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Triglycerides is driving me crazy...

harrynguyen
harrynguyen
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Hey guys, first time here. For the first time in my life, I finally received my health report after years of never getting it for some reason and how I got it was through my job as an incentive to get better but also decrease the premium. But anyway, I found out that I have a triglycerides of 204, I'm also premature and I have high metabolism, I'm 26 going on 27 in July.

I don't know too much about this health stuff but I should and I'm learning now as it affects me. So, what's driving me crazy is that I read blogs and research and even talk to coworkers and they said stay away from grains, eggs, etc. But some research says you could eat grains and some can't. I just don't understand, and there's so many types of diets but it's focused on weight loss. I'm not trying to lose weight so Keto isn't for me, very restrictive. I was reading into it. I want to gain weight, the healthy way. And I heard that the Mediterranean diet is the best way to go.

It's getting to the point where this is all I talk about, that I'm worrying and stressing over, to the point where I'm feeling depressed, to where it's getting addicting, feeling obsessed but at the same time never want to go there...

So, another thing too is I want to know how does the body works, for me I have 2 jobs. 2 is physical demanding, requires a lot of walking, fast pace movements and whatnot. Let's say I eat like one scoop of brown rice with chicken, however many calories it is and carbs and whatever it has, say I burn it in 2 hours. Does that mean that my body resets as if I never ate? So, I do it again until they day ends, they say the total intake is 30-35% of calories, so does that means that by the end of the day I should have that much calories?

I went to a dietrician before and they said I need more protein and iron.

I'm doing to rerun a health check up again. I got quinoa, omega 3, lots of veggies and tea.

Please help! Thank you!

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sandybrown

If you can type in the following numbers as it is difficult to read.

Total cholesterol.

LDL.

HDL.

Triglyceride.

Any other lipid numbers.

From you explanation you are doing a lot of exercise in your two jobs.

Now you have to manage your food and drinks intake, watching out for free and hidden sugar!!

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harrynguyen

HDL Cholesterol 60

Triglycerides 79

Glucose 89

Blood Pressure 114/67

Waist Circumference 27

I don't understand cause this is what it says on top of the page... This may differ from your risk status for Metabolic Syndrome as shown on the previous page. This section reviews each health risk against a range that doctors use to assess the results. Below is a key to help you understand what your results mean.

On the next page, it says my

Total cholesterol is 204

LDL - 126

HDL - 60

HDL Ratio - 3.4

Triglycerides - 79

Glucose - 89

Blood Pressure - 114/67

BMI - 16.6

Waist - 27

What I don't understand is it says Trig is 79 but my total cholesterol is 204... This is confusing...

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sandybrown

There is a formula for total cholesterol.

Total cholesterol is the sum of all lipid parameters.

The equation is: LDL cholesterol (mg/dL) = total cholesterol – HDL cholesterol – (triglycerides/5).

LDL= 204 -60 -79/5

LDL= 204-60 - 15.8

LDL= 128.2 This is because of man made calculation and other lipid numbers.

What you can do is stop worrying, take it easy. Read about lipid numbers.

Ask your doctor on life style change and adjust your diet. Watch out for hidden and free sugar in your food and drinks. Some of your lipid numbers are little high, your doctor will look at your full medical records to do a risk analysis.

Take care.

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This information is from the Internet.

"In the United States, cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. In Canada and many European countries, cholesterol levels are measured in millimoles per liter (mmol/L). To interpret your test results, use these general guidelines.

Total cholesterol

(U.S. and some other countries)

Total cholesterol*

(Canada and most of Europe)

Below 200 mg/dLBelow 5.2 mmol/LDesirable

200-239 mg/dL5.2-6.2 mmol/LBorderline high

240 mg/dL and aboveAbove 6.2 mmol/LHigh

LDL cholesterol

(U.S. and some other countries)

LDL cholesterol*

(Canada and most of Europe)

Below 70 mg/dLBelow 1.8 mmol/LBest for people who have coronary artery disease — including a history of heart attacks, angina, stents or coronary bypass.

Below 100 mg/dLBelow 2.6 mmol/LOptimal for people at risk of coronary artery disease or who have a history of diabetes. Near optimal for people with uncomplicated coronary artery disease.

100-129 mg/dL2.6-3.3 mmol/LNear optimal if there is no coronary artery disease. High if there is coronary artery disease.

130-159 mg/dL3.4-4.1 mmol/LBorderline high if there is no coronary artery disease. High if there is coronary artery disease.

160-189 mg/dL4.1-4.9 mmol/LHigh if there is no coronary artery disease. Very high if there is coronary artery disease.

190 mg/dL and aboveAbove 4.9 mmol/LVery high.

HDL cholesterol

(U.S. and some other countries)

HDL cholesterol*

(Canada and most of Europe)

Below 40 mg/dL, men

Below 50 mg/dL, women

Below 1 mmol/L

Below 1.293 mnol/L

Poor

40-59 mg/dL1-1.5 mmol/LBetter

60 mg/dL and aboveAbove 1.5 mmol/LBest

Triglycerides

(U.S. and some other countries)

Triglycerides*

(Canada and most of Europe)

Below 150 mg/dLBelow 1.7 mmol/LDesirable

150-199 mg/dL1.7-2.2 mmol/LBorderline high

200-499 mg/dL2.3-5.6 mmol/LHigh

500 mg/dL and aboveAbove 5.6 mmol/LVery high"

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harrynguyen

Everything is listed there. I went to Quest Diagnostic.

