516 total cholesterol...is that a problem?

Answered on July 18, 2016
Created July 09, 2016 at 6:55 PM

I eat paleo, have a 74 HDL and 72 triglyceride level.  All my other blood level results are nromal (other than the LDL according to the docs) including a low c-reactive protein level. My cholesterol has gone up with including more of it in my diet.  10 years ago when my cholesterol was in the 300s I had the LDL broken down into the light fluffy and small dense particle varieties.  The test came back saying all the LDL was of the benign, light , fluffy variety.  I now eat 4-5 egg yolks a day including duck eggs which have 3 times the cholesterol as a chicken egg (and are delicious).  I do not remotely have familial hypercholesterolemia.  The docs want me on statins but I refuse.  Should i be concerned about this?

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on July 14, 2016
at 10:35 AM

We've all read many articles about the dangers of high cholesterol. What I have gotten from these articles is that although high cholesterol itself is not a danger, it is a sign of danger. In other words if one has high LDL, it is most likely that there exists inflammation, which is the cause of a myriad of diseases, and that the elevated cholesterol is a response to this inflammation. So I would suggest doing research on inflammation instead of research on cholesterol levels.

It has been explained to me in this way. Whenever there is an automobile accident, you will find emergency medical workers. So it might be correct to assume that these folks in white are directly responsible for the accidents since they always seem to be in the vicinity. But the truth is, and I am quite sure you disbelieved my inicial theory, they are not the cause of the accident, they are there as a response to the accident.  


on July 18, 2016
at 03:21 PM

There is a review article about the fallacy of particle size and atherogenicity in the May 5, 2009 issue of Circulation. The title is "Advanced Lipoprotein Testing and Subfractionation Are Not (Yet) Ready for Routine Clinical Use". Sorry that I can't post the link. 


on July 11, 2016
at 03:36 PM

Very informative Rebecca.

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on July 11, 2016
at 10:37 AM

Yes, It can be dangerous for your health.


on July 10, 2016
at 01:39 PM

I forgot to mention that I am 5'8" and weigh 141 pounds.

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on July 10, 2016
at 12:34 PM

If you're obese and over 50 I would be concerned.

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