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1/27/12 3:02 A

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Hi guys ~ when I went vegan 5 yrs ago my triglycerides doubled too, almost tripled. For me it was definitely a transitional reliance on sweets & mock meats because I was so addicted to cheese (casomorphins) & meat ~ that I binged ALOT on anything I considered "vegan/healthy' so that meant tons of vegan ice cream, cookies, muffins, etc. I am just an addict. However, I just dropped in here cause I'm almost finished reading "Wheat Belly" and there are tons of answers in there for me, and I wished I had read it at the beginning. {The author is not vegan but he supports the lifestyle} Has anyone else read it or something like that? I am off wheat 5 weeks now and am really having healthy results. After the initial shock of high triclycerides, I detoxed off all the sugar & refined carbs and my readings have been perfect for years ~ giving up wheat was for inflammation/pain in my hips & knees, and that started working after just 3 days off the wheat...pain has not returned since I stopped the wheat. Hope some/or any of this is a possible help! Blessings

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1/24/12 8:13 A

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After investigating a bit I think I found my answer. It's too many carbs in the form of wheat products like bread, pasta, crackers. The carbs spike blood sugar which raises the triglycerides. Also too many legumes.

So I will cut down on bread, potatoes, and have grains sparingly and see what my blood shows next time.

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1/23/12 8:02 P

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Yes, it is frustrating. No...it's not my thyroid... The only changes I made was going totally vegan and losing 10 lbs..and exercising every day. What the heck!?

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1/23/12 7:28 P

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I had to go on BP medication recently but I dont think it is related to my diet. I am not overweight at all. BUT, I have an appt. with a dietican this Thursday. My Triglyceride's are also elevated, so I will ask about it. She is going to help me make a better transition into eating Vegan. I cant wait and will get back and let you all know what they tell me!

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1/23/12 2:55 P

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Don't quote me on this, but one day recently Dr. Oz was talking about cholesterol and the omega 3's could cause our numbers to go up. He also mentioned that if we take asprin, it could block our Vit. B12. I was taking 2 baby asprin a day, so I am going to just take one now. I take 1000 mg. of vit. b12. I take 1200 mg. of omega 3. My cholesterol has gone up, and it was the trig. I also take the red yeast rice too. I am frustrated. I have been vegan for over 2 years now.

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1/23/12 2:53 P

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My husband's triglycerides are high as well. It turns out he also has an under active thyroid which effects your triglycerides. In this blood work did they check your thyroid?

Here's a pretty good article on the topic. www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management
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There are lots more available.

Kelly

A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.
- Stephen Dolley Jr.

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1/23/12 2:46 P

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I just got my blood work back after being totally vegan for 2 months. My total cholesterol is just a bit high, but my triglycerides doubled! When I eat grains, they are whole grains. I don't overdo fruit or fruit juice. I'm eating lots of vegetables and keeping the fats low.

Can anyone here help me understand why the triglycerides are so high and what to do about it? Thanks all.

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