My Blood Test Results After Two Months On A Vegan Diet

Update :  see the one year results here.

As you can see, I had a substantial reduction in risk factors after just 9 weeks of eating a low fat vegan diet and exercising 30 minutes a day 3 days a week.  These are fasting blood test results, taken after 12 hours without eating.  Look at my triglycerides!

I’m pleased to see my fasting glucose drop as well. This indicates increased insulin sensitivity.  My father has advanced type 2 diabetes – a disease he has chosen to live with.  Having type 2 diabetes is a choice.  It’s worth noting that I eat a mountain of carbs every day.  Carbs will not give you diabetes.  It’s not unusual for me to consume 2000 calories worth of rice or pasta alone in a day, never mind the pile of soy sauce, hummus and vegetable spreads I like to dump on top of it.  And that also leaves out my fruit based lunch and the oatmeal with syrup I eat for breakfast.

I average between 3000 to 3500 calories a day as a 6’2″ 39 year old male.  I currently weigh 198 @ 16.5% body fat.  I’m trying to get that down below 190, but I love to eat!

Even though my HDL numbers have remained unchanged, that’s actually a good thing.  HDL acts like a garbage collector picking up the junk in our arteries. If LDL is low, there’s less junk that needs to get cleaned up, so having less garbage trucks jamming the streets results in less traffic congestion.  Most tribal communities that consume a purely plant based diet have very low HDL numbers as well, so this is not uncommon among vegans.


Update :  see the latest results here.

  • ThePragmaticPurist

    What do you think about these guys that swear upon high fat diets? Like the bulletproof coffee guy? Do you think there is any merits to these diets, maybe even in a limited sense or none at all?

    • Those diets are like running a house on an emergency backup generator. They work, and you’ll lose weight on those diets, and if you’re overweight to start with you’ll probably improve your lipid profile just from the weight loss alone. However, they are absolutely terrible for your health long term. They come with a 300% increased risk of colon cancer, along with constipation, possible heart disease, increased risk of all cause mortality, decreased athletic performance, etc.. etc..

      The bulletproof coffee guy is on prescription Provigil, which is basically legalized methamphetamine. Provigil is what they give narcoleptics to keep them awake. – it’s fucking super-potent stuff. So that guy has to dose himself with a pile of meth and caffeine everyday just to keep himself going. That’s not the kind of diet I want to be on.

      • ThePragmaticPurist

        Well I’m not trying to lose weight per se, I’d consider myself to be lean. I am wholly interested, however, in being healthy. I’m wondering what kinds of diets I could adopt to help with allergies, asthma, inflammation and general joint discomfort. I’d say I’m pretty young and none of it is really severe, but I can feel the storm clouds gathering so to speak and want to do any possible preventative measure to maintain youth and muscle mass. I don’t expect you to lay the info on the line for me or anything, but I’d really appreciate it.

        • I would absolutely recommend a low fat vegan diet for all of those issues. Dairy is the number one cause of food based allergies, and it has been linked to all sorts of skin conditions. There is good evidence to suggest that arthritis is caused by eating meat and dairy. Gout (a form of arthritis) has been linked to diet since the medieval period. It was known as the disease of kings because it was known to arise from eating a king’s diet. Common folk never got gout. Even today, tribal people who live off a predominantly plant based diet rarely get arthritis, heart disease or cancer.

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          • ThePragmaticPurist

            Thank you so much. Can you give me an idea of what you do as far as diet goes? Is there a simple vegan cheat diet that would cover the basic nutritional value? Basically I mean cheap lol. Also I have traded my asthma medicine for pure liquid aloe Vera in a nebulizer. I also drink a shot of it and my joint inflammation goes down considerably, as well as a general and fairly significant reduction in pain in my lower back and fingers. It’s one of the great things I have discovered and I thought I’d share it with you. It clears up hay fever too, if you use it as a nasal spray.

          • Invest in a high quality rice cooker, like a Zojirushi. I eat a lot of rice dishes, bean dishes, pasta, potato dishes, cooked greens, salads, fruit, etc.. I use nut or soy milks instead of dairy. I also have a bread maker and eat a lot of whole grain bread. What you need to do is find like 10 vegan dishes that you really like and just cycle through those same 10 dishes all the time, and then occasionally try something new. That’s the easiest way to go about eating a vegan diet.

            Dr. McDougall has a free web based diet program for you to check out if you like:


          • mikemarkham

            If you are truly interested in a diet that is sustainable, beneficial for health across the board and is a continuance of human evolutionary diet, a low-carbohydrate, high fat diet is best.

            Vegan diets are not based on human evolution. Eating imported algae or lab-created B12 supplements? When was the last time you saw an animal supplementing on multi-vitamins?

            LCHF increases blood lipids better than vegans, weight loss experienced at a much more rapid rate, inflammation is lowered better than any diet, triglyceride lowered more than any pill or diet, HDL increased better than any diet, decreased uric acid, stable vitamin levels, stable thyroid, stable energy, etc.

