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    Well, I began my Primal journey in an attempt to lower my hereditary high cholesterol in order to prevent going on medication, as recommended by my Doctor. A previous attempt had me eating a vegetarian diet for 11 months after which I not only felt terrible, but hardly changed my numbers at all. On that day I went back to my "normal", "healthy", high-carb diet.
    One day a co-worker that was into Crossfit suggested I try a Paleo diet (Which I had never heard of) and a bit of internet searching led me to Mark's website. Not being one to "ease into" things, I decided to jump in with both feet and went for two weeks on an extremely strict Paleo diet. The results were so positive that I went out and bought some cookbooks and began my Primal lifestyle in earnest and by the time 4 weeks had passed I had lost 19 pounds, was sleeping much less with twice as much energy, my skin looked and felt healthier and I was just generally so happy that I felt I was bursting with joy. By this time I didn't care if my lipid panel had improved or not, I knew I was never going back.
    Fast-forward 6 months, today I got by blood test results and my bad LDL was 20 points lower, my good HDL was 20 points higher, my Triglycerides were 34 points lower and my overall number was 7 points lower.
    Chol - 230, previous 237
    HDL - 72, previous 52
    CLDL - 143, previous 163
    TRIG - 74, previous 108

    My Doctor seemed puzzled when I told him what I was doing differently but he congratulated me and told me to keep it up. There is no more talk of medications.
    As a side-note, two years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic fatigue Syndrome and it is worsened with exercise, so this was accomplished with almost no regular exercise at all. I can only imagine how much better it would be if I was able to incorporate an exercise program.

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    Thanks for posting and congratulations!
    I'm trying to do exactly the same thing -- lower cholesterol.

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    • #3
      Great job freds4, love reading posts about progress. Keep it up!
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      • #4
        If you can incorporate walking into this diet you'll be set. An hour a day? That should be feasible. Take the time from watching television if it takes up that much of your time. Keep up the journey.

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        • #5
          I have to recomend easing into some exercise. Walk, maybe a very short strength session, swim, do something. Do it on a weekend, see how you feel. Add to it as you feel you can.

          Just my increasingly worthless $0.02
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          • #6
            Thank you, that's exactly what I intend to do. Walking/hiking should be the perfect thing for me as it is intensity not duration that triggers my CFS symptoms. I was trying to keep my post short so I did not mention that I have been racing motocross on the weekends and the stress and intensity of it has been causing me to have to cease all other activities in order to recover. I am coming off of 4 weeks of being sick and finally decided to park the dirt bike, get well and ease into a low-intensity walking/hiking/weight regimen. I love motocross and may try to go back to it someday but I love my health even more.

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            • #7
              Congrats!! I love seeing these great blood test results. Did you happen to get a fasting blood sugar test?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by JVib View Post
                Congrats!! I love seeing these great blood test results. Did you happen to get a fasting blood sugar test?


                Yes, and I have it here in front of me but I'm afraid it's all Greek to me. I will post some other figures and maybe you or someone else can interpret?
                NA 143
                K 4.2
                BUN 20
                CRE 1.10
                EGFR 71L
                GLU 100H
                ALB 4.9H
                AST 34H
                ALT 32
                T BIL 0.6
                ALKPHOS 67
                SP GRAV 1.022
                PH 6.5
                UROBIL 0.2

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by freds4 View Post
                  Thank you, that's exactly what I intend to do. Walking/hiking should be the perfect thing for me as it is intensity not duration that triggers my CFS symptoms. I was trying to keep my post short so I did not mention that I have been racing motocross on the weekends and the stress and intensity of it has been causing me to have to cease all other activities in order to recover. I am coming off of 4 weeks of being sick and finally decided to park the dirt bike, get well and ease into a low-intensity walking/hiking/weight regimen. I love motocross and may try to go back to it someday but I love my health even more.
                  MX is certainly not the sport for you in that case, it used to take me 3 days to get over a race day such was the intensity!
                  Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. if you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop, they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

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                  • #10
                    GLU 100H must be your blood glucose - the H means it is high (I suppose, since 100 is borderline normal or even slightly high).

                    ALB (albumin?) and AST (a liver enzyme) are high too, I guess, since they both have H after the number.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, the Doctor mentioned the glucose, he said the max should be 99 but was not worried about it.
                      The ALB normal range is 3.4 to 4.8 and the AST normal range is 10 to 30
                      The Doctor didn't even mention these numbers.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by smilingjustalittlebit View Post
                        MX is certainly not the sport for you in that case, it used to take me 3 days to get over a race day such was the intensity!

                        That's true and I have been hard-headed because I love racing but I am giving it up for sure. I am SO tired of......well...being tired :-)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by freds4 View Post
                          Well, I began my Primal journey in an attempt to lower my hereditary high cholesterol in order to prevent going on medication, as recommended by my Doctor. A previous attempt had me eating a vegetarian diet for 11 months after which I not only felt terrible, but hardly changed my numbers at all. On that day I went back to my "normal", "healthy", high-carb diet.
                          One day a co-worker that was into Crossfit suggested I try a Paleo diet (Which I had never heard of) and a bit of internet searching led me to Mark's website. Not being one to "ease into" things, I decided to jump in with both feet and went for two weeks on an extremely strict Paleo diet. The results were so positive that I went out and bought some cookbooks and began my Primal lifestyle in earnest and by the time 4 weeks had passed I had lost 19 pounds, was sleeping much less with twice as much energy, my skin looked and felt healthier and I was just generally so happy that I felt I was bursting with joy. By this time I didn't care if my lipid panel had improved or not, I knew I was never going back.
                          Fast-forward 6 months, today I got by blood test results and my bad LDL was 20 points lower, my good HDL was 20 points higher, my Triglycerides were 34 points lower and my overall number was 7 points lower.
                          Chol - 230, previous 237
                          HDL - 72, previous 52
                          CLDL - 143, previous 163
                          TRIG - 74, previous 108

                          My Doctor seemed puzzled when I told him what I was doing differently but he congratulated me and told me to keep it up. There is no more talk of medications.
                          As a side-note, two years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic fatigue Syndrome and it is worsened with exercise, so this was accomplished with almost no regular exercise at all. I can only imagine how much better it would be if I was able to incorporate an exercise program.
                          Whoever told you that "hereditary high cholestrol" was an issue for you was blowing smoke up your ass. Hereditary High cholesterol is considered a factor with total levels over 350 and absent known contributing risk fators, not in the 230's.
                          Heck, my total has gotten as high as 303 but my ratios are fantastic and particle size testing has confirmed over 90% of my LDL is light fluffy (pattern A), the good kind. Your numbers look fine, don't get worked up over nothing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Karma View Post
                            Whoever told you that "hereditary high cholestrol" was an issue for you was blowing smoke up your ass. Hereditary High cholesterol is considered a factor with total levels over 350 and absent known contributing risk fators, not in the 230's.
                            Heck, my total has gotten as high as 303 but my ratios are fantastic and particle size testing has confirmed over 90% of my LDL is light fluffy (pattern A), the good kind. Your numbers look fine, don't get worked up over nothing.


                            Good info. I am not getting worked up over nothing, what I failed to mention is that every male on both sides of my family has died of a heart attack prior to the age of 70. Of course there were other factors in play (Smoking, stress, horrible diets, etc) but I am bound and determined to make it well beyond 70 years old.....or die trying. ;-) Besides, thinking I had to lower hereditary high cholesterol let me to a Primal lifestyle, so that's a good thing! :-)

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