An intriguing twist has entered into my previously mentioned high LDL cholesterol situation:
It turns out I’ve also got a H. pylori infection which has been causing havoc in my system. A bit of searching on the net and it seems H.pylori that there are potential links to so many diseases from Alzheimer's to cancer.
And low and behold, it has also been linked to high LDL:
I posted a comment on Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet blog and Paul responded with some more studies in his reply:
Now I've just checked Paleohacks and AdrianaG has just made a comment about her infection with h.pylori and high LDL in the following thread:
A point to note is that I also have a normal TSH but low T3 and high rT3 which is also associated with high LDL. I wonder if h.pylori could be impacting on conversion of T4 to T3 and increasing the LDL that way or whether it is something more direct.
Maybe my period of VLC provided the right environment for an explosion of h.pylori. Based on my life's symptoms I believe I have probably been infected for decades and it has been suggested that most infections occur in childhood.
You can test for h.pylori by blood test or breath test. I had the blood test which I believe is cheaper.
Are there any other Paleo Hackers out there who have high LDL and have been tested for h.pylori?
It would be awesome if you have high LDL if you could have a blood test for h.pylori to see if this is not the underlying cause behind VLC and the extremely high LDL. It is estimated that around 25 to 30% of the population (in Australia where I live) has h.pylori infection. So that could possibly explain why VLC Paleo seems to raise LDL in a percentage of us.
If you do get tested and you haven't already, it would also be good to test for free T3, free T4 and rT3. You probably need to insist your doctor do this as they tend to want to only test for TSH which will likely be in lab range anyway.
Please find this thread again and post your results when tested.
Any thoughts on this?