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6/4/17 11:41 A

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Sara- Don't burn the kale!
The numbers are good and healthy can mean several things to several people.
So if you are eating salmon- and other cholesterol foods like a burger/bacon and get tested it could go up..but as everyone said here the numbers are good.

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SARAJAYNEE Posts: 79
6/2/17 4:41 P

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Thanks for the input! I'm a bit calmer now lol, and realize my numbers are still pretty fantastic, even with the uptick. I know eating a more whole foods, plant based diet is good for my health in the long term so I'm going to keep at it :)

~Sara
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6/2/17 3:24 P

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One serving of salmon has a surprising amount of saturated fat (6 grams) and cholesterol (109 mg, 33% daily value). I log my food and on my worst days I get total of 6 grams of saturated fat coming from nuts, seeds, and even oats and soy. My lipid panel recently came back with LDL clocking in at 60 from a previous 134 from last year. Hope this helps.

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6/2/17 2:42 P

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My cholesterol when down 8 points when I gave up all animal foods. I don't eat salmon for instance. But I think your numbers are great!

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SARAJAYNEE Posts: 79
6/2/17 12:49 P

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I posted this in the main community forum area but would love some feedback from those following Dr. Fuhrman as well.

Just had my annual physical/blood work results this morning and while overall everything is excellent as expected, my lipid panel was a bit surprising and I'm curious for some feedback.

Preface-I've been maintaining a bmi of 20-21 for the past 4 years and my health markers have been good throughout this time period. In fact last year, my doctor opted to not run a lipid panel because my 2015 results were so good. So I'm comparing my numbers today with numbers from 2015, and I've obviously aged in that time so that could be a factor (?).

Here's the kicker though-my diet has drastically changed since 2015. Back then I was eating 100-300 grams of veg/fruit a day, to now averaging 800 grams or more. Back in 2015 I also ate fast food several times a week, fried foods regularly, lots of sugary foods etc, (just in the correct calorie amounts for my weight goals).

Now however, I eat a mostly whole foods, plant based diet loaded with vegetables and fruit, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds and I also started eating salmon several times a week, while greatly reducing other meat/dairy. I've cut way back on eating out, limit added sugar and fried foods etc etc. I expected my lipid panel to be even more stellar but it actually got worse-what the french fry?! The numbers are still great so no concerns, but I'm a bit puzzled why a better diet has produced worse results.....would love some input from all of you :)

2015 lipid panel
-Total cholesterol: 150
-HDL 58
-LDL 82
-Triglycerides 49
-coronary heart disease risk 2.6

2017 lipid panel
-Total cholesterol: 165
-HDL 58 (same)
-LDL 95
-Triglycerides 62
-coronary heart disease risk 2.8
So-better diet, higher risk of heart disease hmmmm emoticon

And to throw in another wrench-I did actually get some very basic blood work done last fall, 2016, because it's a requirement of our insurance benefits. It was from Quest labs, which my Dr. frowns at, and it didn't give a thorough breakdown-but it did put my total cholesterol at a 143. This is before I started changing my diet, (I didn't start making changes to my diet till January or so of this year).

Exercise has been the same for the past 4 years-brisk walking spring-fall, winter-none, (blood work was done at same time of year as well).

So should I burn my kale and spinach and go to McDs for lunch today?
(kidding, sort of emoticon )

Side note-my fasting glucose number was the same, at 86, which is awesome because I used to be labeled a prediabetic back when I was overweight. Very happy about that number!

eta: I admit this is a bit of blow-I've really been focusing on eating a healthier diet and after months of really working on it, (spending a LOT of time and effort on the changes), I expected to see some positive differences. I'm actually a bit shocked that my lipid panel has gotten worse. This is going to make it difficult to keep eating the way I have been, I've got a big case of 'what's the point' going on right now....

~Sara
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