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    Fellow Primals,
    I have been following primal diet for nearly 2 months with exception of few days because of travelling. I did my lipid profile a couple of weeks back and following are the results. My doctor was really impressed with the Triglycerides #. When asked about my HDL and LDL, she said I don't need to be concerned. She said my HDL # is good to take care of the borderline LDL. Not sure what to take on that. She told me not to use coconut oil for cooking, she suggested that I use mustard oil instead. Not sure how to take that advice.

    My question to you folks are
    1. Where do I stand right now with respect to being healthy in a primal way?
    2. What should I do further to get better?


    Test Name Result
    Cholestrol - Total 183 mg/dl

    Reference Range
    Above Borderline > 240 mg/dl
    Borderline 200 - 239 mg/dl
    Recommended < 200 mg/dl

    Triglycerides 75 mg/dl

    Reference Range
    40-150 mg/dl

    Cholestrol - HDL 34 mg/dl

    Reference Range
    35.0 - 80.0 mg.dl

    Cholestrol - LDL 134.0 mg/dl

    Reference Range
    Optimal < 100 mg/dl
    Above Optimal 100 - 129 mg/dl
    Borderline 130 - 159 mg/dl
    Above Borderline > 160 mg/dl

    Cholestrol - VDL 15.0 mg/dl

    Reference Range
    10.0 - 40.0 mg/dl

    T.Cholestrol/HDL.Chol Ratio 5.4

    Reference Range
    0 - 6
    Last edited by Adventure_Becons; 11-11-2011, 01:40 AM.

  • #2
    I'm no doctor, but sounds like you're doing well to me. I'd ignore the mustard oil advice though and stick to the coconut oil. According to nutritiondata it contains 2146mg of omega 6 to 826mg omega 3.
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Vegetable oil, mustard
    Last edited by MightyMouse; 11-11-2011, 12:35 AM.
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    • #3
      Must have suggested mustard oil because of this:
      Mustard Oil & Cholesterol | LIVESTRONG.COM

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sue View Post
        Must have suggested mustard oil because of this:
        Mustard Oil & Cholesterol | LIVESTRONG.COM
        Does it mean you are kind of agreeing to it or the other way?

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        • #5
          Read the cholesterol primer on here. Your reference numbers posted above are the "old way" of thinking about cholesterol. New medical research (and relevant doctors) rely on ratios over actual numbers.

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          • #6
            I think your cholestrol looks fine, but I'm no doctor. The LDL looks fine because most of it is the fluffy stuff and your VDL is in good range. Coupled with the fact that you have great tryglicerides. I'd ignore the mustard oil and stick with coconut oil. I'm sure the doctor would also recommend eating whole grains as well..
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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            • #7
              Looks good to me... the only thing I can say is keep the with what you are doing. Stick with the saturated fat (should bump the HDL up a bit for even better ratios) and keep the frankenoils to a minimum.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Glockin Grok View Post
                Looks good to me... the only thing I can say is keep the with what you are doing. Stick with the saturated fat (should bump the HDL up a bit for even better ratios) and keep the frankenoils to a minimum.
                Thanks for the reply. How would I bump up the HDL? Any specifc things to do?

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                • #9
                  I am definitely the exception here and suggest you might want to eliminate the coconut oil. It may affect people differently, but my experience was that it RAISED my LDL 50 pts in 4 months.

                  I'm hypothyroid, and my blood is tested every 4 months, including a lipid panel. A couple of years ago, I started using coconut oil (replacing my EVOO) right after a check up. When I was checked again, my LDL (which had been steady for a long time) was up 50 pts. My endo asked whether I had changed anything in my diet, and I mentioned the coconut oil. He advised me to go back to the EVOO, and I did so. At the next check up, my LDL was down those 50 pts. It was obviously the coconut oil, as nothing else changed in my diet.

                  I prefer not taking something that has such an instant effect on my LDL--large and fluffy or not.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Adventure_Becons View Post
                    Thanks for the reply. How would I bump up the HDL? Any specifc things to do?
                    Yeah, most are in agreement that lowering your polyunsaturated fat and eating more saturated fat raise it. But dont overthink it, just dont be scared of saturated fat, and stay away from frankinfats and you will be peachy.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Guys,
                      Its been a while since I had shared my Lipid Profile. This is my latest Lipid Profile. I'm little concerned with the LDL #'s.

                      I'm about 90% grain free with occasional rice. Some days I eat Cottage Cheese in the place of Meat for protein.

                      I'm active for about 4 days a week with Cross fit type of workout.


                      Test Name Result
                      Total Cholestrol - Total 215 mg/dl

                      Reference Range
                      Above Borderline > 240 mg/dl
                      Borderline 200 - 239 mg/dl
                      Recommended < 200 mg/dl

                      Triglycerides 64.3 mg/dl

                      Reference Range
                      40-150 mg/dl

                      Cholestrol - HDL 44.4 mg/dl

                      Reference Range
                      35.0 - 80.0 mg.dl

                      Cholestrol - LDL 158.3 mg/dl

                      Reference Range
                      Optimal < 100 mg/dl
                      Above Optimal 100 - 129 mg/dl
                      Borderline 130 - 159 mg/dl
                      Above Borderline > 160 mg/dl

                      Cholestrol - VDL 12.8 mg/dl

                      Reference Range
                      10.0 - 40.0 mg/dl

                      T.Cholestrol/HDL.Chol Ratio 4.8

                      Reference Range
                      0 - 6


                      Can you guys suggest what I need to do from a nutrition perspective to improve the #'s .

                      Thanks

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                      • #12
                        The latest results look better than the ones in the OP. Triglycerides down, HDL up, good trig/HDL ratio. LDL has increased too, which isn't ideal, as you already know.

                        Have you read Mark on Why Did My Cholesterol Go Up After Going Primal?

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                        • #13
                          All you have to do to lower LDL is eat more plant foods and leaner meats. If you're concerned about it, anyway. 158 isn't that high, as far as LDL goes.

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                          • #14
                            Your LDL is probably lower than per your results.

                            Usually the LDL is calculated (rather than actually measured) from the total, hdl and triglycerides using a calculating known as the Friedewald formula.

                            This is known to be less accurate for those of us with trigs lower than 100. There is an alternative formula called the Iranian formula which appears to be more accurate in these instances. Using this formula your ldl would appear to be much lower: 136


                            A handy calculator showing the results from both formulae can be found here: http://homepages.slingshot.co.nz/~geoff36/LDL_mg.htm
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                            • #15
                              All,
                              Thank you for your valuble inputs. I feel better after reading your replies and that i'm indeed on the right path.
                              I will do some tweaks to my routine and will go see after a month.
                              Thanks,
                              Lakshmi

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