Cholesterol Update

In 2013, two years before my heart attack, I went in for an overdue annual physical which included a lipid panel. My numbers: 231 total, HDL 54, LDL 157, triglycerides 102.

Today I got the results from a lipid panel done last Friday. My new numbers: 103 total, HDL 31, LDL 44, triglycerides 139.

I guess the combo of statins and low-fat veganism is working.

The rise in triglycerides is something I’ll need to keep an eye on, however. I know that, despite being vegan, my consumption of leafy greens has decreased — finding salads without oily dressings when eating out is nigh impossible — and that of other carbs has gone up. I’ve also not really had time to exercise; the time I once used for morning workouts is now used to get ready so I can get my son dressed, fed, and dropped at daycare in time for me to get to work.

Regardless, I’m really happy with these results.

12 thoughts on “Cholesterol Update

  1. Joe Mitchell True. It’s certainly easier to eat out when I’m in Chicago (where I work) than at home (far western suburbs), but it’s still not easy IMO. But I’m a hard case, since I’m doing vegan and low-fat. There’s a vegan place right by my work (Native Foods), but most of their stuff is like 50% fat, and lots of it is fried.

  2. easy IMO. But I’m a hard case, since I’m doing vegan and low-fat. There’s a vegan place right by my work (Native Foods), but most of their stuff is like 50% fat, and lots of it is fried.]]>

  3. Joe Mitchell A nurse with my insurance provider sent me some “alternative diet” resources for heart patients, e.g. The China Study. (She was very careful not to use the word “vegan”; I guess that scares people off.) I had been vegetarian before, and was moving towards flexitarian even before my heart attack, so it wasn’t a big leap for me.

    Honestly, my actual doctors didn’t have much useful diet info for me. My diet at the time was very healthy by their standards, so they were sort of baffled. I figured I needed to dig deeper, so when that nurse suggested veganism, I was all over it.

  4. The China Study. (She was very careful not to use the word “vegan”; I guess that scares people off.) I had been vegetarian before, and was moving towards flexitarian even before my heart attack, so it wasn’t a big leap for me. Honestly, my actual doctors didn’t have much useful diet info for me. My diet at the time was very healthy by their standards, so they were sort of baffled. I figured I needed to dig deeper, so when that nurse suggested veganism, I was all over it.]]>