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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

Hi everyone, I would greatly appreciate help on this topic as it is very personal and important to me. My father has HCM and has a mild build up of calcified plaques (Although the last scan was 8 years ago, he's going to re-test). He is... (more)

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Breefolk 0 · March 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Look into l-carnitine supplements. There are several case studies using this supplement along with dietary changes and there has been great improvement in patients with HCM.

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by 25 · about 10 hours ago

It's been a year since I saw my doctor and I've had another cholesterol test. She is very concerned about the results, which show elevated levels. According to a "risk assessment", I have a 15% chance of cardiovascular event in the next five... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · May 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Your doctor's chief recommendation will probably be to reduce saturated fat in your diet. Most paleo eaters have some room to do that. e.g., eat leaner meat, don't use quite as much butter, stop eating coconut butter straight out of the jar. You... (more)

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by 1241 · about 10 hours ago

Update: VAP results below Age: 24 years old Sex: Male Height: 6'0" Weight: 165 lbs Total Cholesterol: 367 mg/dL HDL: 73 mg/dL Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 5.03 VLDL: 10 mg/dL LDL: 284 mg/dL Triglycerides: 52 mg/dL My doctor was VERY concerned... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · January 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I just read The Great Cholesterol Myth by Bowden and Sinatra. They believe that the only people who should be on statins are men under 65 who have already had one cardiovascular event. You are not in that category, but there are some other... (more)

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by 95 · about 10 hours ago

I just finished reading about statins causing Type 2 diabetes.I think it is very interesting that I was on a statin before I had a heart attack, and then I was put on more statins for two years after the heart attack. Over the last two years, one... (more)

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thhq 0 · November 09, 2012 at 7:09 PM

My Type 2 was caused by obesity and eating lots of carbs, and was cured by weight loss and drastic carb reduction. I took statins throughout that period. I don't think that they had anything to do with either causing or curing the diabetes.

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by 538 · about 10 hours ago

To be thorough, some background. 25 yr old male 5'9" 173 lbs Athletic, very active <= 10% bodyfat (by caliper, for whatever it's worth) Low carb high fat/ paleo/ primal (ish) for about 3 months now Very high (>100 mg/dl) lipoprotien(a) levels... (more)

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kev_1 0 · September 06, 2012 at 8:25 PM

They calculate the LDL with a formula: LDL = TC - HDL - 0.2*TC 113 = 193 - 65 - 0.2*76 = 111,8 (not exact because the values of the test are not exact) While the triglyceride and total cholesterol values are exact, the HDL value is an... (more)

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by 5132 · about 10 hours ago

Some people used to argue that if LDL falls too low, you're susceptible to cancer. It was never very clear to me that this was entirely true. First, how low must your LDL be to be cancer-susceptible? Under 100? Under 50? Second, wouldn't your... (more)

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Lady_Arwen 0 · April 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I find it interesting that statins DO NOT REDUCE mortality in most people. In fact, statin users may not die from heart disease, but die from other causes - often cancer! Statins increase risk of diabetes for women, and guess what - diabetics age... (more)

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by 40 · about 10 hours ago

I???m hoping for some reassurance that my recent lipid panel numbers are explainable and not reason for panic, and not as my doc suggests, cause for Crestor & niacin. This is going to be long, but I don???t know how to do justice to the... (more)

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cliff_1 0 · January 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Niaciamide and progesterone(the estrogen and testosterone are not good) are probably beneficial to take in your situation regardless of what your numbers are. The fish oil is garbage.

