The bug should take care of itself in a few days, but while in the doctor's office I, on the spur of the moment decided to have a blood lipid profile and a vitamin D test done. The office was able to do the lipid profile while I waited, so I carried home the results.
This is the first lipid profile I have had in a couple of years. Since my eating style, exercise program and other lifestyle factors are excellent, my approach has been to avoid tests under the theory that I am doing everything I can to stay healthy. The tests add nothing. Nevertheless, my curiosity got the best of me and the test was done. Here are the before and after results, i.e., before beginning my current eating program two years ago. I did have a total cholesterol done several weeks after starting the eating program, but this didn't include the breakdown of cholesterol into its components.
Total Cholesterol Before (220) After (154)
HDL Before (48) After (40)
LDL Before (149) After (92)
Triglycerides Before (116) After (107)
I was pleased with these results because they provide evidence of the benefits of my eating style....30% drop in total cholesterol and 38% drop in LDL. But, my good cholesterol also dropped by 17%. I went back to one of Dr. McDougall's newsletters on cholesterol to refresh my memory. My memory was correct, Dr. McDougall says that HDL is not a relevant indicator in heart health. He says, "