Setting a new high score

August 20th, 2009, by

Some of you have recently seen your doctor and had a basic lipid profile done. After getting your results and reading my explanation of them, some of you are now looking to improve on your already solid scores. Let's start with your HDL and see how you can go about trying to get into the triple digits:

  • Alcohol - HDL increases due to the ethanol content, but stick to wine and spirits to avoid the grains in beer.
  • Fish Oil - The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil will reduce triglycerides which accelerate the destruction of HDL.
  • Grains - Eliminate the grains to directly and indirectly (through weight loss) increase HDL levels.
  • Saturated Fat - This one is pretty straight forward, eat lots of saturated fat and watch your HDL go up.
  • Vitamin D - Achieving normal levels of 25(OH) vitamin D will raise your HDL similar to losing 30+ pounds!
  • Weight Loss - Shedding excess body fat can have the most profound effect on your HDL levels.

Show us your lipids!
Submit your blood work to me so that I can share your wonderful results with everyone who reads the blog. If you have numbers from before CrossFit/Paleo feel free to include those too. Thanks!

8 Responses to "Setting a new high score"

  • Thanks for the advice Bill! In keeping in line with the Graveyard Gang's competitiveness (we ARE a competitive bunch, aren't we?), I was mad when I heard that Tommy Mohr's HDL was a whopping 20pts higher than mine! (mine was 52). Though don't get me wrong, of course I am happy to see that Tom is so healthy. I attribute his high score to those Mike's Hard Lemonades he so enjoys.

    Since adding 15g fish oil/day to my diet, removing the grains, increasing the saturated fat and taking a Vitamin D supplement, I'm confident that when I have this tested again that it will be much higher. Lookout Tommy Mohr, I'm coming for you!

  • Dave, that IS good. Just be sure to get your vitamin D levels checked after a while to ensure that you are maintaining an adequate level (60-80 ng/mL).

  • Can you itemize what we should request when going in for the blood test? I plan on scheduling a test in the next couple of weeks. I'm hoping to smoke Tommy Mo's HDL #! :)

  • Dave mis-spoke once again. I'm twenty TWO points higher than him. Not Twenty. Appreciate you shorting me on that.

    Now, how can you NOT love the members of the GYG? Seriously - we compete every day in the gym, at work and with our diets.

    Now it comes down to competing in our Complete Blood Count (CBC) testing.

    Tommy Mo HDL = 74

    By the way, I have $5 that Garth walks into the Doctors office for his appointment the convo goes like this:

    Nurse: "Hello, sir. How are you today. You're hear for an appointment?"
    Garth: "Yes. My name is Garth Huckabay."
    Nurse: "Okay, Mr. Huckabay, thank you. Can you fill these forms out please? Then we'll be right with you."
    Garth: "Sounds good. Mind if I take my shirt off here in the lobby?"