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From: Jen ( -
Subject: vegan and cholesterol levels
Date: July 31, 2013 at 12:29 am PST

Hi everyone,

I have a question about being vegan and cholesterol levels. Seven weeks ago I went vegan. It just so happens it was right after I had my cholesterol checked. I went in last week to have it checked again and was so excited knowing it had to have gotten better...and it did mostly. My overall levels dropped 26 points to 176. My triglycerides are 69 and my ldl is 103. So far so good. My concern is that my hdl (good cholesterol)levels tanked 20%, 14pts. They were 73 and are now at 59. My whole adult life my levels for hdl have never been below 72. I know this is not good and ideally a minimum range of 60 is desirable for hdl. The only change I had to make in order to become vegan was to stop eating eggs. I increased my nut intake and avocado intake slightly having about 5 servings of them combined a week. I am absolutely floored that my hdl changed so quickly and to be honest I am a bit worried. All this to say, what in the world should I do? I've been reading all night on the net to try and figure out how to fix this but it seems like 20% is a HUGE decrease. I don't even know where to begin. I eat a lot of fruits and veg. and very minimal processed foods since becoming vegan. Chocolate was always a major treat for me and truly I haven't had any since becoming vegan. Any suggestions anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for any rambling. : )

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