I have been paleo for about 2 years now. Over this time period I have had regular blood panels and one of the trends I have noticed is that although my HDLs have gone up and my Triglycerides have dropped my LDLs remain mostly stationary and my total cholesterol is pretty stable as well.
Though I am not fearful, I feel great and in general I feel my numbers are trending favorably I would like to know if anyone else has noticed this or has some advice on how to lower my LDLs. As a side note my Potassium seems to be a bit high - I eat a ton of spinach, kale, ruffage greens, and occasionally a skinless sweet potato. Should I worry?
My diet is pretty low carb, most days I would say I am below 50 grams and on workout (powerlifting/HIIT) I stay closer to 100 (2 bananas post workout, or a sweet potato)
Here are my numbers:
TC 211 207
HDL 43 57
LDL 140 140
TriGs 141 49
TC/HDL 4.9 3.6
K 4.5 5.4
The night before the test I did something really stupid and let temptation get the best of me, I ate some pizza! (master, I failed you) Though I still fasted for 12 hours prior to the test. I have also started IF about a month ago.
Your LDL number is actually calculated (not measured) in both of your results, using the Friedewald formula. I just confirmed this using an online calculator (link below).
If you use the Iranian formula (instead of your Friedewald formula), then your calculated LDL number dropped from 174 (2008) to 110 (2013).
As i say, these are just calculated LDL numbers, the lab has not actually measured your LDL (more expensive to do that).
Here is the link to the calculator that uses both the formulas mentioned,
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, Uffe Ravnskov and many other doctors/authors have laid waste to the Cholesterol theory. It seems that the information can't break through the entrenched propaganda to follow your numbers no matter where they lead.
I'd do some reading before getting hung up on the numbers.
A few thoughts.