High LDL and TC an issue? Please hack!c

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Hey all,

I just recently had my first lipid profile and the doctor seems alarmed by the results, and the fact that I eat so much saturated fat. I'm a 25 year old crossfitter (5'7", 165, 8-10% BF). I seem to perform best with lots of fat and generally keep my carbs <200g/day. Over the past year or so I estimate 80% primal adherence (including cheese and butter).

TC: 302 Trig: 42 HDL: 98 LDL: 181

I requested the test for LDL particle size but apparently this particular lab doesn't run that test (go figure). I don't really know if the high LDL and TC is a problem, but I plan to cut dairy and increase adherence in an attempt to lower them a bit. Should I be concerned at all? And/or does cutting dairy sound like a viable strategy? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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on March 28, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I am not going to say if you should be concerned or not but for one your LDL is probably lower then stated as the normal equation doesn't work with low TG. Look up Iranian LDL calc. Also this is one moment in time you should get a few more tests before you really worry. You may want to also listen and read Chris kressers posts and podcasts about cholesterol. He has a lot of good info and insight.



on March 29, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Cutting dairy is a great place to start. Here is Travis' piece de resistance on the issue....


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