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  • How long for triglycerides levels to change after eating?

    Long story short, I ate a snickers bars today. Not a mini or fun size, but a regular size. (yes, very stupid). Immediate sugar rush, it tasted sickeningly sweet, but I ate it all. Then my doctor's office called to ask if I could come in for the cholesterol test I had asked for, in just 1 hour. So i did, and my test results came back as follows.
    Total Chol: 194
    HDL: 48
    TRG: 187
    LDL: 109

    I calculated my ratios, and the trig/HDL is pretty bad.

    Just as history, I have struggled with my screwed up relationship to food, and finally feel like I'm kicking that. Keeping my "cheats" minimal, and usually just a little fruit or small piece of chocolate. I eat around 75-125g of carbs per day due to my thyroid issues, and have pretty consistent with that for the past 6 weeks or so.

    So I'm wondering, is this high trig level due to my lapse in judgment today, or is it indicative of my diet being bad as a whole? Is it worth it to go back for a fasted test?Thoughts? Any advice (or even a kick in the pants) is welcome. Thanks!
    Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

  • #2
    Probably due to the lapse in judgment. Go back in a few weeks after you have avoided the carbs for a while and see what the trigs look like.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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    • #3
      Lipid tests when not fasted are useless
      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine


      • #4
        Thanks for your responses... Makes sense that a non-fasted test has too many variables to be useful. Guess I had google overload after searching for info and wanted to hear from folks who know what they're talking about. Thanks again!
        Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


        • #5
          I finally went back & was retested... fasted this time.

          10/5/2011 Results:
          Total Chol: 210
          HDL: 61
          TRG: <45
          LDL: n/a*

          Doctor said because Trigs are so low, difficult for the machine to calculate my LDL. I did some calculations, assuming my Trigs are approx 45... although they could be lower, who knows.
          They come out like this:
          LDL = 106.7 (Iranian)
          Total/HDL = 3.44 (ideal = 4.4 or below)
          Trig/HDL = .74 (ideal = 2 or below)
          LDL/HDL = 1.75 (ideal = 4.3 or below)

          Much better... even my doctor (very CW-oriented) said that my numbers are excellent, don't change a thing.

          Thanks again to Mark & all the folks here on PB for all your wisdom and advice... I am reclaiming my health one step at a time.
          Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


          • #6
            That is great! I love reading what this way of eating has done for people.
            Pre-Primal SW: 161
            CW- 150
            Goal 120ish


            • #7
              Great stuff Jen. Wonder why the doctor would have you come in non-fasted. Unless you ate a Snickers at 6AM and they though you hadn't eaten yet.
              People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.


              • #8
                Don't worry about it, let alone analyze it.
                Whether you think you can..... or you think you can't..... your 100 % correct.