(I have no idea where to post this, so I’m shooting here. Maybe more MPSIMP)…
Talk to me about triglycerides. I don’t know what they are or why mine are so dumb-high.
I’ve been really working on my health since March. My father is dying of late-stage heart failure and I’m inheriting most of his bad genes, including fuck-off high blood pressure and cholesterol. In fact, I have some inherited hyper-cholesterol-ism that my doc says I will never diet away or outrun.
I did a blood workup in March, then a weight and BP check in back in April. Yesterday (June 8th) was my 2 month follow up/blood panel.
I’m down 16 lbs from April, and my cholesterol is down 54 points from March. My liver enzymes are normal (down from March) and in general, every aspect of my health improved dramatically since March. Even my sodium and other mineral levels fell back into the ideal range.
…but two things went up: My glucose was slightly higher, but my triglycerides jumped from like the 100-somethings to the 200 somethings (I can’t access my chart for exact numbers right now).
The doc called and said she was super happy with all my numbers and progress, and just suggested I cut out refined sugars, carbs and gluten from my diet to try to improve my triglycerides.
Here’s the problem: I’ve made all this progress and lost all this weight from eating low-carb. I don’t eat any pasta, grains, bread, sugars, not much fruit, very few nuts (for now)–I can’t for the life of me figure out what I have less to reduce to fix my triglycerides.
Do any of you have any advice or explanations? How much does alcohol factor in? What about SUGAR alcohols? Xylitol? Aspartame?
ETA: How narrow is the window to blast up or down your triglycerides? If I had very little sugar for weeks, then ate a chocolate the night before the test, would that blow up the reading?