Background info: I have Lupus which has been in remission for about 1 year now, pretty much since I went Paleo. I CrossFit 5 times a week and I feel great. I have been sleeping a bit less (6 hs) than I should for the past month because I am under a lot of work stress but hoping to get back to sleeping at least 8 hs starting next week. I struggled with low HDL before going Paleo. I think it has to do with the medication I take, hydroxychloroquine, which I have been on for 2 years. Before paleo it kept decreasing my HDL and increasing my LDL. LDL and triglycerides are usually on the low range anyway, never had abnormally high cholesterol. B12 vitamin is a bit low as I have cannot absorb it properly when ingested orally so I get shots every couple of months (probably leaky gut? I have been working on healing it too). In January my lab results were: HDL 52 LDL 62 triglycerides 40
Now they are total cholesterol 104 HDL 57 LDL 42 triglycerides 27
I eat about 65% of my calories in fat, about 2000 - 2400 calories a day. I eat plenty of coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter, lard, bacon, coconut butter, avocado, eggs, meat, pork and chicken, probably not as much fish as I should but I try to eat some once a week, offal every week including fattiest as sweetbreads, blood sausage, some raw fermented full fat dairy every once in a while too and some organic grass-fed heavy cream a couple of times a week, lots of veggies, 1 sweet potato or plantain a day and 2 pieces of fruit, a handful of nuts a day max (usually not every day), olives, bone broth about twice a week, liver once a week, I also take fish oil every day. Anyway, I think I take pretty good care of myself, but...are these levels of cholesterol normal? I am glad my HDL increased a bit (slow but steady), but should I be concerned about total cholesterol and very low LDL? Could this be because of working out a lot or is it something I should have checked? Could it be something liver related?
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