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.
asked byintbal (5)
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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.
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.
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.