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To any BTD skeptics:
Behold my improved cholesterol results after steadily increasing adherance to the Type A non-secretor diet in two years time. Let me also give you a background of where I was in life when my first results were taken. It was October of 2002. I had just graduated in May. During my 3rd and 4th years of pharmacy school I exercised like crazy (jogged or other cardio and also lifted weights). I ate a lot of Amy's Kitchen vegetarian dinners. Upon graduation I exercised a lot less but still ate about the same as I was already eating. I found out my secretor status in the fall. I still ate quite a lot of dairy and wheat though I did add on more soy.
Fasting Lipid Panel via Fairview Riverside Clinic, Oct 2002 (normal range within parentheses):
Total Cholesterol: 214 (115-199)
Triglycerides: 74 (40-199)
LDL-aka bad cholesterol: 99 (0-129)
VLDL-aka very bad cholesterol: 15 (7-32)
HDL-aka good cholesterol: 74 (over 35)
After reading Live Right, I began cutting out milk and wheat as best as I could. I still cheat every once in a while, but consciously cheat. I try to live in moderation and not get too tied up in being perfect, but strive to choose BTD-friendly alternatives when available. Here's what's happening.....
Fasting Lipid Panel via Health Partners Uptown Clinic, Sept. 29, 2004:
Total Cholesterol: 164 (down 50 points!)
Triglycerides: 28 (down 46 points!)
LDL: 77 (down 22 points!)
VLDL: not tested at this lab due to different clinic, but assuming this may have gone down, too, since total is down!
HDL: 81 (up 7 points!)
I had my fasting lipid panel done because I wanted to confirm the results of the State Fair cholesterol. As you may have read in a previous blog, my total was 173 and my HDL was 68 as done in that non-fasting state. I am so excited to see how well my fasting results improved!
Strangely enough, these results are mainly due to food. I exercise less than I used to (though I do have a job that requires long hours of standing), but I just try to follow the formula for healthy A living and it's working well for me!
More to come in my blog as I have spent a wonderful weekend off and on with fellow A bloggers Jim and Jennifer! Stay tuned and be well!