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by 305 · about 10 hours ago

My husband and I recently went in for a consult with a doc who we heard from local paleo loops was pro-paleo. Indeed, he had Cordain's book in the waiting room. After talking with him, I think his partner/son is the more paleo dude, but he was... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · October 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

So we decided to do that. I mean, can't argue with the fact that knowing if there's plaque in your arteries would be information you can use. The test is next Friday. I disagree; I think you can argue with unnecessary dosages of ionizing... (more)

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by 5132 · about 10 hours ago

Some people explain away their high LDL by invoking the particle size argument. Those who do low-carb Paleo typically have low triglycerides, which correlate well with Pattern A -- the large, bouncy and fluffy LDL type thought to be harmless. ... (more)

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Stabby 0 · July 12, 2011 at 4:21 AM

I'll try to give my take on it and people can challenge me if they wish, I'm not an expert, I just want to argue. This is a very good study and free to access. http://atvb.ahajournals.org/content/25/3/553.long Basically it is looking at the data... (more)

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by 270 · about 10 hours ago

Hi all! I just got my 60 yr old mother to try the paleo diet. She is the picture of American unhealthiness. She developed type Ii diabetes from diet and she has RA and she is taking CRESTOR for her cholesterol. I don't want to advise her to... (more)

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Dexter 0 · June 08, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Sounds like you need to find her a low carb friendly doc. Jimmy Moore has compiled a listing by state that he adds to frequently. There are three in NJ. http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/ (more)

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by 580 · about 10 hours ago

I hope my friend does not see this...but I need to post a question. A good friend of mine is is 75 years old..( and on facebook) She has eaten paleo for 12 years . She's about 5'5" tall and weighs about 110...maybe a little less. Her problem is... (more)

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Pam 0 · May 13, 2011 at 2:09 AM

High cholesterol in older females has a protective effect against mental decline. I would be happy with that number at her age.

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by 5838 · about 10 hours ago

Background: My father has always been overweight with little to no exercise. In March 2010 I got him to give primal / paleo a try. When he finally agreed, he was 264lbs, 5'10", sedentary. He has been on Statins, BP meds for as long as he can... (more)

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grace 0 · February 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Todd, Congratulations on your father's transformation toward optimal health!! Has your father read the below citations... (more)

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by 60 · about 11 hours ago

I'm twenty one years old, lean and six months paleo. After a blood test which yielded: Total Cholesterol - 250 Triglycerides - 53 HDL - 62 LDL - 174 My GP prescribed Crestor and advised that I would have to take it to reduce my cholesterol. She... (more)

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Chris_Kresser 0 · May 09, 2010 at 2:53 PM

ABSOLUTELY NOT! There is nothing wrong with your numbers, as others have pointed out. Total LDL cholesterol is not a risk factor for cholesterol. Period. Anyone who is relatively current with the research can tell you that. The primary risk... (more)

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by 10502 · about 11 hours ago

So is saturated fat evil or not? People say different things. If I eat it, do I have to worry about cholesterol?

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Bryce_Lee 0 · February 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Saturated fat is so sought after by your body that you'll actually convert large portions of the starch you eat into saturated fat for use now and storage for later! When you call a fat "saturated," you're simply saying it has no double bonds,... (more)

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by 50 · October 30, 2014 at 4:27 AM

I've been primal for 13 months now, and in that time I've had my cholesterol checked twice. I am 6'2 and 192 pounds. When I started primal, I was 235 pounds. My blood pressure went from being routinely in the 140/90 range a year ago to 110/70... (more)

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Dave_16 0 · October 17, 2012 at 2:58 AM

I don't care what your numbers are. You should tell him exactly where he can put his statins. They are not beneficial in any way. If you're looking to get your LDL down, I have read into it a little and there seems to be an importance to get... (more)

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by 20 · October 30, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Hi everyone, I've just returned from a doctor's appointment with lipid panel results, the most important ones, I believe, included below: Total Cholesterol 328 Total LDL-C Direct 183 Total HDL-C Direct 130 Total VLDL-C Direct 15 Total... (more)

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PaleoHappy 0 · August 08, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I have similar labs, so I'm working through some of the same issues. I think that the majority of people that have high APO-P and LDL-P (which do in fact increase the risk of heart disease) despite being on a strict paleo diet have some... (more)

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by 2199 · October 30, 2014 at 4:15 AM

