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  • #16
    Have your thyroid checked; have read coconut oil which is also good for thyroid helps lower cholesterol.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
      Have your thyroid checked; have read coconut oil which is also good for thyroid helps lower cholesterol.
      I was meant to have had that checked when he did cholesterol but it somehow got forgotten so its booked for 2 weeks time.
      Can poor thyroid function cause high cholesterol?
      As for coconut oil, which is an MCT, how can it lower cholesterol? I use coconut oil a lot of the time and it hasnt lowered mine at all.
      Ive read so much of the stuff on the net and many of the links people have kindly put on here and the advice is so conflicting Im more confused than ever!
      I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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      • #18
        Poor thyroid function can raise cholesterol. I think what actually lowers it is being in good health. I would avoid the supplemental fats and just eat real foods with the natural fats contained within. Only use supplemental fats to keep food from sticking to the pan. I'd also read the insert that came with the seizure meds and see if high cholesterol is a side-effect. I am guessing that it may be.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
          I'd also read the insert that came with the seizure meds and see if high cholesterol is a side-effect. I am guessing that it may be.
          Just looked up all my meds and none of them mention cholesterol in them.
          I am approaching the menopause and I wonder if this isnt helping?
          Im using progesterone cream to help with the hot flushes, and it works very well - maybe thats a cause too.
          I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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          • #20
            I typed cholesterol and menopause into google and there appears to be a lot of CW news articles about how menopause causes a jump in cholesterol.

            I'm betting that my own cholesterol is also much higher than it was at first. But the thing is, I feel terrific so I'm not going to change my diet. If I did change my diet I would try to eat leaner meats and maybe take lots of niacin. The thing is, if I eat too lean too long I start to feel bad (hungry, less happy and sometimes sort of anxious, desperate or heart palpitations) and don't feel good again until I eat something fatty. I can live with cycling my fat intake like that, though, if it became necessary.

            I'm not sure how necessary it would actually be, however. Women seem to naturally have higher cholesterol levels and some studies show it to be protective for women, women with higher cholesterol live longer (how much higher, I do not know). There has also never been a study that showed that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs has been of any help for women of any age and any cholesterol level. These lab results are supposed to be markers for potential illness, not the illnesses themselves, and even the link between the marker and the illness is pretty weak. Weak enough that even CW is starting to look for better markers.

            So at this point, I have decided that I will not seek out medical testing or treatment unless I actually feel sick. I feel healthier than ever so why invite big pharma into my life?
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #21
              There's also this:

              New Study: Women With Higher Cholesterol Live Longer | AnthonyColpo
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Apex Predator View Post
                Thats quite an interesting article! Not sure if I believe it though?
                It certainly flies in the face of everything Ive thought / been told / read etc about cholesterol!

                So much conflicting stuff out there!!
                I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                  But the thing is, I feel terrific so I'm not going to change my diet. If I did change my diet I would try to eat leaner meats and maybe take lots of niacin. The thing is, if I eat too lean too long I start to feel bad (hungry, less happy and sometimes sort of anxious, desperate or heart palpitations) and don't feel good again until I eat something fatty. I can live with cycling my fat intake like that, though, if it became necessary.


                  So at this point, I have decided that I will not seek out medical testing or treatment unless I actually feel sick. I feel healthier than ever so why invite big pharma into my life?
                  I hear what your saying and I agree with you - to a point!
                  However, high cholesterol has no symptoms, nor does high blood pressure, so can you really go simply by saying "well I feel ok"! ?
                  If things are going on inside me that have an adverse effect on my future health, Im not sure its wise to ignore it.
                  I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Rattybag View Post
                    Thats quite an interesting article! Not sure if I believe it though?
                    It certainly flies in the face of everything Ive thought / been told / read etc about cholesterol!

                    So much conflicting stuff out there!!
                    I'd take a look at the studies he cites and make up your own mind.
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                    • #25
                      High cholesterol has no symptoms because it is not a disease.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #26
                        My cholesterol, the last time I got it checked, was even higher than yours -- both total (360+) and HDL (121). My LDL was also extremely high (past 200). My tris were low (37, I believe). My first doc flagged everything -- including my HDL being "too high" and my tris being "too low" and cried "DRUGS MAY BE NEEDED." I switched doctors.

                        Also: I'm not dead yet.

                        Good luck as you wrestle with everything. Try not to panic, and do more research regarding the drugs you're taking now for your seizures and see whether there is a connection to higher cholesterol numbers.
                        F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                        **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                        **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post
                          My cholesterol, the last time I got it checked, was even higher than yours -- both total (360+) and HDL (121). My LDL was also extremely high (past 200). My tris were low (37, I believe). My first doc flagged everything -- including my HDL being "too high" and my tris being "too low" and cried "DRUGS MAY BE NEEDED." I switched doctors.

                          Also: I'm not dead yet.

                          Good luck as you wrestle with everything. Try not to panic, and do more research regarding the drugs you're taking now for your seizures and see whether there is a connection to higher cholesterol numbers.
                          Trigs too low?!? WTF?
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Apex Predator View Post
                            Trigs too low?!? WTF?
                            Yep. Awesome, right?
                            F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                            **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                            **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                              High cholesterol has no symptoms because it is not a disease.
                              +eleventyhunscrillion
                              The Champagne of Beards

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                              • #30
                                I noticed a similar topic today on Paleohacks. A guy has been eating high cholesterol, testing his blood cholesterol, eating low cholesterol, testing his blood etc. He appears to respond to increased dietary cholesterol with a reduction in serum cholesterol. Apparently some people will respond that way and others are the opposite. Even if his tests are silly (like maybe the low cholesterol is delayed by a day and is really the response to the low dietary cholesterol day) I'm amazed at how his cholesterol fluctuates wildly. After reading that, I think it would be better to get a bunch of tests and average them out rather than freak out over one test.
                                LDL high? Increase your cholesterol intake. The elephant in the room? - PaleoHacks.com
                                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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