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?
Mine went from 200 or so pre-primal to 330 after. However my HDL to LDL ratio, in the words of my doctor was 'FANTASTIC'. I do firmly believe that high Cholesterol is a "made-up" disease as it is a TERRIBLE indicator of overall health.
This is a great interview that is eye-opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awA2fsa94MI
I, personally, don't think about cholesterol at all...either how much my diet contains or what my cholesterol "numbers" are. I actually couldn't care less what they are. I don't "buy" the lipid hypothesis at all because I think its one of the biggest scams ever pulled on the public. Btw, congratulations on losing that weight and getting you BG back to almost normal...keep up the good work.
Mine has gone as high as 585 total (240 to start), but that was a fairly drastic increase. Many people get "improved" numbers from the start. If you don't believe the Lipid hypothesis, it doesn't matter. You may get static from your doctor if your numbers are alarming enough.
Lee - please check out http://www.spacedoc.net/ before you take any statins.
"Dr. Duane Graveline, MD and others have submitted over 250 articles on Cholesterol, Statin Drugs and their Side Effects."
If your doctor prescribes a statin without telling you to supplement with CoQ10, get another doctor. Statins deplete CoQ10, which means your memory will be depleted.
Having lost all that wight means your LDL will be lower than had you not lost the weight.
In any case, please check out the link (Graveline is an MD, and was an astronaut).
Got my results this A.M.
Here's my lipids:
The first number is the "Before" from September, 2010 When I began my Paleo, although I have been a "cheese-cheater".
The second number is the "After" , results from February, 2011
Total Cholesterol 260 --> 237
LDL 183 --> 172
HDL 37 --> 49
Triglicerides 198 --> 81 (triglicerides tanked)
My doctor suggested statins from the high cholesterol. I declined. Poor guy, he told me he was taking them.
I think your total cholesterol doesn't tell you much unless you buy into the cholesterol guidelines. There is talk about the size of your LDL particles meaning more than your LDL number (Large "fluffy" LDL is better than small particle size). I recommend reading "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. He provides strong arguements against the lipid hypothesis.
According to this meta study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10733371?dopt=Abstract the important factors are the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL and the level of CRP. It seems that total chol. per se is not important, but its ratio to HDL is really important. There is also some research about different types of LDL the problem is that very often this division is not measured as such.
Just focus on increasing HDL and lowering TGs. They're the factors that truly correlate to mortality. You know you're getting healthier, so are you afraid of the number or are you afraid of being unhealthy?
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