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  2. Janet Elizabeth Spittler
    March 19, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    I just got bloodwork done, too — I wonder if our universities are on the same preventive care plan. Anyhow, because I’m competitive, I compared our numbers. Here are mine, in case you are similarly competitive:

    Triglycerides: 56
    Total cholesterol: 179
    LDL: 90 (suck on that)
    HDL: 78
    VLDL: 11
    Glucose: 79

    I also got a liver profile, kidney panel and a bunch of other stuff I don’t understand.

    My blood pressure (on the morning of the bloodwork) was 113/70, but my favorite number was my resting heart rate: 49. Keith was pissed – his was 62.

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  4. Impressive HDL increase!

  5. Rob von Thaden
    March 20, 2010 - 7:28 am

    Good for you! This, I suspect, is the same reason my German relatives ate super high fat diets but lived into their 90s — they did stuff with their bodies! Not as hardcore as you, of course, but during their formative years in inter-war Germany, sitting around wasn’t an option if you wanted to eat anything. I wonder if their bodies got used to processing food a certain way and this continued when they came to the States — fairly young, mind you, in their 20s and 30s.

    I wonder what mine is now.

  6. finally…i was gonna cry if i couldn’t see it this morning. That’s cool, man. What did the physician say? I know Randy got a hard time from his doc when his numbers came in.

  7. Great numbers Matt! You should consider getting an advanced lipoprotein analysis. LDL and HDL particles can differ in size. Smaller LDL particles are more likely to become oxidized and cause damage to the endothelial lining of the arterial wall. The smaller the LDL particle the higher the quantity. Larger LDL particles are less likely to cause damage and atherosclerotic plaques because of their size and are less likely to occur in large numbers. Smaller HDL particles have a difficult time taking small or large LDL particle back to the liver. The goal is to have large fluffy HDL particles that work like Draino in our arteries. Physical inactivity, poor diet, stress and genetics can cause the perfect storm of small dense LDL and small dense HDL. My guess is that you would most likely have great numbers because of your diet and exercise routine. It would be interesting to compare a advanced lipoprotein analysis before and after CrossFit. I am thinking of having this test so I can compare after a year of CrossFit.


  8. Great idea Jamie! I think I’ll spare my school’s insurance pool the advanced lipo- analysis this year, though. I already pay enough for my insurance. :-)

    I am stoked to have you do that 1 year test, though. Get your baseline!

  9. Excellent work, Herr Baldwin! Especially the tri/hdl ratio!

  10. Matt, any blood iron numbers?

    A fellow CF-Durham member just got some blood work back and was told her iron was too high. She was thinking it may be a result of good training & diet.

    • They didn’t test me for iron, as far as I know. To me, it’s surprising to hear that a woman had high iron. Men don’t bleed monthly so we’re more likely to have elevated Iron. I don’t know what the consequences of that might be.

      How much kale and spinach and red meat does she eat? how much cooking on cast iron? is she “regular”? Those questions spring to mind.

      Again, I don’t know whether anyone ought to be worried about elevated iron or why…

      But there’s this…

  11. Check your vitamin D levels. This can affect your LDL if it is below 50ng/ml.

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