I am a new Primal member, just 2 months old and am loving it! I feel great and am looking better after fully embracing the Primal way of eating (much to my husband's dismay - he does not feel full after eating only meat and vegetables and misses pasta and rice). I was also very curious to see if the benefits of a Primal lifestyle would help my cholesterol levels.
The back story is my grandpa died of a heart attack in his 40's (I have no idea what is diet or exercise program is like), and both my mom and dad have very high cholesterol levels and are on statins (neither one of them exercises very regularly and my dad eats terribly but my mom doesn't do so bad). 2 years ago, I went to my Dr. to get my cholesterol levels checked. The results were 265 for total, 133 for triglycerides, 89 for HDL and 149 for LDL. My Dr. did what most doctors do and put me on a statin.
Medication brought my total below 200, which falls in the CW range of "acceptable":
Total 190, TG 92, HDL 79, LDL 103.
2 months ago, I decided to go off my medicine and switch to the Primal eating plan. Over the course of the last 2 years, I have had my cholesterol checked 7 times - some times on statins, sometimes not. It's generally lower on meds (no surprise), but always in the total range of 230-260.
My latest test (OFF meds, ON Primal for two months):
Total 303, TG 138, HDL 80, LDL 195.
When my mom heard that my cholesterol was 303, I swear she had a mini stroke!
So now I am very confused and need your help. A cholesterol level of 303 sounds very scary, and my Dr., husband and mom are all saying "I told you so - get back on your medicine." Of course my doctor is very unhappy I went off my meds in the first place.
Did the Primal diet fail me? I was very strict for these two months, and even though I went off medication, I wouldn't have expected that my numbers would have gone up higher than my non-statin / "healthy (non Primal) diet level of two years ago. I estimate I had no more than about 100 grams of carbs per day. I ate red meat, sausage and bacon once or twice a week and had a lot of eggs. The only oil I used was olive.
Without the support of my mom and husband, I'm not sure I can continue this experiment, especially if I don't have some way to help them understand that it is a better choice for my health. Any advice on what to do next would be very helpful, especially for those who have had some personal experience with this.