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Is high cholesterol really as bad as "they" say?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Last year and most recent blood work shows my total cholesterol as 209 (9 pts above "normal" level). Should I be concerned? I don't know how this could be because I eat strict paleo, only nuts, avocado, veggies, fruit, and lean meat every day!!! Aren't those on SAD the ones who should have high cholesterol? I barely even eat bacon or butter AND I run and do crossfit religiously. What gives? I am a 22 yr old female.

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Hey Emma if your really concerned I'd check out "The Great Cholesterol Myth" by Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Johnny Bowden. I'm about half way through, it's a really good read. It breaks it down really good with lots of evidence to back up the claims. http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Cholesterol-Myth-Disease/dp/1592335217

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on April 26, 2013
at 09:17 PM

HDL 81 LDL 122 TRI 28

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http://perfecthealthdiet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/O-Primitivo-Cholesterol.jpg

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"Total cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 correlate to the lowest mortality rate"" Where on earth do people get this idea?

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:17 AM

@nada, you are correct, updating

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at 02:15 AM

Do you know what your HDL, LDL, and triglyceride numbers are?

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:13 AM

i thought it was 200-240

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at 01:22 AM

There is just so much info out there about cholesterol I don't know what to believe. Could it be because the meat I am eating isn't grass-fed or free-range?

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You definitely should not be worried about that cholesterol. Total cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 correlate to the lowest mortality rate.

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:17 AM

@nada, you are correct, updating

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on April 26, 2013
at 01:36 PM

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/O-Primitivo-Cholesterol.jpg

8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Do you know what your HDL, LDL, and triglyceride numbers are?

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on April 26, 2013
at 01:22 AM

There is just so much info out there about cholesterol I don't know what to believe. Could it be because the meat I am eating isn't grass-fed or free-range?

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:13 AM

i thought it was 200-240

5dd50f78f47b8848d93724d6eb38d4c1

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on April 26, 2013
at 06:35 AM

"Total cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 correlate to the lowest mortality rate"" Where on earth do people get this idea?

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on April 26, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Total cholesterol 209 isn't any bad as a total number per se, but you'd be interested in getting at least the split count between HDL and LDL. Also trigglicerides are very important. You want low trigs plus high HDL and moderate LDL fluffy particles. This seems to be correlated with the lowest cardiovascular diseases.

For instance, you could be having 100 HDL and 109 LDL plus 60 trigs and I'd find these numbers are great! But you could be having 40 HDL and 169 LDL plus 250+ trigs and that would make things a lot different. That's why total cholesterol isn't a good marker for CVD according to the recent research.

Have a look at this great article. In the end, what you want is to avoid general body inflammation which will trigger high LDL and trigs because there's a need to repair for the arteries. Reducing inflammation via good diet (you seem to be in the right way) and good living style will help you clear faster blood cholesterol levels so it will oxidise less and keep artheries clean. That seems to be the ultimate goal.

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on April 26, 2013
at 09:17 PM

HDL 81 LDL 122 TRI 28

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:55 AM

If you are terribly worried, supplementing iodine and selenium will improve thyroid health which improve the body's uptake of LDL particles from the blood into cells. But no, you should not be worried about cholesterol numbers unless they are frighteningly high indicating familial hypercholesterolimia and have a family history of poor heart health at young ages.

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