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  • #16
    Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
    Hi folks, the hubby and I have been primal for the last ~5 months after about 13 years or so of being vegan/raw vegan. We have been very strict, no dairy, absolutely no grains of any kind (including no white rice), no potatoes, no corn, and recently we have not even been eating fruit.

    So anyway, we just had blood tests done, and I think the results are interesting, especially as compared to our vegan days. Some of the numbers got worse, and some got better, and I'm trying to decipher what it all means. It's really easy to read the other posts where people advise not worrying about wacky cholesterol numbers and nod in agreement, but some of the changes in my numbers are worrisome. It's fascinating at the very least, and I'd love it if anyone wants to weigh in.

    Without further ado:

    Total cholesterol in January 2012 (as a vegan): 179
    Total cholesterol today, Oct 2012 (primal): 251 -- ack!

    Triglycerides in January 2012 (as a vegan): 87
    Triglycerides today, Oct 2012 (primal): 71 -- i had expected it would be much better

    HDL in January 2012 (as a vegan): 55
    HDL today, Oct 2012 (primal): 46 -- how could that number go DOWN?!?

    Calculated LDL in January 2012 (as a vegan): 107
    Calculated LDL today, Oct 2012 (primal): 191 -- yikes!

    My husband's numbers followed all the same trends mine did, except that his HDL went up where mine went down.

    Any input/thoughts appreciated!
    Your trigs and hdl were both fine as a vegan and didn't change that much. Also, blood tests vary quite a bit depending on the kind of week you've had leading up to them. Finally, total cholesterol and LDL are quite poor indicators of anything in and of themselves. Your dr. should know that by now, mine certainly does. Do you have VAP results (ldl pattern type) or know your CRP before / after, out of curiousity?
    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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    • #17
      Originally posted by bdilla View Post
      keeping you stuck between two forms of metabolism, which is a known issue.
      What issue is that? I burn glucose and I burn fat every single day and I always have. You don't have to make a choice and stick to it! Mark's whole thing is to get better at using fat for fuel, not to use only one "form of metabolism" at a time.
      Where does this stuff come from?
      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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      • #18
        Originally posted by tfarny View Post
        Do you have VAP results (ldl pattern type) or know your CRP before / after, out of curiousity?
        No, the doctor didn't seem to request those. I am thinking of going back and asking him to do more thorough blood tests, but I'm not sure if he will agree to or not.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
          I have a lot of respect for Chris Masterjohn site. And if you're feeling brave Peter Attia has a very detailed exploration of what is a complex subject.
          Wow, reading this site now. Very good info, thank you!

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