Since we found out Ian was osteoporotic last year, I decided it was time for my first DXA scan. How else am I to find out whether my bone density is getting better (or worse) on the Alkaline Paleo Diet if I don’t know what it’s like now?
At age 53 and menopausal, the results of the DXA scan shows that I am not as yet in any danger zone. I have no osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis) but I am not in the age 20 years bracket for bone health. I am in the top of the yellow zone.
My Blood Tests…..
When I visited my doctor to get my blood test results he had a trainee doctor with him and my doctor was trying to be as instructional as possible, but the trainee doctor was not going to get any normal text book case with me.
My doctor, who as I have already mentioned, is not au fait with the Paleo diet was clearly shocked and amazed by the fact that my HDL Cholesterol (called ‘good’ cholesterol) was so high at 3.0 within a range of 1.1-1.9, he said he hadn’t seen a reading like this in 5 years. The last time he saw the same HDL levels was when he had viewed elite athlete’s blood profiles.
My LDL levels are up too at 7.1. Supposed to be a bad cholesterol but not if they are light and fluffy. I cannot have this test to find out what kind they are in Australia yet so I can tell whether they are or aren’t.
My triglycerides are really low at 0.7 within a range of 0.6-2.0.
The Cholesterol/HDL ratios 3.5 which are considered the important reading are within the range of 0-4.5.
“Old people with high cholesterol live the longest. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind, at least for those who haven’t read this book, to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers.” ** (excerpt from Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You.)
A protective substance in LDL cholesterol has been shown in studies to be very important in protection of the body against disease-promoting bacteria one of which is called staphylococci. This bacterium is able to destroy all kinds of human cells, including red blood cells. When mixed with LDL cholesterol the bacteria were neutralized.
There is also evidence that LDL can bind with allergens in the bloodstream and make them harmless to the body.
Homocysteine levels, were 10 years ago up at 12 (scale of 0-15.0). I was only 43 and I think the inflammation from my IBS was the reason this marker was up. Now at 53, it’s gone down to 6.6, basically half of what it was back then. I am very happy with the outcome for this marker.
A Bit About Homocysteine
A high blood level of Homocysteine is a reliable risk factor for each of the following:
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Thyroid-related health challenges
- Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
- Chronic Pain
- Digestive Disorders
For more really good info about the benefits of low Homocysteine levels go here http://drbenkim.com/articles-homocysteine.html
Greg, my doc’s name, couldn’t fault the fact my triglycerides were nice and low.
My urate levels (shows level of acidity in the body) were also very low. He was a bit surprised because he thought they would be higher considering my meat intake.
This is the first time he told me he had better do some research on the diet. I suggested “The Art and Science of Low Carb Living” by Drs Volek and Phinney.
I did my last series of blood tests 3 years ago which was about 6 months after I started the Alkaline Paleo diet so it is interesting to see the difference in so many of my bodily functions.
**Kozarevic D et al. Serum cholesterol and mortality: the Yugoslavia Cardiovascular Disease Study. Am J Epidemiol. 1981 Jul;114(1):21-8.