I am very new to this forum and looking for advice.
I must to admit to being fairly worried. I have painfully tingly feet and hands, which I finally got in to a see a doctor about and got blood drawn Friday. The labs came back later that day. Says the cholesterol value is 607!!!, HDL 91, CHOL/HDL ratio 6.7. Can that be right? I am right now on a zero carb diet because both parents and grandparent had/have Parkinsons and ketosis is a therorized prophylactic. I have high stress because I am Caregiver for Father who is now dying fromParkinson's.
My diet is basically One meal a day of hamburger steak and eggs and a large mug of bone broth. The rest of the calories I get from several mugs of coffee with butter (Irish), coconut oil and 1 table spoon of heavy cream. I am 53 years old and 6'1" at 155 pounds, BP 112/70. From what I gather from my symptoms it looks like I have PAD (peripheral artery disease).
The foot and leg pain really hit late last year when I went full on zero carb and super high fat.
So I would appreciate any advice, before I get hit with the standard low fat diet speil and Statins. May have to go that route, but would really, really rather not.
Again any advice appreciated. I need to get myself informed and any pointers to websites with good information would be very helpful.
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on May 28, 2015
at 05:08 PM
"Can you point me to some websites that expand on your monounsaturated fats diet thinking?"
Ok yeah sure. monounsaturated fat is actually quite easy to get from most foods. Here's the research for it:
"As compared with the high-carbohydrate diet, the highmonounsaturated-fat diet resulted in lower mean plasma glucose levels and reduced insulin requirements, lower levels of plasma triglycerides and very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (lower by 25 and 35 percent, respectively; P<0.01), and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (higher by 13 percent; P<0.005). Levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol did not differ significantly in patients on the two diets."
"Compared with the carbohydrate diet, the unsaturated fat diet decreased systolic blood pressure by 1.3 mm Hg (P = .005) and by 2.9 mm Hg among those with hypertension (P = .02), had no significant effect on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 1.1 mg/dL (0.03 mmol/L; P = .03), and lowered triglycerides by 9.6 mg/dL (0.11 mmol/L; P = .02). Compared with the carbohydrate diet, estimated 10-year coronary heart disease risk was lower and similar on the protein and unsaturated fat diets.
In the setting of a healthful diet, partial substitution of carbohydrate with either protein or monounsaturated fat can further lower blood pressure, improve lipid levels, and reduce estimated cardiovascular risk."
And this one is also quite good:
"study included 162 healthy subjects chosen at random to receive a controlled, isoenergetic diet for 3 months containing either a high proportion of saturated (SAFA diet) or monounsaturated (MUFA diet) fatty acids...
...Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) increased on the saturated fatty acid diet ( + 4.1 %, p < 0.01) but decreased on the monounsaturated fatty acid diet (MUFA) (–5.2, p < 0.001)"
And here's a list of foods, that are a good source of monounsaturated fats (and their carb/fiber content):
Not everything on there is healthy, so you have to decide what is good and what is crap, but at least it has a comprehensive list of foods.
on May 27, 2015
at 12:51 AM
Thanks for your reply.
Yep, I going through a massive reassessment of my diet. I am hoping the 600 number is a mistaken lab result maybe caused by my being in ketosis?
I went for months with less than maybe 15 carbs a day. It is cheap and I was massively broke and didn't want to think about "what's for dinner" while dealing with the hateful proggress of my father's death do to Parkinsons dementia as his caregiver. I am guessing my stress levels are through the roof as well. But, I have to say I think I am weathing this pretty well all things considered. I attibute it too the very high saturated fat diet.
I am thinking that a zero carb diet and high stess maybe a very bad combination? My previous cholesterol numbers maybe 7 years ago was 196 with a good HDL/LDL ratio, so I am hoping it's not familial hypercholesterolemia.
on May 26, 2015
at 10:13 PM
600? Good grief man, that's ridiculously high. That sounds like familial hypercholesterolemia more than anything else. You're very thin so obviously it's not from being overweight or eating too much. Levels like that are hard to reach by food alone, they usually have some genetic involvement.
My suggestion would be, first: replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats like olive oil, macadamias, almonds, high-oleic safflower oil, avocados, and in addition eat plenty of fatty fish with a decent amount of Omega 3 in them, but stay away from Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats.
Second: try talking to your doctor about what treatment or medication would be right for you, your problem doesn't sound like something that could be solved by diet alone.