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 and gotten joint pain. He put me on one that is new wand not supposed cause pain. So far so good.
I am supposed to go in and get tested for cholesterol next week. Everything I have read says eat a low cholesterol diet. However I find this hard to do on Paleo. I do eat good fats, avocado, olive oil, etc. However, I do eat eggs, meat, and other high fat foods. I'm trying to eat more tuna, salmon, fish.
Does anyone have a suggestion for how to eat low cholesterol on this diet? Thank you very much.
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 http://www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/10/29-dr-thomas-dayspring-cholesterol-testing-what-matters-most/.
If you are eating Paleo and not going overboard with the starches, you may have a form of familial hypercholesterolemia and you need to learn more.
I don't think dietary cholesterol actually has much effect on the levels in your blood. Your body is making the cholesterol, not just dumping it from stomach to blood. But you can eat a diet that is heavier on the olive oil and seafood for good health. Paleo doesn't have to mean all beef and bacon and it really doesn't have to mean high fat, either.
First, get your test results. I was surprised at mine. My cholesterol levels have run at "take a statin" levels for a long time. however I am a strong pattern A. since eating a pretty strict Paleo regimen for about two months I took a non fasting test that showed my best numbers ever. well under 200 TC. LDL 127 HDL 55. trigs 50 (non-fasting!). I was one of the top Lipitor sales reps in the country and this thing has turned my understanding of lipoprotein science on its head. admittedly I am an "n" of one. I always knew that fruit juice would pump your triglycerides. I just didn't connect the dots to that leading to poor colesterol numbers overall. if you have been careful about your intake of all sugars, which includes starches, and your numbers remain high, get a VAP test. that's a very accurate cholesterol test where your Sub fractions are measured directly, not calculated. you will also be typed either A or B. A is better. when you get your numbers let us know how they turned out.
and be prepared to have your foods-high-in-cholesterol-increase-body-cholesterol world rocked.
Eat a low fat plant based diet. Olive oil is not heart healthy. A piece of skinless chicken breast has as much cholesterol as a cut or sirloin.
Cholesterol that high is dangerous. I wish you the best.
I don't know why someone would downvote this answer. This link is probably the most complete and accurate free series on cholesterol available.
Chris Kresser just came out with a more layperson friendly series, but you have to pay for it. (http://highcholesterolplan.chriskresser.com/)
I've finally pried CD's link open, and what I find is worse than I expected. It's first of all associated with Taubes through NuSI, so controversy for the sake of controversy was expected. I quote a bit of it:
"One of the unfortunate results of the eternal need to simplify everything is that we (i.e., the medical establishment) have done the public a disservice by failing to communicate that there is no such thing as “bad” cholesterol or “good” cholesterol. All cholesterol is good!
The only “bad” outcome is when cholesterol ends up inside of the wall of an artery, most famously the inside of a coronary artery or a carotid artery, AND leads to an inflammatory cascade which results in the obstruction of that artery (make sure you check out the pictures in the links, above). When one measures cholesterol in the blood – we really do not know the final destination of those cholesterol molecules!"
So what's the big surprise? Cholesterol is GOOD except when it's BAD? This adds nothing to our knowledge of cholesterol; it's merely a recitation of conventional wisdom. Like Taubes the co-founder there is no money where the mouth is. Just the same mouths, regurgitating the same thing we all knew beforehand in a new and exciting way.
I expect healthy downvoting for this and would like to establish a new PR if possible.
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