Since shifting to a more paleo diet my cholesterol has inched up also. It doesn't bother me, because my HDL LDL ratio is great, but my doctor is concerned.
I was wondering if donating blood a couple days before having the next cholesterol test might help. Has anyone tried to get a better cholesterol result to avoid flack from their un-primal educated general practitioner?
Does anyone have any input here? I think it might be helpful for people who are getting life insurance physicals too.
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If you're trying to make your doctor happy with the numbers, I wouldn't worry about it.
However, if you are taking the test to determine your life-insurance rates, I'd protest the results and have them actually count LDL as opposed calculating LDL.
Imprecision of the Total Cholesterol, Triglyceride and HDL measurements can result in overestimation of LDL because the calculated LDL is derived from these measurements.
Get the better test where they can test for your the amount of small and large particles in your LDL. Doctors are never happy especialLY if they know you are eating a high fat diet. They will point at any change in the numbers. .
i wonder if going on a vegan diet [however, low in fructose] for, say, half a month prior to test would 'improve' your numbers)?
Yep. Request an LDL particle count, no calculated value.
Find a better doctor.
You do have a valid point about insurance, though. My health insurance company is trying to institute "incentives" to lower cholesterol in the next few years. It's not always feasible for people to switch insurance carriers. For those people, it would be of genuine concern to try to lower LDL or total cholesterol for a couple of weeks before an annual blood draw. I suppose you could cut out saturated fat and replace it with olive oil or something, but I'm not sure it would actually affect your numbers. Nor would I be enthusiastic about trying it.