Vegan Son’s High Cholesterol After Switching to Omnivore Diet

30 May

The Art of Proper Eating

A few months ago after an allergy test cleared him for some animal proteins, my Vegan 7 year old son wanted to eat beef jerky, cheese and eggs, and drink goat’s milk. Although as a Vegan, I would naturally like my son to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, I allowed him to decide for himself. Besides, he would still be eating a whole lot of vegetables and fruits in my kitchen.

My son relished the flavors of foods he had not tasted in years. He drank raw goat’s milk everyday, ate eggs once or twice a week, and ate a few strips of beef jerky on the weekend. Still pretty healthy. Not bad, right?

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Well… recently his Pediatric Well Visit showed that his cholesterol was just too high. The blood tests were re-done after a few days on a Vegetarian diet and results were a bit better. The overall cholesterol decreased from 290’s to 250’s, but his LDL cholesterol levels were at 188mg/dL. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,  “A total cholesterol level greater than 200 mg/dL and LDL-C greater than 130 mg/dL represent values above the 95th percentile for children and are designated as high.” Drug therapy is recommended when LDL cholesterol levels are at 190 mg/dL or higher.

How could this be? My son’s slim, we eat more fruit and vegetables than most, and he is an athlete. Unless, of course, his cholesterol problem is hereditary.

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The doctor suggested our son return to a Vegan Diet for 6 months. We can then figure out his base cholesterol levels, and go from there.

Here’s hoping that Vegan Food does its magic. I don’t want my young son on medication!

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5 Responses to “Vegan Son’s High Cholesterol After Switching to Omnivore Diet”

  1. rebecca May 30, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    My son had high cholesterol at his last check-up. We are gluten, soy, dairy free. He does eat meat once a week (turkey or tuna) if he wants. Neither side of the family has high blood pressure. He goes for his 3 month recheck in a few weeks. As odd as it is, I’m just hoping it worked itself out.

    • TIK May 30, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Rebecca, thanks for your comment! Glad other healthy kids have this issue too. I would love it if you could let me know in 3 months if it did work itself out. Hope it does!

  2. Bake May 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I have hereditary high cholesterol and have been on and off statins for most of my life. I really hope your son doesn’t have to go down this route, but I guess at least the option is there! We also eat a very healthy diet and I’m currently pregnant so am extra cautious. This does mean I can’t take any medication though! We switched to a mostly vegan diet and found myself cholesterol fell which was pretty positive! Would love to see how you get on with your son’s cholesterol. xo

    • TIK May 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      First of all, BEST wishes for your pregnancy. If you are interested in a homebirth/hypnobirthing/water birth, let me know – I had one. It was amazing.
      I’m so glad you found your levels decreased after a mostly Vegan diet too. In college, my cholesterol was in the 260’s. Dropped to 170 after a few months of Vegan diet. I’m really hoping this will be the case with my son too. I’ll keep you guys posted here.
      Thanks Bake for your comment! So appreciate it!

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