Both my father and younger brother have been diagnosed with Low HDL, my father had a quadruple bi-pass at 53, and my brother was 15 when he was first diagnosed with a high Total/HDL Level.
I have always been fit but earlier this year I too was diagnosed with:
HDL:34 LDL:119, Total:181, Triglycerides:141
My doctor said to increase exercise and take fish oil. I'm coming up on the six month mark and I got a health screening through my work, as a preview, before I went back to my doctor. My hope is that the rapid screening device was malfunctioning but several of my co-workers results came back as expected.
The Results were disappointing:
HDL:<15, LDL:N/A Total:153, Triglicerides: 106
According to the tech my HDL levels were too low to register (a co workers registered at 23) which meant that they were unable to calculate my LDL. This was surprising to me as I have taken the following steps:
* No more then 30% of my DV for Saturated Fat Or Cholestrol Daily (Often 0%)
* Strength training 4 hours Weekly
* Yoga 1:30 hours Weekly
* 2 hours Cardio Weekly
* 1200MG of Omega 3,6,9 Twice daily
* 500Mg Niacin Before bed.
I work out religiously now, I miss a day once a month maybe, my diet was always pretty good but I have eliminated most sugars and non whole wheat breads and pasta's as well, I do not smoke, and my body fat Percentage is 12%. I Do Not do any Drugs(steroids), and I eat in moderation.
I've just learned that Niacin is not effective until I get to the 2000mg to 3000mg and I have increased to 1000mg and pending my doctors approval plan to take more.
I'm also Considering to servings of almonds per day Accounting for 60% of my DV of Fat.
Am I doing anything wrong? Any Suggestions?