Lipid Panel Results – Carnivore vs Paleo vs Carbs
I’ve been doing more reading on nutrition recently. I stopped researching a year ago because I had been intensively studying diet and nutrition for over a decade, and I had reached a point where the facts were well-known and supported and I was no longer interested in educating or arguing online.
Recently, my family have had our physicals all around the same time. I moved from paleo to carnivore over a year ago. My doctor wanted to track this, concerned I get more veggies while keeping an eye on my cholesterol. My kids needed to cut down on processed foods, especially sugary things, as they were gaining weight and getting acne. My husband experienced a rise in work-related stress and subsequent weight increase from comfort foods.
The labs from my family show the effects of diet. The high-carbohydrate eaters have higher triglycerides and lower HDL with triglycerides / HDL ratios around 3.0.
My triglycerides/HDL under Paleo was .7
My triglycerides/HDL under Carnivore is .5
You want SMALL RATIO of triglycerides / HDL < 1.3
My total cholesterol/HDL under Paleo was 3.7
My total cholesterol/HDL under Carnivore is 2.5
You want SMALL RATIO of total cholesterol / HDL < 4.4
We all have rather high LDL by pharmacology’s standards (“high” is actually determined by the drug companies not research), but the ratios above tell us that my LDL is the fluffy kind and theirs is the dense kind. This matters. You can read more about the research at my Ketoholic blog.
Lipid ratios aren’t the only thing to consider. The high-carb eaters also have weight to lose. They’re growing soft bellies. They’re always hungry and eat 3-6 times a day. The carnivore eats twice. I have a protein shake after work out, since I’m still gaining muscle mass in my 50s.
My kids are adolescents. I can’t control what they eat, but I do limit what I buy for the household. I’m not a food nazi. I buy things for them that I wouldn’t touch, but I limit them. I try to focus on what they should eat, hoping to fill them up with convenient proteins. And they often bake their own cookies with gluten-free flours. The research I put in the last post (age-related dieting) pertains here: kids can get away with crappy foods far better than adults, although the habit sets them up for a tough change as they age.
As my previous post points out, how long we can maintain adaptation to agricultural foods varies. I developed Hashimoto’s in my thirties. My husband developed arthritis and psoriasis in his twenties. My 15 year old is already on medication for Hashimoto’s. All of these conditions are autoimmune conditions — molecular mimicry — affected by, if not effected by, grain consumption. The grand parents have had early colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. These are all caused by a high-carbohydrate lifestyle. My ancestry is entirely north-western European. Likely my ancestors were some of the latest to join a grain diet, relying instead on herd animals and their dairy to make it through winters.
Diet and nutrition research is still half voodoo. It relies on epidemiology studies which are terribly flawed science. (For a thorough understanding of why you can’t trust these studies, read this at Epidemiology for Practitioners.)
As always, I encourage you to do your own research. Your experience may vary.