Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: My cholesterol numbers - oh boy ... page

  1. #1
    gempdx44's Avatar
    gempdx44 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    93

    My cholesterol numbers - oh boy ...

    So I had a cholesterol panel done on Friday and got the results today. I am having trouble making sense of the numbers, but a couple of them seem bad:

    Total Cholesterol (normal 50-200): 224
    Triglycerides (normal 0-250): 73
    HDL (good cholesterol 35-90): 54
    LDL (bad cholesterol below 130): 155

    Next to the LDL number, my doctor wrote "watch your diet".

    Sigh.

    I wonder if these numbers don't improve, if she is going to try and pressure me to take meds and I absolutely do not want to do this. I am feeling great on my Paleo/eat real foods way of life and don't want to add back in "healthy whole grains". Has anyone ever lowered their numbers while maintaining a Paleo diet? Would adding more fruits and vegetables and maybe cutting back a little on the butter and red meat help? I am open to any and all suggestions!

    Typical day of eating:

    B: tablespoon of organic nut butter OR whey protein shake OR 2-3 pieces of bacon with an egg

    L: some kind of meat + potatoes or rice OR a big salad with protein

    S: (if working out in afternoon) KIND bar OR fruit + small piece of cheese or nuts

    D: same deal as lunch

    S: 1/2 c of plain greek yogurt + 1/2 c berries

    LOADS of water and coffee, sometimes coconut milk or half and half in the coffee

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    smokyjoe's Avatar
    smokyjoe is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    16
    I've heard unfiltered coffee can raise LDL.

  3. #3
    activia's Avatar
    activia is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Near Boston MA
    Posts
    2,198
    Your cholesterol looks fine, if you want to lower LDL, increase healthy carbs but its not necessary with your numbers.

    Please please please please please listen or read to this series

    Chris Masterjohn on Cholesterol and Heart Disease (Part 3)

    (should I put that link in my sig?)
    Primal since March 2011

    Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

  4. #4
    gempdx44's Avatar
    gempdx44 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    93
    Hmmm - I do drink a fair amount of unfiltered coffee - all I have is a plunger pot and an espresso machine here at home.

    Increasing the carbs is something I have been doing the past couple of weeks, so will continue that.

    I will definitely check out the Chris Masterjohn link - I hear he is very highly regarded.

  5. #5
    NWPrimate's Avatar
    NWPrimate is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    385
    Those numbers don't look bad to me. Especially with trigs under a hundred.
    It's become an almost cliche post, but if your trigs are under a hundred, you're most likely looking at large fluffy LDL.

    I'd rather see you raise your HDL a little than lower your LDL.

  6. #6
    john_e_turner_ii's Avatar
    john_e_turner_ii is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Flower Mound, Texas
    Posts
    2,104
    So, if his numbers came back normal based on medical standards, would that be good or bad?

  7. #7
    NWPrimate's Avatar
    NWPrimate is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    385
    Quote Originally Posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
    So, if his numbers came back normal based on medical standards, would that be good or bad?
    I could be mistaken, but I believe that before the statins came out, his numbers would have been considered in the normal range.

  8. #8
    gempdx44's Avatar
    gempdx44 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    93
    Quote Originally Posted by NWPrimate View Post
    Those numbers don't look bad to me. Especially with trigs under a hundred.
    It's become an almost cliche post, but if your trigs are under a hundred, you're most likely looking at large fluffy LDL.

    I'd rather see you raise your HDL a little than lower your LDL.
    Thanks, that makes me feel a little better. Just seeing those numbers was a bit of a shock.

    I remember that oatmeal was supposed to help raise HDL. I used to eat it a lot, but got out of the habit when I transitioned to Paleo. Maybe I should add it back in a couple times a week?

    I've also read that exercise effects HDL, and I think I'm good there. I lift heavy things 3X per week,
    do Poloquin-style intervals 2X per week, and long easy cardio 1X per week.

  9. #9
    john_e_turner_ii's Avatar
    john_e_turner_ii is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Flower Mound, Texas
    Posts
    2,104
    I guess my point is that I don't even know what good numbers are considered in here anymore. When people post that they have lowered their cholesterol numbers, everyone says "good job". When others have their cholesterol increase dramatically, everyone says "those are good numbers".

  10. #10
    gempdx44's Avatar
    gempdx44 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    93
    Primal Blueprint Expert Certification
    I should clarify, I am a girl. Not sure if that matters with the ranges.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •