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"Primal" is a very vague term. I have never eaten a Standard American Diet. Generally speaking, I eat lowish-carb with most carbs coming from fruits and vegetables. I avoid (not 100%) grains and almost never eat sugar. My diet is relatively high-protein (the usual beef, pork, chicken, etc.), the fats are what's attached to the meat plus some butter, some olive oil. I eat dairy but 80% of that is cream-spiked kefir that I make myself, the rest is cheese. I am lactose tolerant and gluten tolerant.
Oh, and I also do intermittent fasting. Not really by design, my life just works out to be structured this way. My last food of the day is around 8-9pm and then I don't eat until midday the next day.
I found a couple of good articles on the LDL size (large vs. small) and left them with my doc. He asked me to come back in for another round of bloodwork today to see where I'm at so more info to come...
I recently had bloodwork done and had similar numbers. Of course I got the 'your cholesterol is high, you need to eat less fat and exercise more'. Well I probably could exercise more, but when I did the ratios, I was fine. The only 'high' number was total cholesterol, 216. Total cholesterol is a meaningless number, unless you are over 350. I do have hashis and IBS and have been gluten/grain free for 8 months and trying to be as primal as I can. I feel the best I have in a long time, so I'm just ignoring the doctors orders.
I just got my bloodwork done for the first time since I went primal and here are my raw numbers. Its also the first time in my life I have had "high" cholesterol. It looks like they used the Friedman calculation:
If I run them through the Iranian formulae I get:
Reading Griff's primer it seems I may have an LDL issue, so I will ask for a VAP and CRP test if the followup test shows weird ratios again:
Should I be worried about Total/HDL ratio? If there is an LDL issue the only thing I can think of is that I eat eggs for breakfast each morning and I like them cooked through (not runny) and I like my meat to be as close to charcoal as possible. Could this combo be causing LDL issues?