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    My past 2 employers have required participation in a wellness program that is run by the same outside company. I have taken part in the program for 6 years and I have watched my numbers steadily improve as I have moved toward the primal way of eating. My TC/HDL ratio has trended downward from 4.3 to 2.6, and my trigs have steadily descended from 129 to 61. My numbers for 2011 appear to be pretty ideal from what I have read on this site.

    TC 220
    LDL 122
    HDL 86
    TC/HDL 2.6
    Trig 61

    Then I got my results from this year:
    TC 188
    LDL 88
    HDL 57
    TC/HDL 3.3
    Trig 216

    Everything seemed OK until I saw the Trig level of 216. I have to say that I was pretty shocked when I saw this number, and I even questioned the nurse on the accuracy of the test. I admit that my exercise levels have decreased since last year, but I don't think that alone could explain this. I fasted for 13 hours prior to the blood draw. Can anyone shed some light on what may be causing this?

    My glucose levels decreased from 95 to 86 from 2011 to 2012 test. Everything else that was tested came back normal, and I would have had a "perfect score", excluding the trig levels. I can't really think of much that changed in my diet, except for maybe increasing intake of red meats slightly and not taking fish oil supplement.

    Any thoughts or help would be appreciated

  • #2
    Any sources of hidden sugars or refined carbs sneaking in to your diet?

    ETA - or increase in alcohol intake?
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )


    • #3
      That looks like an outlier of an outlier - I would retest.


      • #4
        Test again and have your fasting insulin level tested as well.

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        • #5
          I'd test again. Unless you radically changed your diet, I'd suspect lab error.

          If it comes back again that high, I'd look for some physical (medical problem?) explanation. I eat substantially the same, and since I'm hypothyroid, I have my blood tested every four months. My trig level is consistent within 10 points on every test, so an increase like that is strange.


          • #6
            Retest. Looks like a mistake. Maybe the lab tech spilled frozen yogurt into the blood sample like Rudy Giuliani on Seinfeld. Unless...

            Have you recently had a big drop in weight? If you recently saw some big fat loss, you may have elevated levels of fat in your blood.
            Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Tgloves View Post
              I fasted for 13 hours prior to the blood draw.
              Why did you do that? It could be a factor. Did you fast similarly prior to the previous year's test?
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.


              • #8
                Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                Why did you do that? It could be a factor. Did you fast similarly prior to the previous year's test?
                I suppose theoretically a 13 hour fast could have you dumping significant amounts of fatty acids into your blood for energy, increasing your triglycerides, especially if you ate light the day before. But...

                On my last blood test about 9 months ago, I fasted about 20 hours (I couldn't get to the lab til around 4pm) and my triglycerides were 40. I have around 12-13% body fat though, so someone that's 15-20+% body fat could have a totally different reaction. I don't know what the OP's stats are.
                Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.


                • #9
                  Thanks everyone for the feedback. To answer your questions:

                  The fasting is a requirement from the testing facility. I have always fasted 12-13 hours prior to the blood draw.

                  My weight has been pretty consistent for the past 5 years, maybe decreasing slightly. My body fat is also low. I'm about 6'1" and 170 lbs.

                  I do drink alcohol, but not in excess.

                  My triglyceride levels have been as follows:

                  2003 - 129
                  2004 - 125
                  2005 - 85
                  2006 - 89
                  2008 - 64 Started to eat more primal about this time
                  2011 - 61
                  2012 - 216

                  No testing in the years not indicated. I'm racking my brain trying to figure out if I'm doing something that differently than last year. Maybe a retest is the answer. I can't get another one through work for 6 months, so maybe I'll see a doctor to retest. Both sides of my family have a history of rampant heart disease, so I want to figure this out.

                  Thanks again


                  • #10
                    What do you typically eat?


                    • #11
                      I think it's an error because people with HIGH Triglycerides do NOT (ever!) have a HDL of 57!
                      People with Triglycerides over 200 are always in the 30's range of HDL.
                      I think you got scammed!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NDF View Post
                        What do you typically eat?
                        Breakfast is usually eggs and sausage or bacon, maybe some berries. A few times a week I'll have a protein shake with whole milk, whey protein, and frozen berries. I know this isn't primal, but it's no different than a year ago.

                        Dinner is usually some type of meat (beef, chicken, pork, salmon, white fish, lamb) with vegetables and some berries. Sweet potatoes once a week. A piece of dark chocolate here or there.

                        Lunch is leftover meat from dinner mixed in with salad and possibly avocado. I usually make some sort of vinaigrette to go with it. Maybe a handful of nuts.

                        I rarely eat bread, and I can't remember the last time I ate pasta. I have a few beers on the weekend, but nothing excessive. Small amounts of honey make their way into some recipes. Hard cheeses too.

                        I'm sure I'm missing some things, but I still don't believe my triglycerides could be that high.


                        • #13
                          Did you get retested? I am curious to know what happened?


                          • #14
                            Hi, everyone!
                            Traditional low fat diet for high triglycerides will actually produce counterproductive results, as by limiting food sources of saturated fat, you will trigger your body’s natural response to synthesizing more bad cholesterol to make up for the deficit.

                            Most statin-based cholesterol lowering drugs do not take care of the underlying causes of triglycerides too high and, in addition, come with a hefty listing of side-effects like, for example, blocking a natural coenzyme CoQ10 production necessary for the heart health. In addition, a majority of people who are on a low-fat diet will naturally tend to consume more carbohydrates that raise your blood sugar and triglycerides levels to fill in the caloric gap.

                            Here’s a listing of top 10 foods that should be included into the diet for high triglycerides that will actually help you to reduce triglycerides naturally:
                            Top 10 Foods in a Diet for High Triglycerides

                            Be healthful!


                            • #15
                              Well I think you need a professional Lab testing for completed your test again in properly. check this link to know more about lab blood testing