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Old 06-29-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
Colin McNulty
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My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

I keep forgetting to come here and post stuff like this up. A very brief history: 4 years ago I found CrossFit after 15 years of a typical sedentary office job as per the modern man. I was fat and out of shape and seriously worried about my life expectancy. Fast forward and I'm lean, fit and healthy. Weight's unimportant so I'll just say I've lost over half my body fat and leave it at that.

The ups: this has all been done with a combination of CrossFit (obviously), following the Zone and eating mostly paleo foods + dairy.
The downs: I've had some sporadic / prolonged breaks from CrossFit, e.g due to Golfer's Elbow (WFS), Rotator Cuff Tears (WFS), and work commitments. I also cheat too often and have been known to drink too much.

However one thing I hadn't done for 10 years was get my cholesterol etc tested, so last month I tuck the plunge and had them done. The short version is:
  • HDL (good) cholesterol is up.
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol is back up to normal levels (was too low!).
  • Trigylcerides (TG) are down.
  • TG/HDL ratio is down (a Barry Sears test) to well below the threshold.
  • Resting heart is rate down a quarter.
  • Blood pressure is spot on normal.

That's pretty good going in my book! If you want the absolute numbers and the percentage changes, there's a more detailed write up here:
The effects of 4 years on a high cholesterol diet (WFS)
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:06 AM   #2
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Re: My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

It sounds like you've made good progress!

I'm not familiar with the units, since the US uses a different system. For that reason, I don't know what your LDL numbers mean, but I can tell you that LDL cannot be "too low". Your other numbers are all improving though, so I'm sure overall you're better off.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:59 AM   #3
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Re: My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

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It sounds like you've made good progress!

I'm not familiar with the units, since the US uses a different system. For that reason, I don't know what your LDL numbers mean, but I can tell you that LDL cannot be "too low". Your other numbers are all improving though, so I'm sure overall you're better off.
you can have too little "bad" cholesterol.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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Re: My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

Just out of curiosity what are your actual numbers ?
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:05 AM   #5
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Re: My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

Kevin, there's a lot more detail on that link to my blog post, but the highlights are (I've had to convert from the Standard International units: mmol/L, to the standard according to the US: mg/dl which I hope I got right):

* HDL = 2.4 mmol/L or 93 mg/dl (a 50% increase)
* LDL = 2.1 mmol/L or 81 mg/dl (a 24% increase)
* TG = 0.8 mmol/L or 71 mg/dl (a 33% decrease)
* TG/HDL = 0.76 (a 56% reduction)
* Resting heart rate = 62 beats per minute (26% reduction)
* Blood Pressure = 125 / 77 (at 38 years old)

Doing that conversion made me think that Barry Sear's ratios should be done with US numbers, not international numbers, so the TG/HDL percentage changed slightly from what I did have.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:01 AM   #6
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Re: My Bloods After 4 Years of Paleo Zone

congrats man - thats awesome -
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