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  • HELP! 36 year old man that just had physical and lipid profile...

    Some of the results scare me. While my Doctor doesn't seem to be overly concerned at this point, he did make it seem that my HDL and Triglycerides were too high. Anybody out there care to provide some insight in to these numbers?

    Cholesterol: 182
    HDL: 33
    Triglycerides: 181
    HDL Risk Factor: 5.6
    LDL: 114

    I've been mostly primal since January---probably 70-80% compliance. I've lost close to 40 pounds. These numbers just make me question what I'm doing.

    Appreciate any and all help!

  • #2
    Don't know anything about ratios, but shouldn't the numbers add up?

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    • #3
      Plug your numbers in here: Cholesterol HDL/LDL/Triglycerides Ratios Calculator

      And you get...

      Your Total Cholesterol of 182 is DESIRABLE

      Your LDL of 114 is NEAR OPTIMAL
      Your HDL of 33 is HIGH RISK
      Your Triglyceride level of 175 is BORDERLINE

      RATIOS:

      Your Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is: 5.52 - (preferably under 5.0, ideally under 3.5) AT RISK
      Your HDL/LDL ratio is: 0.289 - (preferably over 0.3, ideally over 0.4) AT RISK
      Your triglycerides/HDL ratio is: 5.303 - (preferably under 4, ideally under 2) HIGH RISK


      Hmm. Your HDL and Tri are both pretty out of whack. What is your normal daily diet? Alcohol consumption? Processed food consumption?
      >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
      >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

      >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
      >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

      Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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      • #4
        How about your carbohydrate consumption?

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        • #5
          Very low carbohydrate. Have cut out virtually all processed carbs---any I get now would be from veggies. I fast for breakfast and even sometimes for lunch. Dinner is usually some type of meat, green beans or broccoli or something like that. Drink water throughout day. Do have a few drinks on the weekend occasionally, but try to stick to red wine or whisky without a mixer. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning along with a multi-vitamin.

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          • #6
            I don't really exercise much. Would this be playing a factor? If I started an exercise regimen, would I expect to see these numbers improve?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cgh179 View Post
              I don't really exercise much. Would this be playing a factor? If I started an exercise regimen, would I expect to see these numbers improve?
              Yes.
              My Journal: Englishman In Oz, Skinny to Muscle in a Primal Way

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              • #8
                Is there a simple "regimen" that I can do at home---think, babysteps. I also have a treadmill available at home and a chin up bar.

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                • #9
                  Walk then walk some more and make sure to walk outside as much as you can.

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                  • #10
                    Also fact is that your numbers are usually quite skewed while you are actively losing weight. You should wait till your weight is stable (at goal weight) for several weeks to get a reliable reading.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cgh179 View Post
                      Is there a simple "regimen" that I can do at home---think, babysteps. I also have a treadmill available at home and a chin up bar.
                      If you sign up for MDA's newsletter thing, you will get a password to access the Primal Blueprint Fitness E-Book. There are four basic "primal movements" that Mark uses in a very simple regimen that you can do at home without weights. Having a pull-up bar is all you need.

                      Another option is SimpleFit.com which is similar to Mark's regimen, but has an online tracking tool. Many folks in the MDA forum us this.
                      >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                      >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                      >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                      >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                      Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                        Also fact is that your numbers are usually quite skewed while you are actively losing weight. You should wait till your weight is stable (at goal weight) for several weeks to get a reliable reading.
                        ^THIS^ If you're still actively shedding pounds, you're numbers are going to be out of whack. High volume of trigs circulating, body purging formerly stored toxins, et c.
                        Went Primal: 20 DEC 2011
                        Starting: 6'1" 220 lbs
                        Starting Energy: "bleh...."
                        Current: 183 lbs @ 8.33% BF (Jackson/Pollock 4 caliper method)
                        Current Energy: "WOOHOO!" See my journal HERE.

                        "Paleo? Try it, but be wary of the cult mentality that comes with it. Paleovangelists are everywhere and a bit scary."

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                        • #13
                          Awesome guys (and gals). Thanks so much for the info. Now I just have to convince my wife that I'm not on the verge of a massive heart attack based on my numbers.

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