High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol Questions

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by 480 · about 19 hours ago

Hey all Here is a more comprhensive verision of a question i asked a few days ago. I just got my most recent Cholesterol tests and I am concerned.  October 2014 (18 months paleo): Total: 350 HDL: 91 LDL: 258 TRI: 80 Here are my past... (more)

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missmiddlemarch 0 · October 20, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Don't forget about the delicious and bargain priced canned fish options like: smoked clams, smoked oysters, trout, tuna and mackerel.

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

I am very new to the Paleo diet (only about two weeks) and wanted to know if coconut milk really does help you lose fat?!? I thought it was high in cholesterol and increases your LDL level! I am allergic to almonds so almond milk is out. Could... (more)

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Mike_H 0 · March 21, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Cholesterol is only found in animals, not plants, so there is none in coconut. And dietary cholesterol does not raise cholesterol in the blood. Dietary cholesterol is actually very good to consume, especially for hormone function.

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

I have very high cholesterol, lipids and triglycerides. I can't eat red meat or seafood. How do I reconcile this?

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Janknitz 0 · July 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

"Wow, so ALL those people dying every day of strokes, heart attacks and clogged arteries and obesity and sedimentary lifestyle, etc are myths perpetuated by the medical community? "Until very recently in human history (just a few generations)... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

I have been paleo for about 2 years now. Over this time period I have had regular blood panels and one of the trends I have noticed is that although my HDLs have gone up and my Triglycerides have dropped my LDLs remain mostly stationary and my... (more)

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daz 0 · September 12, 2013 at 3:31 AM

Your LDL number is actually calculated (not measured) in both of your results, using the Friedewald formula. I just confirmed this using an online calculator (link below). If you use the Iranian formula (instead of your Friedewald... (more)

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by 480 · about 20 hours ago

Vegan for 5 years paleo for two month and my i am worried about the climb in my cholesterol Male Age: 26 Weight: 147 Height: 6'2" Lipid profile Total CHO: 316 Triglycerides: 39 LDL = 204 HDL = 104 I eat a strict paleo high fat diet and am... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · July 02, 2013 at 8:11 PM

That is really high HDL, are you sure you were completely fasted? And didn't have coffee with cream or coconut oil the morning of the test? The test is meaningless if you've eaten recently. If going by the standard that it is the ratio that... (more)

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by 627 · about 20 hours ago

Ok I know there's a million posts on blood owrk but I can't seem to find one relevant to me. I got my blood work taken in December and then again last week. In the meantime I went ketogenic and increased my fat intake substantially. I feel better... (more)

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greymouser 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

The only numbers that scream "THIS IS NOT NORMAL" is the LDL number, and therefore the totals. The general slew of ratios are pretty good. From http://www.hughchou.org/calc/chol.php ... Your Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is: 3.33 - (preferably... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

I am a 36 year old female, 5'3" and 155 lbs who started Crossfit and Paleo 1.5 years ago. I do have my occasional cheats with Paleo and laziness with Crossfit, but I have not loss weight I the past 1.5 years. I have always had high cholesterol... (more)

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usagi 0 · May 05, 2013 at 5:05 AM

I have always been athletic also and have always (well, since puberty) had PCOS. I was prescribed metformin about 5 months ago for blood sugar issues. No changes in cycle regularity (it's actually been totally regular since having a child three +... (more)

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by 15 · about 20 hours ago

Last year and most recent blood work shows my total cholesterol as 209 (9 pts above "normal" level). Should I be concerned? I don't know how this could be because I eat strict paleo, only nuts, avocado, veggies, fruit, and lean meat every day!!!... (more)

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Dan_23 0 · April 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

You definitely should not be worried about that cholesterol. Total cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 correlate to the lowest mortality rate.

