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  • Do you have high cholesterol?

    Hi all - The message that I got from the Primal Blueprint is to not worry about what your blood cholesterol levels are, as long as you're eating healthily. The last time I got my blood cholesterol checked was about 8 years ago, and my levels we all fine. At the time I was eating plenty of real food: meat, veggies, fruits, but also wheat and other processed foods.

    Two months ago I started eating 'primally' and trying to follow Mark's other advice. I try to explain my diet to friends - I like to call it a change in eating habits - and they think I'm some kind of wacko. The discussion usually arrives to the subject of cholesterol and my friends tell my that I will die of heart disease on this diet. I know about Mark's opinion on the subject and I'm not too concerned about my own blood cholesterol, but I have seen several testimonials on this website in which people who are eating a primal diet high in meat and animal fats actually have cholesterol, LDL and HDLs that a right were CW says they should be. That, in my opinion is great ammunition to use in a discussion with these poor unenlightened people who are killing themselves with sugar and pasta

    I will go to get my own cholesterol checked in a few months after I am down to a healthy weight. I'm still a few pounds overweight but since I've been on this diet I've lost 11 pounds (in 2 months) and I have never felt better.

    So, my question for you folks who have been eating primally, is your cholesterol level where CW says it should be?

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    Yup. My cholesterol was all kinds of messed up in CWs eyes when I was eating what CW told me to...

    The bad stuff was high, the good stuff was low, and the total was too high.

    So I stopped listening to CW and now, CW says my cholesterol is perfect ha. The irony.
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    • #3
      Hi Mike and welcome to MDA.

      Before going primal I had quite a low cholesterol level, and since (8 or so months) - all my numbers have improved !!!!!!

      so yay to lots of butter, eggs, meat, etc.... Its working for Gwamma !!!!!!!!
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      ...small steps....

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      • #4
        Not anymore, sadly. It crashed when I tried a fruit experiment. It was 260, with HDL at 90. Now it's only 208 with HDL at 70. Trigs always low, blood sugar always low, too.

        You can expect abnormally high numbers after weight loss and/or dietary changes, though.
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        • #5
          First post here (I'll do an intro when I've something useful to say), but can I ask what the equivalent numbers these would be in the UK?

          My cholesterol was last checked and it was around 2.8 mmol, I think. I don't have the figures for HDL and LDL. I take a statin as I am a heart bypass patient from over ten years ago, and I also suffer from a few heart valve problems which don't help. So I don't see me coming off statins any time soon.

          Your thoughts on the differing number systems, please.

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          • #6
            I have an appropriate amount of cholesterol for my lifestyle and repair needs.... I don't actually know what it is since I don't measure, but I'm certain that its appropriate

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            • #7
              I haven't had my cholesterol measured for many years. Low cholesterol runs in my family. I seem to recall it has ranged between 112 and 165.

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              • #8
                My cholesterol is 5.4mmol/l. Just high enough to be considered "not 100%", but not so high that anyone at the Dr's asked for a more detailed analysis.
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                • #9
                  Read Griff's "Chikesterol Primer" in the Research section.

                  I have had a Total C of over 550 for about 20 years while on the CW diet. Doctor's pushed statins like mad, but I'm allergic to all of them. After 3 months on primal my TC was 330's and I have complete faith that it will continue to improve. However my ratios are no all good!

                  Weight loss drives up the TC, so don't have the test taken for about 2 months after stopping weight loss.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Timmer View Post
                    First post here (I'll do an intro when I've something useful to say), but can I ask what the equivalent numbers these would be in the UK?

                    My cholesterol was last checked and it was around 2.8 mmol, I think. I don't have the figures for HDL and LDL. I take a statin as I am a heart bypass patient from over ten years ago, and I also suffer from a few heart valve problems which don't help. So I don't see me coming off statins any time soon.




                    Your thoughts on the differing number systems, please.
                    multiply by 40 to get American equivalent.

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                    • #11
                      A few years ago when I was just 16 and again at 17 I was told I had high cholesterol, with too much LDL, not enough HDL, and too much overall according to my former doctor. I haven't had it checked in probably 3 years now, but I know I really should so I can see what a year and a half of primal eating has done for me.

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                      • #12
                        Before Primal and eating CW I had:

                        High Cholesterol, High LDL, Low HDL and High Triglycerides.

                        Now I have:
                        High Cholesterol, High LDL, High HDL and Low Triglycerides. (much, much, much better!!!) My ratios were not good and now are excellent.

                        Very little of the cholesterol in our bodies comes from ingestion of saturated fat, but is manufactured by our livers to meet the needs of our bodies.

                        I have no interest in second guessing the wisdom of my body and therefore don't take the statins that doctors routinely push.
                        Starting Weight: 197.5
                        Current Weight: 123
                        Far healthier!

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                        • #13
                          It's funny, for me, I've always had cholesterol levels considered good by the doctors' standards. Even when I was 100 lbs overweight and eating a low calorie, low fat diet trying to lose weight. I had my insurance physical last fall, and after losing 65-70 pounds at that point and moving to a mostly primal diet, but numbers were nearly the same and still considered good by the doctors. I've lost another 10 lbs, but I'm not going back to the doctors until I need to.

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