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One of those damn lipid blood test questions...:P lower LDL and HDL on paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Okay, I am not freaking out over this at all, its more a matter of curiosity.

When I ate very poorly, super high carb, very little fat or meat except junk food, my LDL was overly high, and my HDL "normal".

Now ive been on paleo whole foods, low carb, higher fat (fatty cuts, butter, hard cheese, coconut oil, more meat) for a few months and my LDL is coming back pretty low, and well below so called "risk range" and my HDL has dropped into "risk range". According to the standard line, which I know is questionable, if my HDL was higher, id be "very healthy" lipid wise my doctor said. (She suggested fish oil). 6 months back my doctors were starting to tentitively mention statins cos of my LDL (no I would never, lol)

Now I was under the impression that sat fats raised both of those, not lowered them both. Is this genetic or why would both my LDL and HDL go down on LC paleo?

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I am doing it for my digestive health (LC). I have a small bowl of berries and a little glucose each day to make sure I get some, but if my gut health was better I would have a couple of kumara and parsnip a day and the odd bit of berries too.

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Oh, and from memory my HDL was 0.78 and my triglcerides where 1, cant remember the LDL.

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at 10:25 AM

As time goes on, I'm becoming less and less convinced of the LC way of living. If it makes you feel better overall, fantastic! But I've been reading and hearing too many stories in the AE (ancestral eating) community that support negative effects of LC. A suggestion is you may want to try tinkering with going moderate carb, retest in a month or so, and see where your results fall then.

You may also want to consider that the body often reacts in a weighted scale like manner in achieving homeostasis. What I mean by this, is that your body is not going to immediately go, "Oh! They're eating better, let's shift everything in the right direction!" Sometimes our good results wax and wane along with our bad results. If your LDL is pattern A, I believe ("fluffy") there's not much of a cause for concern in that department anyways. Fish oil is kind of a toss up on the effectiveness at promoting HDL. I've read articles that say it does, and articles that say it more effectively targets triglycerides and blood pressure issues.

There's also the issue with quantity over frequency. A lot of people on here talk about consuming all of the right foods, but it's far more complicated than that--namely, how much are you consuming?

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I am doing it for my digestive health (LC). I have a small bowl of berries and a little glucose each day to make sure I get some, but if my gut health was better I would have a couple of kumara and parsnip a day and the odd bit of berries too.

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