Your Total is irrelevant. Really. I mean, it includes HDL, which you *want* to be high, so what sense does it make to care what the total is, when you want one of the addends to go up?! The addends are what matter.

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By this analysis, you've got:

Before PB:

Tt/H = 5.2 (optimal is 5 or less)

Tr/H = 1.6 (optimal is 2 or less)

L/H = 3.8 or 4.3 (depending on whether you use the older or the newer formula for calculating - yours should use the newer, since your Trig's are <100) (optimal is 4.3 or less)

After PB:

Tt/H = 5.7

Tr/H = 1.3

L/H = 4.3 or 4.6 (depending - using the more accurate formula, this is only an increase of .3)

So in your case, these numbers would indicate having moved slightly more toward the dense LDL, which you already had about 50/50 of?, that free insulin levels are low, and that you are very close to the ideal of arterial calcification, but have gotten slightly worse.The optimal levels of the ratios indicate:

1. Total/HDL: that LDL is pattern A (large, fluffy and non-harmful)

2. Trig/HDL: that free insulin levels are low (which is good)

3. LDL/HDL: That you probably have minimal to zero arterial calcification/plaque buildup

Whether these changes are statistically significant (big enough that they're not just chalked up to chance or slight error in measurement/calculation), I don't know. Question: how do you think you're doing on eliminating grains & sugar? I have struggled with this for a VERY long time, and even though all other food I ate was very primal, I was still eating way too many grains/sweets, even though I knew better and didn't want to eat them. By even the AHA's admission, triglycerides & small/dense LDL are caused by excess and/or refined carbohydrate consumption (unless you had something fatty, like fish oil, in the fasting hours before the test).