Another thing to consider, you may run better on more carbs, especially if you are not overweight. Might want to add in more healthy carbs and see how you feel. Paleo tends to be lower carb than standard diets but it does not have to be super low carb. People with active lifestyles sometimes do better with 100 to 150 g carb per day.

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on November 22, 2010
at 09:12 PM

LDL and total cholesterol increased. Triglycerides are 183, don't know what they were before I started. I eat less than 50g of carbs a day, shouldn't my trigs be very low or does it take them a long time to get out of your system?

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on November 22, 2010
at 03:56 AM

He mentioned it was 28 before and then after 6 weeks it was 18, but apparently tested by two diff labs.

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on November 22, 2010
at 03:40 AM

What were you scores before and after?

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on November 22, 2010
at 02:47 AM

Did the rest of your cholesterol drop too? If so, not surprising that HDL dropped as well. After all, both LDL and HDL are vehicles for cholesterol. Also, stress levels, illness, lack of sleep, etc can have a strong influence on cholesterol levels. A few things to keep in mind, though, first HDL is only a weak predictor of health and it is only a correlational predictor. No evidence exists that HDL actually causes or prevents disease. HDL is merely another vehicle to carry cholesterol. Second thing to consider, lab results can vary as much as 100% between different tests and different labs, even if all done on the exact same sample! SOme of your score variatoin could simply be normal variation between tests. All by itself, I personally don't worry too much about exact cholesterol scores from one test to another. You have to look at cholesterol scores in accordance to their consistant pattern over time, their ratios with other cholesterol scores, what your triglycerides scores are, how you feel overall, arterial plaque levels, history of disease, etc. You can't really tell much from just the HDL score alone.

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on November 23, 2010
at 06:09 AM

My advice, give it a bit of time and see what happens. Also go to fitday.com and make sure you are not missing any nutrients in your diet. There are a few nutrients that even paleo eaters are sometimes low on. Make sure you are eating enough healthy fat. Another thing to consider, you may run better on more carbs, especially if you are not overweight. Might want to add in more healthy carbs and see how you feel. Paleo tends to be lower carb than standard diets but it does not have to be super low carb. People with active lifestyles sometimes do better with 100 to 150 g carb per day.

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on November 24, 2010
at 01:50 AM

Just rounded up my results. 76", 301#, Total Chol 152 (up from 137), hdl 18 (down from 28), ldl 96 (down from 113), triglycerides 187 (don't know what they were before) fasting glucose 113 (down from 118). I assume that as the total cholesterol is up and that both hdl and ldl are down that my triglycerides are up.

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on November 22, 2010
at 09:12 PM

LDL and total cholesterol increased. Triglycerides are 183, don't know what they were before I started. I eat less than 50g of carbs a day, shouldn't my trigs be very low or does it take them a long time to get out of your system?

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on November 22, 2010
at 11:06 PM

Adding foods that contain coconut oil liek coconut oil, coconut flakes, etc (unsweetened of course) boosted my HDL into the 60's. I also reduced the amount of polyunsaturated fats and consumed more saturated fats.

I also take niacin to boost my HDL. For men with heart disease, niacin has been shown to decrease overall mortality, even years after men stopped taking it.

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on November 22, 2010
at 02:12 PM

The best way to increase your HDL is by eating saturated fat. Are you doing the low fat Cordain paleo? I suggest you switch to fattier meats, add butter or coconut oil and swap out the half-n-half with heavy cream.

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/06/06/saturated-fat/

http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/22/fats-and-oils.html

http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2010/01/20/ajcn.2008.26285.abstract

Also, running is not paleo. Sprinting is paleo. Walking is paleo. Running/jogging for miles increases stress and inflammation. i don't know if that could affect cholesterol in any way, but I just thought you should know. That's not to say you shouldn't run - if you like it - go for it. Just be aware of the effects. (I still drink alcohol, in spite of it being unhealthy, for example)

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on November 22, 2010
at 04:27 AM

3 weeks isn't a whole lot of time. For the first 2 to 3 weeks after going full paleo, I felt like crap. My energy levels were down, my weightlifting power had decreased and I was pretty sluggish in every other aspect; basically I had a bad transition period. I didn't do any blood tests (I've always been pretty healthy), but I wonder if I did if I would have seen those same results you're seeing. Come that fourth week, I had more energy, my lifting power started increasing, I started burning body fat, etc. I would say give it a few more weeks and get tested again. Also, what Eva said is true, you should have those other tests done and the way you feel is a good indicator of what is going on inside.

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