Cheating on cholesterol test

Answered on July 05, 2014
Created July 05, 2014 at 7:55 AM

My health insurance gives a premium discount to customers who keep healthy. As a result of modern science, they define as healthy individual a total cholesterol level below 200, a limit which I have problems to meet since I started paleo. My HDL/LDL/Triglycerides ratios are good but the total is always above 200. In that test they are not measured separately.

Also they require a BMI of 25, but I have 29 with a 16% body fat.

If I were to take the test now, I would be classified as extremely obese and at high risk of hearth attack at any moment.

Which are my options to temporally reduce my total cholesterol? Since I do not do low carb, I was considering that going low carb will help me with the BMI. Also I have experience doing water fast during 3-4 days, but even if that is good for the BMI, I am concerned that during extended fasts, my body will be well into ketosis state and therefore, signal a high cholesterol level.

I tolerate gluten quite well, although I never eat it. I might consider going for oatmeal if that helps.

any advice about how to temporally reduce my total cholesterol during a few days?

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on July 05, 2014
at 07:16 PM

From what I understand , if you eliminate saturated fat and replace it with PUFA for a few weeks your numbers will look good. You may trigger a lot of inflammation and be far worse off, but you numbers will look good to insurance buffoons.



on July 05, 2014
at 06:44 PM

A lot of places will do total cholesterol only test for ~$10. That should be good enough to experiment with a few strategies. Eat one way for two weeks, get tested. I would try::

Raw Vegan, no sugar, low GI carbs

Potato diet

Low meat 6oz per day, lean meat paleo

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