Hi. I am a 57 y.o. healthy male. I've been eating dairy free/gluten free for five years, autoimmune protocol Paleo for several months (to manage my psoriasis). Since my mid-30s my total cholesterol has ranged from 120 - 143. Below 120 is considered hypolipidemia, although the lab report indicates that only below 100 is considered abnormal. My recent lab report shows total cholesterol as 111. I think a reason for the drop is that I am no longer eating 2 eggs/day; eliminating eggs did wonders for my gut and my psoriasis. As for fat/oil consumption I do cook with coconut oil and ghee.
Unsurprisingly, my primary care physician thinks there isn't such a thing as "low cholesterol". But hypolipidemia is real. Are there any suggestions for elevating my cholesterol while still adhering to the autoimmune Paleo diet?
Since my cholesterol has always been low-ish, even when my diet was awful, I suspect I was born this way. Still, it would be nice to bump my total cholesterol to 150.
For completeness my triglycerides is 41, HDL 45, VLDL 8 and LDL 53 (..an LDL of below 50 is also a sign of hypolipidemia).
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on June 05, 2014
at 12:29 AM
TSH 3.2 is normal in conventional medicine, but it definitely indicates hypothyroidism.
People can have major hypothyroid symptoms with this level of TSH.
A really healthy person should have TSH close to zero. As far as i understand,
Liver enzyme tests do not reflect liver's ability of make cholesterol. Lack of active thyroid hormone T3 plays a major role in liver function. People can have good TSH but low
T3, that is why a full panel of TSH, total T3, total T4 , reverse T3 are needed.
If you are following low carb and low fructose diet then amount of fructose may not be enough to compensate for liver's inability. Low manganese can also lower cholesterol.
You can find a lot of good studies on "hypocholesterolemia" on google.
on June 03, 2014
at 09:31 PM
Here is a quote from wikipedia "According to the American Heart Association in 1994, only total cholesterol levels below 160 mg/dL or 4.1 mmol/l are to be classified as "hypocholesterolemia". However, this is not agreed on universally and some put the level lower." There is speculation that
pharma industry lowered the limit to boost sale of cholesterol lowering drugs. They used to believe
that upper limit of cholesterol is 200+age. That means 200+57=257 is your upper limit.
Hormone researcher Ray Peat PhD thinks excessive consumption of starch is a common cause of
low cholesterol. Fructose containing foods are the best to way to increase cholesterol.
Damaged liver can inhibit cholesterol production and hypothyroidism causes liver to be
inefficient. Low cholesterol lowers production of all the protective hormones like progesterone,
pregnenolone, DHEA . One possible cause of low cholesterol is hyperthyroidism,
where excess thyroid hormone increases the conversion
of cholesterol to protective hormones. This is not so bad as having low cholesterol and low
thyroid function. You still need good amount of cholesterol to be healthy. Some studies
have found higher cholesterol level in older people, 50+ increases longevity.
on June 03, 2014
at 08:08 PM
Is the dairy an allergy, fear of MAP, or just lactose intolerance? Because drinking heavy cream with essence flavored soda water is easy as pie and has no lactose. Just beware of the additives in some heavy creams like mono/di-glycerides, and various gums. Whole foods (of course) often has plain heavy cream without additives if you can't find one in a grocery store that is tolerable. It may even be from a grass fed cow.
Otherwise, rendering various fats from duck or beef trimmings is also not difficult. Different fats have different effects so you might want to run those tests again after a couple of weeks trying a new fat. But as for the illness you're experiencing, looks like your doctor or other health pro is going to have to deal with that one (checking thyroid, looking for gut malabsorption, etc..).