I have convinced my friend to Paleo 1 month ago (after 1 month of Dukan). She is female, 34, non-smoker. Currently 167cm and 75kg and losing slowly but steadily. She doesn't consume huge amounts of butter and animal fat, but moderate. her only indulgence is 1-2 sundried plums or apricots, thats it. And she consumes a little bit of cheese and full fat yoghurt. And she has access to pasture fed beef and eggs.
After these details, let me write her test results:
LDL - 26.05.2010 > 133 16.02.2011 > 116, 27.05.2011 > 103, 16.11.2011 > 206.2
HDL - 26.05.2010 > 74, 16.02.2011 > 54, 27.05.2011 > 70, 16.11.2011 > 76
Trigliserid 26.05.2010 > 62, 16.02.2011 > 51, 27.05.2011 > 60, 16.11.2011 > 49
Total Cholesterol 26.05.2010 > 219, 16.02.2011 > 181, 27.05.2011 > 185, 16.11.2011 > 292
There is a good rise in HDL and the trigliserides went down, which are great. But the LDL doubled!
She panicked a bit at first saying should I eat less meat and more legumes. (at least doesnt even consider grains, at all) Now she is worried if it is a sign of something wrong and would like to find out what.
By the way, all the tests were done at the same lab except the one in May, 2011, which doesn' contradict with the other results.
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on November 16, 2011
at 02:58 PM
The information you are looking for is in the article linked below. I was going to try and summarize it for you, but I think you and your friend would be better off reading it. Hope this helps:
EDIT: I realize that not everyone will actually click on a link and read it. So, if your friend wants to approach this with a self-experimental approach, he or she can try these potential solutions:
- more carbs (for glucose deficiency)
- iodine (to resolve hypothyroidism)
- selenium (ditto)
- T3 thyroid hormone (ditto) (warning: must titrate off of slowly)
- copper (deficiency linked to lipid metabolism)
Lastly, for more related details from my favorite paleo writer:
on November 16, 2011
at 04:55 PM
Part of it is that her LDL is being calculated based on a triglyceride range that she is not in. Tell her to cut out all butter/cream and re-test in a few months. 5 weeks of doing so about a year ago caused my LDL to decrease by 20-something%. That was going from a fairly high intake though. It's easy to make butter disappear into your vegetables, so she could be eating more than she realizes. I suspect that higher quality butter is more potent in raising LDL than conventional butter, but either way it has a potent effect: http://paleohacks.com/questions/36855/i-think-i-may-have-figured-out-why-some-of-us-have-really-high-ldl#axzz1dt47Bev5