So I'm 3 months paleo now. I take my cholesterol every 2 weeks with a CardioChek machine. My TG are fairly stable around 85-95 (unless I've been binging on nuts in which they jump to 130 for a day or two). My HDL is pathetic as always staying stuck around 30-34. But my LDL has shot up from 75-80 to 126! This happened in only 2.5 weeks from March 15 - April 5 on my third month of eating Paleo. WTF?! Now my HDL/LDL ratio is terrible. It was already bad to begin with because I've never had HDL higher than a 36 in my life (genetic?)
So I've been reading about what might be causing the LDL to rise. I'm hearing things from too many dietary saturated fats, not enough carbs, to micronutrient deficiencies like choline, inisitol, zinc, selenium, and copper. I know I'm already sub-clinical hypothyroid. My TSH is always between 4.8 - 7. I tried levothyroxine once and I thought I was going to have a heart attack on it - I reacted terribly with high blood pressure spikes and chest tightness. So I'm not taking anything for it now. Iodine scares me because some people say it can make hypothyroidism worse - not better. In fact, I've been taking fucoxathin which for the past couple months too and that already contains iodine so....
Since so many of you here have had the same problem of LDL going up, have any of you been able to fix it with supplements like choline, inisitol, zinc, selenium, & copper? Any recommendations?
I don't want to give up eating Paleo. For the first time in my life, I can fit into size 30 Levi Skinnys! But having high LDL and stubborn HDL stuck in the 30s isn't a long term solution either.
Please Help! :-)