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Should I be worried about my Cholesterol results?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 04, 2013 at 10:10 PM

37yo Male 5'11", 175lbs.

I started eating a very low carb paleo diet nine months ago. Since then, I've lost 65lbs. I feel (and look) much better. I had never had my cholesterol checked before. My results were as follows:

Glucose: 77 Total: 243 HDL: 50 TG: 53 LDL: 182 (friedewald) VLDL: 11

My doctor seems to think I'm on the verge of death based on nothing more than these numbers. He gave me a ridiculous "almost fat free" diet to follow, and he wants to see me again in three months. I have no experience interpreting cholesterol numbers, so I don't know if I should be concerned or not. There seems to be some conflicting information regarding appropriate ranges and ratios. If someone could provide an educated perspective of my results, I'd surely appreciate it.

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:04 AM

It's really unfortunate most doctors can't keep up with the literature because of our ridiculous medical system. Beyond "paleo/primal" or whatever you ascribe to, the common knowledge on health is dead wrong and the science supports this way of eating.

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Thank you for your reply. I wasn't freaking out. My doctor was. I'm thinking I might try someone new. He had never heard of paleo/primal diets.

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on June 05, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Heavy on words, light on numbers. Thanks for posting the link, though. I'm not sure it can be of any use to me. According to that article, my numbers ARE bad. Yet, their recommendations at the bottom for ways to improve your numbers are things that I've already been doing for nearly a year.

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2edfcc5c8044bbb4f22ba6ea4289f592

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:03 AM

That test doesn't tell us all that much. Your HDL:trig ratio is pretty much perfect. Your HDL: total ratio isn't great. Just knowing your LDL cholesterol isn't all that helpful. Due to the high total and bad HDL:total ratio, I would ask your doc (or another) for an LDL-P (particle count) test. I wouldn't worry all that much, your trigs are low, HDL is moderate, and you are looking/feeling much better so why freak out.

2edfcc5c8044bbb4f22ba6ea4289f592

(1398)

on June 06, 2013
at 01:04 AM

It's really unfortunate most doctors can't keep up with the literature because of our ridiculous medical system. Beyond "paleo/primal" or whatever you ascribe to, the common knowledge on health is dead wrong and the science supports this way of eating.

199a3a999bdb824eed5ee9e5cfe9842a

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Thank you for your reply. I wasn't freaking out. My doctor was. I'm thinking I might try someone new. He had never heard of paleo/primal diets.

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on June 05, 2013
at 02:51 AM

You total isn't terrible. It's a high normal, but HDL and trigs are good. Certainly not worth your doctors assessment as on the verge of death. I'd simply retest in 3 months to see if numbers were high/low in this test or not.

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on June 04, 2013
at 11:18 PM

Here is an article that can tell you a little more about cholesterol. More and more medical research is showing the health benefits of fats. Also, if your doc is old school he might still believe that fats are bad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/the-cholesterol-myth-that_b_676817.html

199a3a999bdb824eed5ee9e5cfe9842a

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on June 05, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Heavy on words, light on numbers. Thanks for posting the link, though. I'm not sure it can be of any use to me. According to that article, my numbers ARE bad. Yet, their recommendations at the bottom for ways to improve your numbers are things that I've already been doing for nearly a year.

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