Are you on a statin yet?
Low HDL makes Dr. Friedewald a liar
Granted your HDL was just barely at the levels mentioned but it was there. It could be that your LDL 10 years ago was actually higher than it was calculated at.LDL cholesterol is calculated from the following equation:
LDL cholesterol = Total cholesterol – HDL cholesterol – triglycerides/5
So when your doctor tells you that your LDL cholesterol is X, 99% of the time it has been calculated. ...
One of the problems with Dr. Friedewald’s calculation is that the lower HDL cholesterol, the less accurate LDL cholesterol becomes. ...
The lower HDL goes, the more inaccurate LDL becomes. This would be acceptable if most HDLs still permitted reasonable estimation of LDL–but it does not. LDL begins to become significantly inaccurate with HDL below 60 mg/dl.
Are you on a statin yet?
Not on a statin. Only taking bp meds. I got all the tests done at once. One of them was the high sensitivity C-reactive protein. Probably tested it because of my high blood pressure and borderline cardiomegamy and family history (both parents are athletes but have high bp and high cholesterol). No heart attacks or strokes on either family side though.
I just wondered as I came across some new research about statins in the BJM triggering diabetes
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
I'm basically replying so that the OP doesn't think that your post is correct.
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
5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
bloodorchid is always right
But as soon as you reach maintenance stage this stops because now you're eating enough to maintain weight and not dipping into body fat stores for energy reserves.
In addition, temporarily elevated triglycerides from a high fat meal should not be an issue. Once they are used for energy, your triglyceride levels drop quite a bit. This is normal and healthy. The only problem with triglycerides is when the level is consistently high and elevated. This is seen in modern SAD eaters because they consume high glycemic foods like white bread, white pasta, sugar, flour, etc. which turn to fat (especially when in a state of caloric excess which is not so uncommon these days). You therefore have these fatty acids flowing around the blood stream before your body absorbs them as body fat.
This is especially true when you are eating five to six meals a day as advocated by conventional dietary wisdom. If you are constantly eating, there is no time for your body to absorb these fats before the next load is created and your levels stay constantly elevated.