What are your thoughts on low dose statins for a 83 year old woman with a history of ministrokes and is pre diabetic. She is reluctant to change diet with sweets and fruits, moderates but does not largely eliminated grains. She eats pastured... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

No, absolutely not. Stains have not been shown to have any, i mean ANY benefit to women, at all ever. The only effect, beyond making a Dr happy with the lower total cholesterol, is in men, oven 40, who have had at least one heat attack. It lowed... (more)

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by 10 · October 30, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Crestor prescription runs out Friday. The earliest I can see my doctor for a refill is Monday. I was going to "get his advice" about going off Crestor for another few days, and then take a blood test (been 99% paleo for 40 days). That would be... (more)

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Kim_7 0 · March 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM

I always get a bit worried when I see questions like this. Your doctor knows your medical history and would know of any potential harm from stopping cold turkey. I would see my physician first. There's some advice from a physician at this link:... (more)

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by 851 · October 30, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Anyone read the Jupiter trial? http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa0807646 I have a patient bring this study to my attention about the effectiveness of statin medications lowering C-reactive protein. His lipid panel is awesome all except he... (more)

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Rose 0 · February 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I had an elevated CRP on my last round of labs in June 2011, and my (now ex-) doctor was very concerned about it, despite the rest of my numbers being stellar. My new doctor, a more results-oriented person, apparently, told me she doesn't put much... (more)

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by 2297 · October 30, 2014 at 3:29 AM

So, my Mom went on statins a three or so years ago due to a supposedly high cholesterol. She eventually went off of them due to (I think) really bad heart burn. Over the course of taking statins she managed to acquire lactose intolerance (which is... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · June 18, 2011 at 2:42 AM

CoQ10 (ubiquinone), PQQ, alpha lipoid acid, resveratrol are my top four

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by 3509 · October 30, 2014 at 3:17 AM

We know that statins have the ability to reduce total cholesterol and some studies have shown that the reduction of cholesterol combined with their positive effect on CRP may reduce the number of cardiac... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · March 05, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Read the great cholesterol con by anthony colpo. Excellent review of all the data on statin trials. None of the trials really showed much help but it was spun quite differently. The real big thing you need to know is from the Framingham Heart... (more)

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by 4181 · October 30, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Went to the doctor with my husband today, he's type 2 diabetic and probably about 30 pounds overweight. He had a health screening at work yesterday for a discount on our health insurance premiums and here are his stats. Total cholesterol 224, HDL... (more)

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Dana_1 0 · February 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Get a new doctor. Stat. No matter what kind of diabetes it is, all diabetes has a cause. Type 1 is generally held to be an autoimmune disorder, but it always has a triggering event. Type 2 comes from metabolic damage, primarily insulin... (more)

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by 1029 · October 30, 2014 at 3:14 AM

I take one now, Crestor, but am debating stopping it, given that my cholesterol numbers have plummeted because (in my opinion) of the paleo. Not convinced anyway of the deleterious effects of a high cholesterol number. Has anyone come off them... (more)

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Eva 0 · January 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I would not take a statin. I am a woman and statins have never been shown to increase longevity in women nor in the elderly. THey have have only been shown to slightly improve chances in middle aged men with pre existing heart disease and even... (more)

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by 229 · October 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Does anyone know how this could happen?

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Mscott 0 · May 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The inherent definition of a statin is a drug that inhibits the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. When this enzyme is inhibited you make less farnesyl-pyrophosphate, which itself is used to synthesize both cholesterol (explaining why statins lower... (more)

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by 4029 · October 29, 2014 at 3:42 AM

My mother had been taking statins for years and was Type 2 diabetic. She was having extreme muscle pains that made lifting hurt terribly. She runs a daycare so not lifting children up is a major occupational problem. I'm still working on getting... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Any doctor who would keep a patient on a statin who is having serious muscle pain is a not a good doctor. Please get her on Ubiquinol (bio-available CoQ10) immediately since statins are known to deplete CoQ. Diet alone will not be enough, she... (more)

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