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Thoughts on lowering my cholesterol.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 02, 2011 at 6:50 PM

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So I was on statins a few years ago but I no longer takes them. In september of 2009 I had bloodwork done and her cholesterol was 180ish, with a good HDL to LDL ratio and normal triglycerides. I was not as paleo then as now, but I was relatively strict into zone proportions of about 12 blocks which is about 85grams protein, 110 grams carbohydrates and about 25 grams of fat. I was not doing any exercise and I was also relatively light for myself, in the 120s when normally I am in the 130s. I was taking fish oil with no vitamin D supplementation and took another blood test in Decermber of 2010 and it came out reading a 253 cholesterol with a 133 LDL and 120 HDL and triglycerides of 38. In the zone diet in efforts to lower fat intake I only ate 1 egg yolk and then whites, but was consuming more cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese and tofu in general. Now I eat 3 eggs 5-6 days a week and almost no cottage cheese, cheese, yogurt or tofu (all maybe once per week). I know tofu has no cholesterol, but figured I would mention that I was eating way more soy than now. Now I am taking the same amount of fish oil and vitamin D. I was thinking about just switching back to egg whites in the morning and being stricter with dairy and soy. We were gonna start with this and then look to get another test in about 6 weeks also checking the composition of the LDL. What other suggestions do you have or thoughts in general?

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on March 03, 2011
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Dr K, Jimmy Moore, Low carb blogger at http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/ has put together a listing of low carb/paleo friendly physicians at http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/ Perhaps you could add yourself. If you are already there as Alexander I will delete this post.

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on March 03, 2011
at 01:48 AM

The biggest help to you would be using micronized niacin while eating what your doing. I would get rid of the soy. And I would also load you up on Fish oil too. More than one would think as well. Speak to your doc about that. I will tell you as a doc your HDL level is fabulous and protrays a good future of avoiding guys like me......keep it up

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on March 03, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Dr K, Jimmy Moore, Low carb blogger at http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/ has put together a listing of low carb/paleo friendly physicians at http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/ Perhaps you could add yourself. If you are already there as Alexander I will delete this post.

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on March 02, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Michelle your trigs are excellent and your total cholesterol to HDL ratio, at less than two is excellent too. I do not see why you would need to lower your cholesterol at all, what matters is that tc/HDL ratio, rather than tc alone. For your info, soy is generally non-paleo although some of us have fermented soy, in the form of miso or fermented soy sauce. But tofu is not fermented.

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on March 03, 2011
at 12:19 AM

Lab numbers look great. I've never heard of an HDL of 120. Wow! Your TC went up because it factors in your HDL.

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on March 02, 2011
at 07:16 PM

You have a fantastic blood lipid panel. There is no relationship between heart disease and cholesterol. Your recent TC at 253 is fine and your HDL is absolutely amazingly great at 120 and your TG at 38 is another amazingly great level. Your LDL on paleo is not a problem as you probably have a large percentage of LDL as large bouyant particles...the good kind of LDL as opposed to the small dense type. Get an NMR blood test that will confirm.

Keep doing what you are doing. And eat eggs...all of it...we need the choline in the yolks.

The only thing I would completely cut out is the tofu...a soybean product that was not available to be eaten by our ancestors.
Dr Mercola has several postings as do others regarding the evils of soy products.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/18/soy-can-damage-your-health.aspx

Edit: I also ran across this that:

Soy contains oxalates. Oxalates deplete the body of calcium and may also cause the formation of kidney stones.

http://healthydietsandscience.blogspot.com/search/label/Soy%20and%20Kidney%20Stones

Edit: And this from Richard Nikoley, today, at Free the Animal...for both men and women about how soy affects libido. Be forewarned, Richard is blunt and to the point. http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/news-flash-vegan-soy-consumption-gives-you-a-limp-dick.html

In a paleo diet, fat intake is not your enemy. Many of us eat 75% fat 20% protein, 5% or less carbs. My lipids are good but not as good as yours.

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