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Can paleo fix my cholestrol? High TRIs, very low HDL?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 7:50 AM

So I'm 20, male.

I had a blood test done and got these results: total cholestrol- 136 triglyicerides- 403 HDL- 27.

the TRIs and HDL are way off what they should be- could a bad diet have caused this already? I'm barely out of my teens!

Can paleo fix this? how can i immediately start increasing my HDLs?

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on March 21, 2013
at 09:38 AM

Fasting seems to help via autophagy mechanisms but be careful, I guess you a good deal to changes to do before the need of considering fasting.

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on March 21, 2013
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Well, I'm really no expert in nutrition so cannot state for sure whether the outcome will be. But there seems to be consensus that high trig and bad cholesterol profile can be reversed the same way as even more troublesome nuances like pre-diabetes can. A healthy eating style should lead to better overall health (and thus better lab tests markers) and I guess you could start seeing results in months, fully repairing of the body seems to last even years depending on you were at the starting point.

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Albert, thats for your reply. My concern was that by having levels off to such extremes for extending peroids of time might cause permanent damage, or might be irreversible. Say I go on a pure paleo diet with moderate exercise- how long would it take to get my levels to normal? Do you think fasting woul normalize my levels any faster?

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on March 21, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Hi Silvermeant,

The numbers you posted are not possible mathematically, unless your LDL is only 29, which I doubt.

Are you sure you got it right?

As for increasing your HDL, some people have a much harder time with that than others.

Mine is as stubborn as a donkey and remains right at about 40 no matter what I do.

But many have had success with coconut oil, eggs (especially the yolk), and monounsaturated fats like avocado, mac nuts etc. Also, turmeric is very good.

To lower trigs, lower carbs, especially breads.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Trigs should definitely go down as soon as you start eating moderate to low carb, no sugar ands grains. HDL should also start going up at the same time and by dropping all hydrogenated oils, trans fats and omega 6 PUFAs in favour to more healty choices as mono-unsaturated, omega 3 and animal saturated fats. Both things should be accomplished with Paleo. High intensity strength training seems also to help HDL go up.

I started a debate on cholesterol yesterday, some people has given pretty good insight about how it works (there are also lots of other interesting related posts in Paleohacks BTW), you may be interested in having a look at the answers.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/186519/why-does-cholesterol-rise-in-many-cases-when-in-paleo-coming-from-low-fat#axzz2O89ImI4b

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on March 21, 2013
at 09:38 AM

Fasting seems to help via autophagy mechanisms but be careful, I guess you a good deal to changes to do before the need of considering fasting.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on March 21, 2013
at 09:37 AM

Well, I'm really no expert in nutrition so cannot state for sure whether the outcome will be. But there seems to be consensus that high trig and bad cholesterol profile can be reversed the same way as even more troublesome nuances like pre-diabetes can. A healthy eating style should lead to better overall health (and thus better lab tests markers) and I guess you could start seeing results in months, fully repairing of the body seems to last even years depending on you were at the starting point.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 21, 2013
at 09:09 AM

Albert, thats for your reply. My concern was that by having levels off to such extremes for extending peroids of time might cause permanent damage, or might be irreversible. Say I go on a pure paleo diet with moderate exercise- how long would it take to get my levels to normal? Do you think fasting woul normalize my levels any faster?

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on March 21, 2013
at 02:32 PM

My experience was that trigs tanked downwards after giving up grains and legumes.

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