I've been doing Paleo for 2 months and have blood work scheduled later this week. I'm afraid of how high my cholesterol will be, and wonder what others here have experienced.
I've looked through this forum pretty carefully for discussion of cholesterol, and I see two main thoughts running through the comments: (1) that total cholesterol - and in many cases LDL - often increase quite markedly; and (2) cholesterol doesn't matter that much because it isn't linked to CVD.
I've read Taubes, Stephen Guynet and others extensively, and I think I basically agree with point (2), but am for whatever reason still worried about it. I am afraid that if my total spikes from 225 or so (pre-paleo) to some number like 300 or above, it will probably create some doubt in my mind about what I'm doing. I also agree that, for the most part, dietary cholesterol doesn't have much effect on total cholesterol, and yet I know that in a small number of people it appears to have a large impact.
I'm wondering, though, if those two lines of thought implicitly mean that cholesterol often increases on Paleo?
I should add that I've lost 25 lbs and taken 4 inches off my waist since January 1 (2/3 of my goal) and BG is almost normal, so even if my cholesterol has increased I need to balance that against how much much healthier I am losing almost all of my visceral fat.
So, I'm wondering if folks could tell me: did your total cholesterol - and in particular your LDL - increase on Paleo?