One side effect of becoming vegan is that people always look to you for health information. We are taught that you need meat to be healthy, so most people do not believe that a person can survive off of plants alone.
Since my annual physical is coming up I have decided to share with you my blood work results from the last couple of years:
2007 (3 months Vegetarian) LDL: 142 HDL: 59
2008: (1 year Vegetarian) Total Cholesterol: 188 LDL: 100 HDL: 70 Triglycerides: 88 Total Protein: 6.8 Calcium: 9.2
2010: (1.5 year Vegan and just had a baby) Total Cholesterol: 150 LDL: 75 HDL: 69 Triglycerides: 31 Total Protein: 7.6 Calcium: 9.5
2011: (2.5 years Vegan) Total Cholesterol: 134 (Healthy Range 134-180) LDL: 71.8 (Healthy range 30-140) HDL: 55 (Healthy Range >=40) Triglycerides: 36 (Healthy Range 30-150) Total Protein: 6.9 (Healthy Range 6-8.5) Calcium: 8.8 (Healthy Range 8.3-11)
|One year vegan|
Will a vegan diet alone do the same for everyone?...no because diet alone is not the only factor that will affect your health (genetics, sleep, exercise).
What a well-balanced vegan diet will do is give your body the best fuel so that it is able to be at its best.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist so make sure that you speak to a licensed professional before switching your diet. Tell them a vegan sent you ;-)
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