So I have been on a low carb (Atkins but allow myself more veggies) diet for about 1.5 years. I am switching over to primal (closer look at the meats I eat and include more fruits and cut out processed crap). Blood work from 6 months ago (due to go back shortly) are as follows:
Cholesterol - 177
Triglyceride - 97
HDL - 40
LDL - 117 (old way of calculating)
125 (Iranian calculation)
Ratios look to be okay but these results are from me being on meds. I take the following Welchol for Cholesterol, Tricor for high Triglycerides, and Niaspan to help bring up my HDL's.
Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.
Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine
Thanks for your feedback. I will cut the nuts, and i do not do vegetable oils at all. I mainly eat unprocessed meats (not enough fish though) and veggies (out of my garden this summer). I will try to cut out the artificial sweeteners (use it in coffee and tea).
Thanks again for the info.
If your Triglycerides and HDL were swapped, you'd be all set. You want high HDL and low Trigs.Ratios look to be okay but these results are from me being on meds. I take the following Welchol for Cholesterol, Tricor for high Triglycerides, and Niaspan to help bring up my HDL's.
To up your HDL, eat saturated fats, cook your meats with bacon fat, tallow, lard... coconut oil... To lower your Triglycerides, avoid all carbs except vegetables and fruits. I saw that you use creamer on your coffee, what kind? The best to use for good cholesterol would be heavy cream (not half and half). Take it easy on the fruit unless you exercise lots.
Doing this you should be able to get off those meds.
Good luck Sean, and let us know how it works :-)
My Dr. has me on Crestor.
She is adamant that I take it.
I want to stop.
Do you know of any protocol for weaning oneself from statins?
I hear that cold turkey can have consequences.
If you had a poor lipid profile - which means LOW HDL and HIGH TG's - you will need to keep your carbs down below 100 and keep eating primal to see these numbers improve. In fact, Crestor does NOTHING to raise HDL or lower TG's.
Remember - it is your body and your health. Your doctor can recommend all she wants, but nobody can force you to take medication. Statins have many adverse effects - and have proven to have only small benefits in reducing heart attaclks in MEN who have previously had some kind of heart disease. There is very little risk in discontinuing them, even if you do fall into that category. You get much better health bang for your buck in following a clean prmal diet - eliminating grains, sugars, and processed foods will do you enormously more good than taking a statin.
to your health!
.sigh. I'm getting prepared to fight my doc about statins again -- my latest cholesterol test:
Total = 302
HDL = 72
NON-HDL = 206
TRIG = 122
My ratios look fine: Total/HDL=4.2 (<5), TRIG/HDL = 1.7 (<2), but I know my doc will just look at the total and freak. I suppose my defense will be to ask for a followup VAT, although I'm not sure insurance will pay for it right after the first panel...
Read and think about sharing these articles with your doctor. The first one is about the importance of measuring particle size:
The second article discusses the REAL risk factors for heart disease:
Why Cholesterol May Not Be the Cause Of Heart Disease
Best of luck with all this!
I've been tracking my CRP - I got into this way of life after asking for a CRP test and the result was over 9 (last March). it climbed to 12 then Primal kicked in and by this spring it was down to under 7. This week it is 6.2 - still high, but half what it was last june!
I had a VAT done last December but stupid me forgot to fast first so it won't be much of a baseline!