            I see you are very interested in inflammatory reduction. LCHF will do that. hs-CRP, or high-sensitivity c-reactive protein blood test will check your body for low-grade inflammation. This is not only an indicator of inflammation but of cardiovascular and other metabolic issues. After four and a half years in ketosis, my hs-CRP is barely registered – an amazingly low number.

          • Most cattle get vitamin supplementation.


            Not only do they get vitamin supplementation, they are also fed massive amounts of antibiotics and steroids.


            Cattle constitute 80% of antibiotics usage in America on an annual basis.

            B12 occurs in natural sources of drinking water since it is produced by bacteria, not animals. If we didn’t purify our water or wash our vegetables, we wouldn’t need B12 supplementation. B12 supplementation is the trade off we have to deal with for consuming sanitized food sources.

            As for your statements about LCHF being better than HCLF, read this:

          • mikemarkham

            Cattle receive supplementation by humans. In nature, animals do not supplement via man made or imported foods. CAFO cattle receive that, but not all. In the same vein of logic, I may say that all vegetables and fruits and GMO and saturated with pesticides.

            Oddly enough, no early human remains have been found which didn’t eat meat. Those who had attempted to live without likely died off quickly.

            That’s a great cop-out for needing to supplement something. Nice spin. B12 in water and veggies is insufficient for humans, even prior to industry. Long-term veg*ans have shown massive deficiencies in these areas, even with supplementation from good lab-created sources. Just look at the long-term India experiment. NOT good outcomes.

          • Vegans on B12 supplements have no long term deficiencies. Now you’re just pulling shit out of your ass.

          • mikemarkham

            There are a myriad of studies which show severe deficiencies. Here are only a few. Hope you’re getting more than just your serum levels checked:

            A: Methylmalonic acid

            1)75% in vegetarians: Refsum et al. (2001)

            2)32% in vegetarians
            43% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2001)

            3)68% in vegetarians
            83% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2003)

            4)58% for all: Obeid et al. (2002)

            5)60% in vegetarians: Herrmann et al. (2003)

            6)20% in vegetarians: Haddad et al. (1999)

            7)57% in vegetarians
            74% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2005)

            B: HoloTC

            1)76% in vegetarians: Refsum et al. (2001)

            2)77% in vegetarians
            92% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2003)

            3)61% in vegetarians
            76% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2005)

            4)72% in vegetarians: Herrmann et al. (2003)

            C: Both MMA and holoTC:

            1)58% in vegetarians: Geisel et al. (2005)

            2)66% in vegetarians (German)
            69% in vegetarians (Indian): Herrmann et al. (2009)

            D: Serum Vitamin B12:

            1)60% in vegetarians: Refsum et al. (2001)

            2)56.9% in vegetarians: Naik et al. (2013)

            3)86.5% in strict vegans
            69.1% in moderate vegans: Waldmann et al. (2005)

            4)26.9% in vegetarians (1st criteria)
            80.8% in vegetarians (2nd): Mezzano et al. (1999)

            5)12% in vegans: Haddad et al. (1999)

            6)6% in vegetarians
            14% in vegans: Herrmann et al. (2001)

            7)33.3% in vegetarians
            47.8% in vegans: Bissoli et al. (2002)

            8)26.9% in vegetarians: Karabudak et al. (2008)

            9)47% in vegetarians: Krivosikova et al. (2010)

            10)30% in vegetarians: Herrmann et al. (2003)

          • None of them separated B12 supplementation. Nice try though.

          • mikemarkham

            So you’re saying most veg*ans don’t supplement? I would think a “health-conscious” vegan would know about the dangers and supplement.

            Whether or not they are in denial about needing to supplement, they are very very deficient.

          • What the fuck are you talking about? I just said vegans need to supplement B12, and those who do supplement B12 have no long term deficiencies. Learn to read.

          • mikemarkham

            You’re saying that the GIANT deficiencies are all individuals who don’t supplement? LOL.

            I believe I just spotted another common affect of B12 deficiency – mood disorder.

          • Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. You’re pulling shit out of your ass with nothing to back it up. Show me a study that says vegans who supplement with B12 still end up deficient. I’ll guarantee right now that you can’t. In fact, I’ll bet you any amount of money you chose. Care to wager a thousand on it?

      • mikemarkham

        Wow are you off-base. 300% risk of colon cancer? Cite.

        Constipation? That is a temporary affect when beginning the diet for some.

        Possible heart disease? From what? Explain.

        I love vegans who know so much about their diet (whoops on deficiencies) yet proclaim all other diets cause of cancer and CVD.

        • 357% increased risk of colon cancer caused by meat consumption in men.

          “Between 1986 and 1992, 205 new cases of colon cancer were diagnosed in these men. Intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and animal fat were not related to risk of colon cancer. However, an elevated risk of colon cancer was associated with red meat intake (relative risk, 1.71; 95% confidence interval, 1.15-2.55 between high and low quintiles; P = 0.005 for trend). Men who ate beef, pork, or lamb as a main dish five or more times per week had a relative risk of 3.57 (95% confidence interval, 1.58-8.06; P = 0.01 for trend) compared to men eating these foods less than once per month. ”

          And constipation can be chronic if you eat piles of meat everyday. Constipation depends entirely on your diet.

