Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
Griff's cholesterol primer
Selecting: I don't mind it too much when someone is ignorant about something and they admit it -- but to be this ignorant and so strongly opinionated is insanity.
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
bloodorchid is always right
Your ratios are solid. To be completely sure, get an LDL particle count.
BP is usually my number 1 measure for cardiovascular health. Some medical reports are stating that BP is the number 1 factor in long healthy life.
Anyways, if I was someone with those numbers I would not be worrying too much. Also, irregardless of the numbers, if you lead a lifestyle low in uncontrolled stress, low in excessive/unmanageable inflammation, that's the keys to preventing heart attacks, strokes.
I'm more or less in the same boat. Had my bloodwork done -- all is excellent except for LDL cholesterol. And yes, I had a particle count done and it's high. Specifically:
LDL-P 1905 (that's about 95% percentile)
The rest is pretty much perfect
LDL pattern A
small LDL-P is only 149
My BP is normal, my inflammation markers are low, my glucose/insulin is fine.
I am well aware of the variety of sources which say cholesterol numbers don't matter. However I am also aware of a variety of sources which say they do.
Thanks everyone - this is a great education. Stress level is pretty low - job is boring, marriage is wonderful... the only stress is being a proud dad of a 2 year old and 3 month old sons...
What's scary is that traditional medicine thinks this number is high. With the recent moves to set insurance premiums based on the individual's numbers I get worried. I'm hoping it's a slow transition or many of its could get unfairly charged more because we're not consider "healthy"...
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.
Last edited by Lumifer; 05-23-2013 at 09:54 AM.