Hi guys, this is another cholesterol related question.
I got myself tested after LC-ing for six months or so (wasn't strictly paleo) and TC was 376 (HDL 81). Was consuming butter and cream but no CO. Reduced dairy fat consumption and added a little bit of CO: TC 280 (HDL 81). I was cooking with Olive Oil at this point. Decided to switch to CO for cooking as well and after a few months, got retested: TC 380 (HDL 84). No butter and cream was being consumed at this time.
It seems that my TC is correlated with total SFA consumption, whether it be from CO or dairy. HDL tends to max out at 80-ish at a certain level of consumption and beyond that, SFAs only raise my LDL. I have no idea whether this could be genetic (FH or ApoE). What I do know is that my thyroid is normal (T3 on low end of normal but TSH < 2), I supplement with a multi and some minerals and I don't do VLC. Carbs are 120g-240g depending on whether I train or not.
The only thing I can put my finger on is the SFAs. The LDL raising abilities of SFAs seem to apply to only a subset of the population of which I am a part. Aside from reducing SFA consumption to a more appropriate level to achieve a good TC/HDL ratio, I don't know what else I can do. I tried cutting down total fat and SFAs too much last year and the result was that TC dropped to 270-ish but HDL also tanked to 50-ish. It seems I need to eat high fat (mostly MUFA) with a certain amount of SFAs to have a good TC/HDL ratio. TC always stays high no matter what I do. Anyone here with a similar experience and some suggestions on what to do?
Note: My latest test results show TC: 330, HDL 81 (down from TC of 380 and HDL of 84) a few weeks after I decreased CO consumption and re-introduced Olive Oil for cooking. The response of my lipids to SFAs is so reliably predictable, it's scary.
EDIT: New Test results after a further (slight) reduction in Coconut Oil; TC 309, HDL 84, TG 62, LDL (Iranian) 178 (down from 206).
It seems I just need to continue what I'm doing, i.e. watch total SFA consumption from dairy and Coconut Oil and hopefully I'll get TC below 300 again whilst maintaining the excellent HDL.