          Heart disease is caused by a buildup of cholesterol plaques in the vascular system. Eliminating all cholesterol and saturated fat from the diet has been proven to reverse heart disease in numerous controlled trials.

          • mikemarkham

            Should look into Relative Risk vs. Absolute Risk. Same type of tactics used by the likes of Lipitor to claim their drug’s superior effectiveness when in fact it completely sucks. Very disingenuous.

            The studies rely on meta-analysis from cohorts. In turn, this data was supplied from food frequency questionnaires, which are commonly cited for garbage data compilation. What my point is, you can take garbage data, account for confounders and still end up with garbage results.

            If you want an actual study, take a bunch of zero carbers who eat steak all day long, group them with a few other groups (SAD, vegetarian, vegan, control) and test that.

            Constipation can be chronic? Never hear of this, and I hear from hundreds of people who have complained about temporary issues (week or two). Just sounds like a stretch to me.

            No, heart disease is caused by inflammatory responses in the body which cholesterol in turn attempts to repair. Simply because people crowd around a murder scene does make them guilty of murder.

            Sourcing the PCRM? The same people who claim milk causes cancer directly? Laughable at best.

          • Keep eating your meat then if you think it makes you healthy. You’ll find out just how health it is for you once you hit middle age and you’re forced to take Viagra because your penile arteries are clogged with cholesterol.

          • mikemarkham

            If you believe arteries “clog” like a simplistic plumbing system, you have some rudimentary learning to do.

          • Erectile dysfunction is considered to be a sign of cardiovascular disease because it is caused by the same process of arterial cholesterol buildup.


          • mikemarkham

            I never denied cholesterol won’t build up – but it is not the cause. It is the reaction to damage caused by inflammatory response.

          • Indeed, and meat is the primary cause of inflammation. Meat causes inflammation through several pathways, the primary being endotoxemia. In fact, you can do arterial FMD testing on patients who just consumed meat products and see a decreased response almost immediately after consuming meat.


          • mikemarkham

            “Primary” – according to plant based quacks. hs-CRP is lowest for LCHF adopters, many of whom eat most calories as animal protein and fat. Nice try.

            You can run a lot of tests postprandial and come up with interesting results – such as ingesting large quantities of carbohydrates per meal jacking up triglycerides in blood to an extremely high level. That “non-fat” you’re eating quickly turns to fat sure enough!

          • OK, you’re done here. You’re resorting to name calling and ad homs because that’s all you have left to refute me with.

            By the way, I’m sure all the doctors who did these studies are quacks:


            Obviously they have no idea what they are talking about.

  • Uncle Siam

    Congratulations! I have also switched to a low calorie (1000), low carb, low saturated fat, 0 cholesterol Vegan diet and will retest in 2 months. The main staple is Black Beans.

    I might be misreading the article but the statistics you posted shows 1/16/12 and 5/26/15, isn’t that more than 3 years?

    • Yeah, the stats were taken 3 years apart. I was only on the diet for a few months before my last test though. Had I not changed my diet, I would have expected to see worse results than the 2012 test.

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  • mikemarkham

    A few comments.

    1)Type II diabetes is a choice – I’m in agreement with that. The cause is insulin continuously being bombarded by out of control glucose levels. Eating a plant based diet, while high in carbohydrate, is often lower in refined carbohydrate and this simultaneously increases insulin sensitivity and lowers inflammatory response. Not sure if that pasta is helping you however. Perhaps you’d do even better by removing it.

    2)Low HDL is not a good thing, especially at that low of a level. The best indicator of CVD risk is comparing the ratio of Trigs to HDL. Anything 1:1 or better is excellent. Your current ratio is 4:1 which is not good.

    3)Low LDL is not necessarily a good thing. I would encourage a direct reading of LDL, not calculated. LDL shuttles cholesterol particles throughout your body and are entirely necessary. Oxidized LDL is more of a concern, which there are also tests for.

    On a plant-based diet, I would be less concerned with your cholesterol numbers (aside from the poor Trig:HDL), and more worried about the usual severe vitamin deficiencies found in those who follow this lifestyle. Many come up quite soon – while others are silent and can take years to show symptoms. Often by that time, the damage is permanent.

    Are you still following this diet and do you have any more blood results? Get a full lipid panel + ensure to check thyroid health.

    • 1. Meat is far more insulinogenic than carbs:

      2. I was only on the diet for a few months at the time of the blood test.

      3. The lower the LDL the better as reported by most studies.

      Vegans have only been found to be deficient in B12 due to the modern sanitation of food sources. Vegans are no more or less deficient in any other vitamin than anyone else. All vegans should supplement B12 unless they are drinking from mountain streams and not washing their plants before eating them. B12 is produced by bacteria, not animals.

      I am still following this diet and I plan on getting another lipid panel done next year. However, several long term vegans have posted their complete vitamin and lipid panels online:

      etc.. etc.. etc.. I could post dozens more.

  • romain

    Vegan does not mean healthy. Now drop your oils, nuts and avocados, and all the processed foods. Then you will get the real numbers. Total cholesterol arround 100 and ldl arround 40 which will make you death-proof.