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by 39841 · about 20 hours ago

Back in March of 2011, I got a lipid panel run after eating a diet loaded with butter and cream and at or less than 100g of carbs per day for 6 months or so. Pretty standard "paleo/primal" or "perfect health" diet, right? My lipids were as... (more)

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lisa_55 0 · March 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

this is really interesting, travis. and in my opinion it isolates the potential flaw of this diet, or at least the flaw in how people interpret (or potentially misinterpret) this diet. i think the whole point of eating this way is to not fear... (more)

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by 250 · about 20 hours ago

There's a tendency in the Paleo community to treat unlimited saturated fat consumption as not only benign, but healthful. While there are some of us that can consume an avalanche of saturated fat at every meal and see no change in our cholesterol... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Great post; couldn't agree more. I hit a total cholesterol of 393. I've seen people go as high as 550 in response to a heavy intake of butter and cream (the specific fatty acids ratios of which differ from standard animal fat). I've corresponded... (more)

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by 250 · about 20 hours ago

I just had my first physical since going Paleo about a year ago. I've altered my diet significantly over the past year, mostly by adding fat in the form of things like grass-fed beef, eggs, pastured butter etcetera, and lowering carbohydrates in... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

If you were eating butter and cream, discontinue that practice altogether. It's possible that you hyperrespond to dietary cholesterol. This part is tricky since pastured eggs yolks are such an excellent source of nutrition. I would say that if it... (more)

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by 25 · about 20 hours ago

Can anyone tell me how to convert/interpret Apo B test results. My test result was 2.0, but it doesn't say what the units are. I've been searching the web and found a conversion between g/L and mg/dl, which converts my number to 2000, but I... (more)

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April_S_ 0 · January 29, 2013 at 5:14 AM

I'm guessing your test result of 2.0 is in g/L. And converting that to mg/dL would be 200, not 2000. I think Canada uses g/L, while US uses mg/dL. Normal ApoB levels are 40 to 125 mg/dL (or 0.4 to 1.25 g/L). This study conducted in Canada found... (more)

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by 801 · about 20 hours ago

I read through lots of lipid and VAP test questions here, but this seems to be a new one. Here are my VAP results: LDL 235 HDL 75 (>60 is optimal) TTL 331 (TTL:HDL = 4.4 where <5:1 is good & 3.5:1 is optimal) TRG 92 (<150 is good)... (more)

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CD 0 · January 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Dan, if you are comfortable where you are at, then stay there. Personally I would be interested in conducting an LDL experiment. Change nothing about your diet other than removing butter and the bulletproof coffee. I have seen some hypothesize... (more)

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by 25 · about 20 hours ago

OK, I???m pretty sure I have the record for high numbers! TC - 480, HDL - 71, LDL - 390, Trigs - 52, Apo-B - 2.0, Apo-A - 1.67 Kinda freaking out! I???m 48, 5???8??? 185lb, I???ve been Paleo for almost 2 years, improving month by month, but not... (more)

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Sataran 0 · December 09, 2012 at 6:01 AM

I don't think there's any need for an NMR test. Your LDL-P's gonna be high. Way high. Above 2,000 definitely, even above 3,000, 4,000. What will VAP show? Your particle size is gonna be large because your trigs are low. They're highly... (more)

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by 255 · about 20 hours ago

Just ran my 1st NMR test after 18+ months on Paleo and it is disappointing to say the least. Total Cholesterol - 297 mg/dL HDL-C - 51 mg/dL LDL-C - 231 mg/dL Triglycerides - 77 mg/dL HDL-P - 31.8 (LOW) LDL-P - 2565 (VERY HIGH) Small LDL-P - 883... (more)

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Sataran 0 · November 20, 2012 at 5:41 AM

3 letters: SNP = single nucleotide polymorphism. TC and LDL skyrocket on a high fat diet for ApoE4. I would cut down on dairy, butter, eggs and introduce some tubers, white rice, if you prefer, then retest. I've seen this so often now that... (more)

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by 1032 · about 20 hours ago

There are numerous threads discussing people who went Paleo and had a subsequent increase in their lipoprotein levels. Usually this is in the form of greatly increased LDL-C. This may or may not be a problem according to the latest "flavor of the... (more)

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by 70 · about 20 hours ago

I had very high cholesterol before this diet -- over 340. I tried niacin, exercise, but nothing really brought it down. I figured it had to be genetic. I decided with my doctor's advice, that I would go on a statin. I had been on one once before... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Total cholesterol doesn't tell you much about your risk. Although its a cause for concern, basing treatment on that number alone makes little sense. Listen to Dr. Thomas Dayspring here... (more)

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by -8 · about 20 hours ago

How are all the paleo people with TC higher than 300 mg/dl doing today? Anyone end up with health issues? Hope you are all ok.

