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Old 10-06-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Need help with labs so I can talk to my doc

I just received my lab work back and most numbers have greatly improved from last year!! And after reading through the boards, I understand most of this but do have a question about 1 number - LDL-P.

Ok, so my basic numbers are:

Total - 188
HDL 61 (up from last year!)
Non HDL - 127
Trig - 101 (down, yay!)
LDL Cholesterol Calc 107 (this should be under 100, but I'm not sure exactly what this is - Calc?)

LDL/HDL ratio 1.8

LDL - P 1469. This is the one I'm concerned about. It should be under 1000.
However my LDL size is 21.1 which says it's in the Pattern A, large size particles.

Also, the Small LDL-P is 119 which is way down from last year, and under 527 is considered good.

So my question is do I need to worry about the LDL-P number since I have mostly Pattern A, and my small LDL-p number is so low?

Hopefully someone here understands this more than I do, so I can talk to my doc informatively. She wanted to put me on statins last year and I told her no way!

I should also state that last year my C-reactive was an 8, very high. And it's down to 3!! Still a little high but much better!
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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I don't know as much about some types of cholesterol as others on here, but I do want to say congrats on lowering your inflammation level, C-reactive protein, so much! That has to be major reassurance for you that your WOE is the right thing!
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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I don't know as much about some types of cholesterol as others on here, but I do want to say congrats on lowering your inflammation level, C-reactive protein, so much! That has to be major reassurance for you that your WOE is the right thing!
Thanks! Yes, that number was a big concern. Along with my diet change, I have also added chia seeds, and things like kale to my diet. I do think this helped!
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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I was just reading "Wheat Belly" this morning, and read something about a Friedewald calculation:

LDL cholesterol=total cholesterol-HDL cholesterol-(triglycerides divided by 5)

That may be the Calc....???

That's about all I know! Congratulations on your better numbers!
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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I believe LDL is usualy calculated. Hence the LDL calc. Because triglecerides enter into this calculation extremley high trigleceride levels of 400 or higher can mess this calculation up and in this case a LDL direct test can be used. Another advantage of the
LDL direct test is it can be taken any time ever right after eating.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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HDL,LDL, triglycerides

I know a little bit about the lipid panel, and can't remember which video I saw it on, but I know your bloodwork is much better than before. When a diet is high in carbohydrates and sugar, you will normally see high triglycerides, low HDL, high LDL with a higher amount of the pattern B (the dense, artery clogging kind). When you reduce your carbohydrates, you will see higher HDL, lower triglycerides, the LDL will have higher pattern A (the good fluffy kind), and lower pattern B. The LDL calc is calculated from other parts of the bloodwork. You are wise to stay away from any statins and use your diet to lower the bad lipids. My last bloodwork showed cholesterol 205, triglycerides 36, HDL 68 and LDL was 100 pattern A. Sometimes doctors don't look at the big picture, and you really have to become educated on what is best for you. In summary, keep doing what you are doing, stay lo carb, and keep your HDL and Pattern A LDL high, and your triglycerides low. This is what you want to see to protect your heart and blood vessels from plaque. Just my .02 worth.
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