My Cholesterol went up?!
Every time I give blood they check my cholesterol and I can keep track of it online, I just gave blood last tuesday and checked my cholesterol and it went up!
My Cholesterol history is:
April 9 2009: 124
July 22 2009: 111
September 25 2009: 110
February 2 2010: 131
I was vegan/vegetarian every time I gave blood but my diet has been changed about every time. The first time I was probably eating more macrobiotic vegan (lots of grains) then in the summer I got into eating local eggs from the farmers market but my cholesterol went down surprisingly. I have been veg. since January 2006 and vegan since April 2008 so these numbers do reflect a longer stent into not eating meat and my cholesterol. I was pretty active in the summer but I am way more active now. I was really curious what my level would be now being pretty high raw vegan for around 3 months and going to the gym practically every day. It might be due to the higher fat content in my diet from nuts and seeds that help keep me warm in this cold weather. I usually get around 30% of my calories from fat from mostly sunflower seeds and flaxseeds and occasionally from pumpkin seeds, avocados, walnuts, grapeseed oil and coconut. I am curious how my level will be in the summer when I give 80-10-10 a try. I am not too much worried about my level just more so curious why it went up so much....
Anybody have their cholesterol checked and if so what are your levels?
My friend, who is going to school for cardiac rehabilitation, said that if you exercise right before the test, it raises your count.
I think your good cholesterol just went up from eating healthy fats. You should get separate counts next time for your HDL and LDL. That might give you a clearer picture.
There is a separate thread about this http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=25318.0
I agree, your cholesterol could have improved by an increase in HDLs. A separate count will help you figure it out better. However, your cholesterol is so low that I really wouldn't worry about it. Anyone eating a healthy vegan diet (w/ lots of whole foods & veggies, & no trans-fats) should be totally fine.
Yeah, I don't think you are in a range where even if it went up a little more it would be disasterous. I just got my cholesterol checked for the first time in January and I've been vegan for almost a year and it was 180, which was way higher than I expected but my parents told me that high cholesterol just runs in the family, so I suppose it could be a heredity thing and your diet alone is keeping it so low.