Been following the diet religiously since February. Although I have experienced a TREMENDOUS plateau, I am still tweaking things and finding out what works best for me. I am at a healthy weight and this is my lifestyle now so I am just going with the flow. My goal is to get my body fat down to 22%.
With that being said, we had a health screening today at work and I got my cholesterol checked. My HDL was 15 (YIKES) my triglycerides 45, and total cholesterol was 194. My LDL, TC/HDL, and nom-HDL didn't even register. They came up as N/A. Glucose is 74. I was told to have my doctor do blood work. I am healthier now than I have ever been so I am very perplexed by the HDL. When I had it checked in March prior to starting the diet, all of my values were excellent.
Just wanted to check and see if anyone else has come across this issue. I admit, I do eat a lot of eggs so am thinking this is maybe the culprit.
Best to all!
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You MUST fast before any blood work. Please ignore those readings, and go to your doctor. I just had my work done, and it came back excellent. Total cholesterol reading was 153. If the readings come back poorly, then reevaluate. Good Luck.
From what I've read, eggs don't raise your cholesterol as much as you might think.
I say go and get some solid bloodwork done. The fact that some of your readings were coming up with "N/A" tells me that something was going wrong with their testing methods which might've affected your other readings. Think of it like a trial, if some of the evidence presented by a prosecutor is shaky, then the other evidence begins to seem less substantial. If you do get bloodwork done and your HDL is still that low then its something that can be fixed with small dietary changes or maybe some supplements. Eat healthy fatty foods like avocado or fish like salmon. They're all full of that good good cholesterol which will help raise your HDL and consequently drop your LDL. If you'd rather go the supplement way then taking Omega fish oils is a pretty excellent way to go. Not only does it provide lots of antioxidants but it also helps with a ton of other things including joint health (good if you are jogging!) and lowering blood pressure. Hope this helps!
I highly, highly recommend getting additional testing done. The cost is marginal for getting more detailed information about your cholesterol as those basic numbers are essentially meaningless - 75% of people who have heart attacks DON'T have high cholesterol. The NMR or VAP tests will give you more of an indication of what your cholesterol is. I also highly recommend reading this article (both parts).
you'll have to read it twice most likely, its very heady and technical. But the analogy of Boats & Cargo should really help you simplify it.
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