that is odd for a person on that type of diet. generally speaking low carb and high triglycerides don’t go together… how were his glucose numbers? what is his training like?
I had my roommate post this for me at the time of our discussion. I certainly appreciate all of the feedback on the topic. We both came to the concussion we know very little about cholesterol levels and we were curious how they may play into training/quality of life/etc.
To elaborate on the topic: HDL-32 LDL-162 Trigly-265 BP-110/60 (24 y/o, 6’1", 194lbs, 12% Body fat). I had the test taken on a Tuesday morning before inhaling my first shake with flax for the day. I must admit I did drink on Saturday but I figured it would have been pretty well out of my system after hitting one of the biggest legs days in weeks. I usually only drink 1 night a week . . . so I would hope that is not the prime contributor. I have a strict enough diet to have my co-works mocking me and I train on average 4.5 times a week. My focus for the last 4 weeks has been to keep my heart rate in the 80% zone by dropping the weight to increase quality reps, with minimal rest. I have not been doing any structured cardo after these high intensity sessions because lets face it I am beat after 50 minutes of doing pretty much whatever it takes to keep my heart rate up.
The more I read up on the topic of high Triglycerides less I want to believe one source over another. The one piece of information that I did gather that may also help to explain my numbers is that I do drink ~2 gallons of milk a week. So I am really anxious to get some information from individuals who lead similar lifestyles to myself not a website that recommends 30 minutes of brisk walking for sufficient exercise.
Please let the comments continue and I hope this forum stay active for a while. Please feel free let it rip, I was a 1-AA punter for 4 years so if you think I need to be put in my place it has been about 2 years since the Linebackers coach called me a broke dick. [/quote]
You have already been told and much of this is genetics so you may not be able to do what works for others and have same results.
You are lean. Good for you but not much else you can do here. Add some cardio it does not have to be high intensity.
Fish oil, at least 4,000mg a day or higher
Diet go low carb and avoid alcohol. Although you are so lean and many at you age with your body fat can actually handle a lot of carbs while staying lean and not affecting cholesterol and bodyfat as much as someone fat or with poor insulin sensitivity, you may be the exception.
Consider a form of Niacin. I believe in Niamax some like slo niacin. Some concern for liver and insulin sensitivity with this medication, but nothing relatively safe works so well for HDL and it is good for LDL also. You can give lifestyle a final try before this if you want, but I doubt you raise HDL above 40.
I would not consider going on prescription meds unless you have a horrbile family hisotry of heart disease. In that case I would check your subparticles of your cholesterol and consider seeing a cardiologist or at least an internist.
Or choose not to worry beacuse you are not lazy and fat like most americans and we will all eventually have to die no matter how healty we are, and stress kills. You numbers do not look good but with you low bodyfat and low blood pressure you have a lot going for you in those regards
Why even worry at all you ask? Very oversimplified but with high triglycerides and bad cholsterol, and low HDL you are at an increased risk for getting atherosclerosis and other problems. It can affect your entire body eventually, yes even your erections.
I ate worse than you and was much, much fatter than you with my before numbers
HDL 42 LDL 147 triglycerides 116
After going low carb, addding fish oil, lost gut, and doing cardio
HDL 38 yes it got worse LDL 101 triglycerides 40
I have not tested since taking Niacin and it is about time for me to do so again. My diet and cardio has not been as consistent lately but time to change that again because I am starting to get a gut again.
I obviously concluded I can control everything but my HDL with lifestyle so I could either live with it or take Niacin. I decided the few risks with Niacin was worth it for me but you must make your own choice because it is your body.