my husbands cholesterol numbers...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

okay, so i went really strict paleo about 1 1/2 years ago after being vegan for 7 years... my husband on the other hand, ate all the paleo stuff, lots of meat ,eggs, coconut oil etc.but he continued to eat grains and sugar, so basically he was eating the SAD diet. anyway when we were vegan his numbers were good now his total is 225, triglycerides 61, hdl 60 ldl 143. his doctor is freaking out and has told him to quit eating EVERYTHING with cholesterol in it. he wants to go strict paleo but he is nervous about it and so am i! does paleo work for everyone?

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on November 17, 2012
at 02:11 AM

It has long been established that foods with cholesterol, for most people, are not the primary factor for blood lipids.

His Chol/HDL ratio (best predictor of heart trouble) is 3.75, which isn't all that bad although if I were him, I'd cut back on sugar & grains and try to get it lower than 3.5.

His triglycerides are good if that number is correct...if the LDL was calculated, those numbers don't add up properly though.

Paleo encompasses a huge choice of dietary habits, for lack of a better way to put it. It is quite possible to devise a paleo diet that improves your cholesterol panel, but also quite possible to make it worse.

There are some really helpful articles on cholesterol & diet at Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health blog & at Chris Kresser's blog. But really, from my perspective his panel isn't perfect but it's far from "freaking out" stage, unless there is a history of heart trouble in his family.

[adding later: actually, if he's eating those grains and sugars in processed food products that also contain industrial seed oils, that might be the first thing I'd worry about -- I'd cut out all industrial seed oils if it were me, even if he goes on eating grains & sugar]

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on November 17, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Get another doctor. Mine never freaked out over numbers like that. One easy comparison is HDL/triglycerides, which is 1. Excellent, as is the HDL/TC ratio. http://www.yourmedicaldetective.com/public/523.cfm

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