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    Huge cholesterol increase on paleo

    I am told I have heart disease so my blood lipids are checked regularly and all are quite good except triglycerides. (Am on Lipitor and want OFF!) I know Lipitor does nothing for triglycerides anyway. Started eating primal about 1 1/2 months ago. Banned sugar (except in fruit) and grain. I was hungry at first but gradually adjusted. Lost weight, felt great until yesterday. Got results of blood work and my cholesterol (ldl) nearly tripled, triglycerides nearly doubled. Even glucose was up some (that has never happened). Doc said I just cannot eat this food. I pretty much agree that cholesterol does NOT cause heart disease - mine was not elevated when I had MI 2 1/2 years ago but of course, I am on Lipitor for some reason that I cannot discern except to keep my cholesterol 'in check according to Big Pharma guidelines'. So now I don't know what to eat or what to do because the doc scared me badly. Any advice?

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    Post your full labs please.

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    How's your liver health? I would definitely be worried about a doubling of triglycerides. If you want lower cholesterol, cut down on saturated fat (especially dairy) and eat more fruit and starch.

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    Hi Karyn,

    Have you been treated for thyroid issues?

    I cane across this article the sheet day: http://www.healthcentral.com/cholest...yroid-disease/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthetaco View Post
    How's your liver health? I would definitely be worried about a doubling of triglycerides. If you want lower cholesterol, cut down on saturated fat (especially dairy) and eat more fruit and starch.
    All other results are normal. I had cut out all dairy. Was eating meat, veggies and fruit. So now meat and fruit are gone and I do NOT know what to eat. Very depressing

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    Will get them in a form to post. Thank you

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    Some numbers will get skewed a little if you are losing weight. Also, just how much fruit and what kinds are you eating? Are you eating lots of potatoes both white and sweet? I ask because fruits and potatoes can elevate triglycerides significantly in some people. Triglycerides are a sign of carbs being turned into fats. They can also rise due to weight loss and the body releasing stored fats.
    You say your ldl tripled, what happened with your hdl?
    Look at the quality of foods in your diet. If your Doctor is making a deal about your blood sugar, then you need an A1C test. Try tracking your overall intake of food to make sure you aren't over doing one thing.

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    You are female. Plenty of ripe old ladies have TC in the 300's and higher. It means almost nothing for women AFAIK.

    You can't rely on this test if you have lost weight recently. Your doctor is dumb if he/she doesn't know that. Your weight should be stable for at least a few weeks before you test again.

    And, of course, avoid all coconut products.


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    Why would you need to avoid coconut?

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    Coconut raises ldl. The large fluffy kind you want, but it raises it none the less. If you need to have your numbers look good for a test, avoid the coconut.

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