2012 blood work results – 1st full year of Primal
2012 was my first full year of living the primal lifestyle. I am doing very well on the plan. My body fat is between 8-9%, I am feeling physically/mentally/emotionally great, my lifelong depression problem has gone away, and I am enjoying life more than ever.
I had my yearly physical on June 11th and my Dr. called to give me my results. I put the information for the last 3 years into the chart below. In 2010 I was not following a primal plan, but my lifestyle was extremely healthy by conventional wisdom standards. In 2011 I was starting primal living, but was struggling with full commitment. I was on board and then back to my standard eating off and on throughout the year (including several 3-6 week sugar binges). 2012 was a great year! I only had one bad sugar binge for the entire year. My depression issue (which was caused by over consumption of process sugar) has gone completely away. So, here are my numbers for the last 3 years:
112/76 Blood Pressure 130/85 - 100/65 = Normal
317 Total Cholesterol Below 200 = Good
94 HDL 60+ = Ideal
214 LDL 100-129 = Good
43 Trigs Below 150 = Good
96 Blood Sugar (fasted) 70- 100 = Normal
0.46 Trigs/HDL <2 = Ideal
3.37 Total/HDL <5 = Ideal
2.28 LDL/HDL <4.3 = Ideal
1:1.32 LDL < 3xHDL = Good Ratio
110/72 Blood Pressure
281 Total Cholesterol
75 Blood Sugar (fasted)
1:1.04 LDL < 3xHDL = Good
114/78 Blood Pressure
171 Total Cholesterol
95 Blood Sugar (fasted)
1:1.73 LDL < 3xHDL = Good
The positives first: My HDL went WAY up, my Trigs/HDL number went down & my overall numbers were better than 2011.
The issues: Many of my numbers from 2010 were “better” than 2012.
Don’t get me wrong…this doesn’t change anything. I am feeling so good following this lifestyle that I am not going back. I guess I’m just looking for some input as to why my 2010 numbers appear to be better than my 2012.
Also, on a side note, I officially got my “Statins lecture” from my doctor. He told me I “won the prize for highest overall cholesterol this month” and that he has to recommend a prescription for statins. However, he followed this by saying “I know you probably won’t take any medications and you are obviously in superb health. But I had to put it out there.” I told him not to bother writing a prescription. He then told me to keep up the good work. I’m glad to see my Dr. has some common sense.
"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard