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Atherosclerosis and Diet

Commented on August 30, 2013
Created August 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Good morning to all from London, UK.

Over the last 6-7 years I have moved my diet from a relatively uncontrolled one - probably eating too much of this and that, to a 'lower-carb' and less process food diet.

My key motivation for dieting is to avoid Atherosclerosis that runs in the family: all male on my father's side have been affected by it from the age of about 60 even earlier. I am male myself so I am expected to have inherited from the same future.

So before my lower-carb diet my lipid profile was: CHL: 243 Tri: 151 HDL: 48 LDL: 197

Now after a few years of low-carb, higher level of exercises (mainly HIIT, following the Big Five method from the Body by Science book), higher fat intake I reached those levels: CHL: 235 (-5%) Tri: 81 (cut by half almost) HDL: 62 (+10%) LDL: 190 (stable)

In a intermediary blood test after cutting down on Saturated fats I brought my LDL back to 158, Tri a bit lower and HDL lower as well. With total cholesterol of 201.

My HDL/CHL ratio is at 0.26, it used to be 0.29 when I was on lower lever of Saturated fat. And it was 0.18 at it's 'worst'.

I am going to do a 23andme test soon to find out about genetic background.

So my questionS are: - What to look for in 23andme results? - It seems to me that with lowering carbs and saturated fat I improve my HDL/CHL ratio. But at the same time it sounds a bit crazy to me to lower both! - I have started - only very recently - taking Vitamin K2 supplement (Carlson, 2 pills a day). Any idea if that's beneficial or useless? - I am reading "Caldwell Esselstyn" book on Heart Disease and he advise to basically remove all fat from a diet focused on improving vascular function. Any takes on this?

I am keen to have a NMR Lipoprofile done to get the LDL-P level however I am in the UK and I don't think such thing exist.

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I'm not sure on which K2 is best either so I've been taking life extensions Super K. It has 1000mcg K1, 1000mcg K2-MK4, and 200mcg K2-MK7, so it should cover all bases.

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I haven't but I have read blog post from Chris Masterjohn and Chris Kresser on K2. I have start K2 and Co-Q10 supplements. Not sure if MK4 or MK7 is best though. Thanks!

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Have you read "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox"? Seems to indicate K2 is beneficial for prevention of calcium deposition in arteries and other soft tissues.

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on August 30, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I haven't but I have read blog post from Chris Masterjohn and Chris Kresser on K2. I have start K2 and Co-Q10 supplements. Not sure if MK4 or MK7 is best though. Thanks!

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on August 30, 2013
at 02:53 PM

I'm not sure on which K2 is best either so I've been taking life extensions Super K. It has 1000mcg K1, 1000mcg K2-MK4, and 200mcg K2-MK7, so it should cover all bases.

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