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thhq 0 · October 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Funny you should ask, because my TC dropped from 300 to low 200's when I reduced eating of non-paleo foods loaded with starch, sugar and vegetable oils. If you have such health issues I suggest fish and mollusks. If you're just fishing, around... (more)

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by 175 · about 20 hours ago

My LDL cholesterol was 118 (total 236) & my doctor wants to put me on meds if it's not <100 in six months (even though my triglycerides were good - 83). He wouldn't even discuss LDL particle density. He told me to cut back on fast food,... (more)

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Ginny_1 0 · September 06, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Usually those types of numbers are for people with known heart disease/previous heart attacks etc. Your LDL should be less than 130 and your cholesterol under 200 - but I don't buy that number. If your HDL etc are fine then I don't see a... (more)

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by 35 · about 20 hours ago

Hello! I just had my cholesterol measured for the first time the other day, and as my situation is a little messy, I thought I'd post to see if anyone might have some thoughts. I'm 23, 5'6", and currently 120 pounds. Dealt with a mild eating... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Elevated cholesterol is typical for blood lipid panels in anorexics. It is normal, and may be a protective mechanism. Do not worry about your cholesterol/blood lipids, focus on getting to a healthier body weight, and things will level out in... (more)

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by 30 · about 21 hours ago

I got a 'full panel' done recently (it was not 'full' at all) and my doctor just said everything is normal but my cholesterol is high and my LDL is not good. Cut down on your fat intake. He also was unable to tell me the metrics of the numbers.... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · July 03, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Maybe your test was in mmol/L instead of mg/DL. Here is an online converter: http://www.onlineconversion.com/cholesterol.htm For cholesterol, you can multiply by 38.67: Total cholesterol: 250 HDL: 89 LDL: 142 For trigs, you can multiply by... (more)

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by 38 · about 21 hours ago

I follow a paleo style diet. my paleo diet was low carb say50 carbs a day max. I do not eat a lot of saturated fat except virgin coconut oil, say max 1 big table spoon a day in meals. I do eat a handful of mix nuts each day mixed with... (more)

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borofergie 0 · June 01, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I don't understand this, you claim to be eating both a low-carb and low-fat diet. That's just not possible unless you're either severly restricting your calories, or you are significantly overdosing on protein (which is also rather difficult to do... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

just got my results back from the lab Should I be concerned at how insanely high my Cholesterol up from Feb 2011 Total CHOLESTERAL 4.42 now 5.51 HDL CHOL = 1.02 now 1.06 LDL CHOL = 2.79 now 3.78 LDL/HDL RATIO = 2.7 now 3.36 Triglycerides =... (more)

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daz 0 · May 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

for those interested, Paul Jaminet's answer is here http://perfecthealthdiet.com/q-a/comment-page-22/#comment-78358 Hi Ricardo, Your cholesterol seems to be in the process of normalizing, but you have some work to do. Optimal TC ... (more)

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by 938 · about 21 hours ago

Sorry to ask what others are always asking, but I'm seeing my doctor on Friday and want to be able to give him my perspective on these results. This is my first cholesterol panel since I began eating strict Paleo eight months ago, including no... (more)

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Dr__Ryan 0 · May 02, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I would watch these videos posted by Chris Kresser to understand more about cholesterol, what it means, and the true risk factors to be worried about: http://chriskresser.com/i-have-high-cholesterol-and-i-dont-care IMO everything about your panel... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

I used to do Paleo effortlessly back when I did crossfit without paying much attention to proportions of Fat / Protein / Carbs. I stopped working out and ate whatever I wanted for 10 months (Italian Advnture) and now I need to get back on my... (more)

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Sam_Knox 0 · May 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I think the 1200 cal lower limit might be valid for a high-carb diet. Going below that would mean too little protein and fat and probably too few micronutrients. If you're getting ~1140 cals/day from high-quality protein and fat, though, that's... (more)

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