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, pizza, cheese & fried foods and walk a couple times a week. When I told him I don't eat any of those foods and that I'm training for my 3rd half marathon, he decided it was probably genetic & I would need meds. The only higher cholesterol foods I eat are eggs and shrimp, and I only eat these a couple times a week. All my other numbers were fine.
I tried searching http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com but found no medical doctors listed in the Raleigh, NC area. I'm guessing I'm better off with someone younger & preferably doesn't have a huge pot belly like this guy. Any tips?
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 problem. I don't give much credence to these numbers anyway - crp, homocysteine, Lpa, even insulin are more indicative of health then total cholesterol - a VAP is a good test for subcategories of cholesterol if you really want to see what's what. I would start looking for another doctor. Where I live there are naturopaths who can prescribe meds - they'd be your best bet to deal with your high bp along side a paleo diet. I only saw one on the naturopathic.org website in your area and not every states will let them prescribe. If you do want to try driving your cholesterol lower you could try fish oil, policosanol, or high dose niacin - all of which I've used to bring my cholesterol down.
Unless you have outright acute symptoms why do you feel you need an MD? I would not consider seeing one for anything except emergency/urgent conditions....you know things they are good at "sick care". I wouldn't consider having one for "health care". Just not their thing really. Kinda like using a screwdriver to hammer a nail IMO.
contact Dr. Dan Strickler in Charleston, WV. I believe he also has a practice in Charlotte. His website is physiologix.com. I have been seeing Dan for a few years and have experienced exceptional care and advice.