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In The Interest Of Full Disclosure...
I got basic blood work done a few weeks back, and I thought I'd share the results with you. I wanted to C&P it from the patient portal website, but I can't figure out how to do that, so I'll just tell you. I'm 53 years old, and have been eating a low carbohydrate diet for 17 years. I have, in the past several months, been deliberately increasing fat and decreasing protein as fractions of my diet, while keeping my carbs very low, generally under 20 grams per day.
My lipid panel is as follows:
Total cholesterol: 202 (Oh, nooo! It's hiiiigh!)
Triglycerides: 32 (Yes, 32. That's the lowest I've seen them, and honestly the lowest I've heard of. Anyone have lower trigs?)
HDL: 85 (Top end of the listed range on the form.)
LDL: 111 (See what those low trigs do to the Friedewald Equation?)
VLDL: 8 (Says you want your VLDL below 50. Think I'm doing okay?)
Risk Factor: 2.38 (Says you want it below 4.44.)
In short, it doesn't look like I'm croaking of a heart attack any time soon.
My HbA1c -- measure of blood sugar over the previous 3 months -- is 4.7. Clearly I've got the blood sugar thing under control. This is without metformin or Victoza, by the way; I'm off of both.
Triglycerides of 32. Who ever heard of such a thing?