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harrynguyen
harrynguyen
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I don't know, that's what I got. Maybe its just the lab test but I still need to go to my health insurance for all of that.

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harrynguyen
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I don't know bro, this is just what I got. I'm gonna go thru for a full physical exam to see.

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arty_sax

Go and enjoy yourself... Forget worrying about stuff. Keep healthy...when 40...then make lifestyle choices!!!

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harrynguyen

I wish it was that easy but now is the time to prepare for what could happen then to wait until it finally hits...

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arty_sax

It is easy.... You're more at risk from worry and stress!!!

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sos007
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Welcome to the Cholesterol forum.

Triglycerides are a function of your consumption of sugar, sugar equivalents, simple carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, white pasta, white pizza dough, white potatoes) and refined carbohydrates found in processed foods (boxed and packaged foods from the supermarket).

The Mediterranean Diet is not a weight loss diet, but a lifestyle diet. It is the diet that was popular in Greece and surrounding countries in the 1950s.

It is based on legumes (chick peas, lentils, beans, green peas) forming the foundation of your daily meals, supplemented with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, avocado, fresh fish, and only very small portions of animal protein (3 oz) eaten on occasion.

The produce, meats and fish were all locally sourced. There were no industrial farms that created overcrowded conditions for the animals.

In essence, the Mediterranean Diet focuses on real food, that you prepare yourself from fresh ingredients. Things like crackers, chips, pretzels and other snack foods should be avoided.

The Mediterranean Diet 'leans' toward the ketogenic diet in that the body is fueled more with healthy fats (olives, olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, goat and sheep dairy products) than with the refined and simple carbohydrates that dominate the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is now widespread throughout the world, even in Greece.

The body works more efficiently when fueled by healthy fats and complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, legumes) than by simple carbohydrates.

Whether or not you need to worry about iron depends on your body's iron levels. You should get a blood test that measures 'ferritin'. Excess iron (very dangerous) can be caused by type 2 diabetes and excess consumption of red meat which includes, beef, veal, lamb and pork.

Don't worry about eggs - they are fine - try and buy eggs that come from organic, pasture-raised, free range chickens. Dairy should also be sourced from organic farms and from livestock that feed on pasture or grass and NOT grain. Cheese should be eaten in moderation as it is calorically dense. Cheeses from Scandinavian countries are high in vitamin K2 which is essential for moving calcium from your arteries to your bones. The best cheeses are Gouda and Jarlesberg.

Goat and sheep dairy are also, generally speaking, healthier than cow dairy due to a higher level of medium chain fatty acids (MCT).

I hope that helps.

Good luck.

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harrynguyen

Sos007, thank you for the info! I was going to use parmasean cheese for my chicken to bake. But I'm going to be doing more grilling and baking. Yes, actually I drink a lot of goat milk! But I will look into gouda and Jarlesberg cheese.

I was born premature so I'm underweight, I'm going to be 27 soon and I'm like 90-95lb. I need to gain more weight, when I was doing my research on triglycerides and carbs, the doctor I think his name is Doctor Berg, he recommended more fats than carbs.

I'm going to eat more eggs then I also heard that eggs are NOT the cause of cholesterol in fact it doesn't affect it to rise whatsoever!

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sos007
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Keep in mind that stress can elevate cortisol levels which will boost triglycerides in your blood. It is important to take time each day to unwind and relax and it is even more important to sleep a full 8 hours per day.

You should listen to this 3 part podcast on Dr. Peter Attia's website as he interviews Dr. Matthew Walker:

peterattiamd.com/matthewwal...

If you want you can just simply read the show notes instead.

Sleep is critical to good health and lower cortisol levels.

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ashleyout

I am in the same boat as you, I am active most of the day yet my triglyceride was about 300 in the new year. I have all but stopped drinking, reduced my meat intake, increased fruit, veg and pulses and I also have porridge every morning. Try and cut out cakes, alcohol, and any refined sugar you can and exercise at least 30 minutes a day even though you say your jobs are physically demanding.

I was taking Atorvastain but I developed some nasty side effects, however I am now taking fenofibrate, and three months later my triglyceride was down from 300 to 109. If you dont fancy taking the pills the exercise and reduced alcohol should sort it out.

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harrynguyen

I don't even drink alcohol 😂, but once in a blue moon I do. Yeah, had to cut the beef lol. I eat oatmeal every morning.

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kasibarndoor

I notice that you are underweight, dietary advice since about the 1950s has been to reduce fat, particularly Saturated fat. This is showing to be wrong, the mediterranean diet contains Omega 3 and saturated fats, and is low in Omega 6 which are the man made oils. Try to eat grass fed beef organic and free range poultry and eggs. Do not be obsessed by fat, If you eat fat as part of your diet, your body remains fuller for longer so that you naturally regulate your food intake. Try not to deviate too much from what your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents ate particularly if they lived a long and healthy life.

The main issue with food today is that it is often prepared in industrial kitchens using chemicals or sugar to provide "flavour". Be careful to change your diet thoughtfully, as unlike most of us you are not overweight and need to try to move toward a healthier body weight gradually, the place to start is by knowing what you eat is made from, use butter, cream and olive oil in your cooking, coconut oil is better for stir frying as it is more resistant to heat or you could use gee.

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