hack my cholesterol

by 278 · February 16, 2012 3:42 AM

I am a member of the high cholesterol club, apparently.

My numbers:

Total cholesterol 243 HDL 71 LDL 159

About me: Athletic all my life. 5'9" 130 lbs, 55yrs. I rode a bicycle over 6,000 miles last year. Probably going to do less this year but not a lot less. Way low body fat, maybe 10%.

I lowered my carbs about 1 year ago before I new what Paleo was. pretty seriously Paleo compliant since about Sept. 2011. Really really compliant since about Dec. 2011.

My doctor wants me to go on meds. I'm pretty frustrated by this do to the fact that I've already been doing the things most often mentioned to keep cholesterol under control--proper diet and exercise. My blood pressure is "fantastic" (I didn't even ask him what, exactly, it is.

any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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40 · February 16, 2012 1:53 AM

Looks fine. You definitely don't need meds.

Your total/HDL is about 3.4, which is OK, but you should try to get your HDL up -- lift weights and consume saturated fat. Getting that ratio below 3 would be good.

Would like to see triglycerides too. You want your trig/HDL to be less than 2. Less than 1 is ideal.

Chris Kresser has a good video on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_7u7aPkUQ0&feature=youtube_gdata_player If that link doesn't work, it is called "I Have High Cholesterol and I Don't Care."

24412 · February 16, 2012 1:14 AM

According to web MD, the ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1

Your ratio is: 2.23943:1

Chillax, even by CW standards, you are doing better than average.

278 · February 16, 2012 3:42 AM

Duh. I forgot to post the trigs which came in at 66.

860 · February 16, 2012 1:04 AM

That's "high cholesterol" according to medical guidelines, but realistically it's not unhealthy. Your HDL is great. Try talking to your doctor about getting a VAP test (to measure LDL particle size) as well as a test to measure triglycerides. Apolipoprotein B is another indicator of atherosclerotic risk that can be measured. I'm sure others will chime in with other useful tests.

In summary, if I were you, I would push your doctor to get more tests before he throws you on a bunch of meds.

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