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LEHERSELF
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12/1/11 7:17 P

Two things - one, blood lipid panels are meant to be taken fasting. If you weren't fasting (had a fat containing meal within 12 hours of the blood draw), that can impact the results. Also, certain micronutrient deficiencies can cause hyperlipidemia, like copper deficiency (for example). If you've been calorie restricted for a while and don't take a multivitamin & mineral (many multis don't have significant mineral content), that could also cause it. There are also medical conditions that can cause elevated cholesterol, like hypothyroidism.

Basically, if you're eating a healthy and nutrionally dense diet, I wouldn't necessarily pass this off as "I must be doing something wrong". If it's not a fasting error, then it might be something that you can't correct on your own. I would do some research into potential causes of high ldl, and if your numbers don't improve when you retest in 3 months I would ask for additional testing.

[Not trying to be a scaremonger here. It's just that if your diet and exercise are on point, there *must* be an explanation for why things have changed. Now, if your diet and exercise have seriously slacked in the last few months, that's a different story... Ultimately, you know your body and lifestyle more than we do.]



LAETU5
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12/1/11 4:52 P

I think I remember being told that what you eat before having your cholesterol checked can affect it....I don't know if that is true or not.



PAT4PROG
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12/1/11 4:19 P

Thanks for sharing the article, Yactman...very interesting. The doctor had comment on my weight loss and congratulated me; she says it's usually like pulling teeth to get people to change their habits.
But regarding my diet, I don't track everyday anymore but do it off and on as to be sure I'm still in range with everything. At this point, my changes are pretty much a lifestyle change and it's has become routine to make those smart, healthy choices.
We'll just recheck in 3 months and go from there.
Thanks bunches for the feedback...I can always count on my Spark Buddies for helpful insight and encouragement.
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NAYPOOIE
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12/1/11 3:08 P

Do you track what you eat and do? Maybe something changed in your routine or diet?



YACHTSMAN
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12/1/11 2:04 P

If you are loosing weight, your cholesterol numbers can go of whack for a few months. Best to have a cholesterol check a few months after weight loss has leveled off.

Recall this cardiologist's article of what he has seen with cholesterol numbers when his patients loose weight.

"What is this wacky thing called “weight loss”?"

www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/2011/09/what-
is-this-wacky-thing-called-weight-loss
.html




MSLAURALYNN
Posts: 101
12/1/11 1:13 P

I was told back in June that my lipid levels were a little high (not sure the number) . The Dr. I had at the time didn't say too much about it and I didn't know anything about it. After talking to my mom who is pretty medically smart (haha) she helped me a bit on what to do and such. I since transferred to a Dr. that is willing to help. He basically told me how to lower it and such. I just started dieting and exercising and went back and :O It lowered! So basically the point of my story haha is just keep your head up and work on it :) You can do it! Good Luck!



PAT4PROG
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11/30/11 9:04 A

WOW...was I in for a shock....after a year of steady improvement in my lipid numbers, my LDL increased over 50 points in the last six months, up to 158. The HDL is still a little low, but as expected is moving up little by little, triglycerides are fantastic. Just totally baffled over the LDL increase.
Have any of you had similar experiences?
I was very disappointed-retesting in 3 months.
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