Paleo- raise cholesterol?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

My husband is skeptical of paleo and has high cholesterol. What would be the best way to convince him that Paleo is the way to go? Anyone have any good studies to send him to or explain why eating more high cholesterol food is ok?


on July 21, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Paleo 1.5 yrs, lots of animal fats and coconut oil. My total cholesterol 179, HDL 75, LDL 90, triglycerides 72. That right there would be an example of nearly perfect numbers. YMMV



on June 11, 2013
at 08:28 PM

Peter Attia's cholesterol series

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on June 11, 2013
at 08:10 PM

I would suggest the book "The Great Cholesterol Myth" and also "Good Calories Bad Calories" (if you really want to geek out). Saturated fat and high cholesterol do not cause heart disease. Cholesterol is like the fire truck at the fire. It's there, but it didn't start the fire. Inflammation from a shitty diet, stress, and other environmental factors started the fire. Also, dietary intake of cholesterol has no impact on blood levels of cholesterol. Your liver is constantly synthesizing and turning over blood cholesterol, and will produce it regardless of how much cholesterol you eat. Your inflammation levels, carb intake, fat intake, stress levels, activity, and much more are what really impact blood cholesterol.

To really combat heart disease (and lower cholesterol), you want to focus on lowering inflammation. To look beyond any evolutionary rhetoric, lowering inflammation is what paleo is based on. Grains, legumes, dairy, and occasionally nightshades can all lead to systemic inflammation. High intake of Omega-6 with inadequate Omega-3 raises inflammation.

Sorry, I don't have any studies on hand. If you want an extremely in depth look at the last 200 years of nutrition research and why "common knowledge" is wrong, buy Good Calories Bad Calories. Gary Taubes has his own biases and faults, but it is the most in depth look at human nutrition I have seen to date.


on July 21, 2013
at 06:54 PM

Hi, I'll share my story as concisely as possible. I'm 53 yrs old and my cholesterol numbers have all been creeping in the wrong direction for 15 yrs. My HDL lower than it should of been and my LDL/triglycerides higher :( A few years ago, my overall # was 250. I also had the worst kind of particle size: small, with very high particle density: 1700. Yikes! I had an ultrasound on the arteries in my neck to check for potential plaque build up....I had a little. Well....I started eating Paleo religiously 6 mths ago....everyday, I eat omega 3/range free eggs,no nitrate added bacon, sometimes up to 5 slices, lots of dark leafy green salads...I make my own dressing, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., and a lot of grass fed beef..ground beef, sirloin, etc. I add butter to whatever I want. I eat as much as I want...I'm never hungry. I just feel good. Well, I just got some test results back: My latest ultrasound showed a 50% reduction in plaque build up. My small particle density has reduced 80% !!!!! I will get my overalls back some time this week....I'm not worried for the first time in 15 yrs. AND.....I've lost 24lbs without even trying. I'm not a diet person, but I wanted to solve this without drugs. Footnote: the 6 mths before I started Paleo, I tried the "heart healthy diet" Pres. Clinton does.....NO FAT WHAT SO EVER, EVER DIET for 6 months.....lived on whole grains, veggies, and fruits. NO NUTS, OIL, MEAT, OR CHEESE. My cholesterol went UP !!!!



on July 21, 2013
at 10:27 PM

The funny thing is that the lowest mortality is for cholesterol between 200 and 220. This is normal, cholesterol is a necessary nutrient and all nutrients have a U-shaped effect on health. Too little, you are deficient, too much, it is toxic.

And this has been proven for different nations, within our nation, in Europe, etc. All one needs to do is google "cholesterol overall mortality". I would rather have a 250 level than 150. Also your cholesterol fluctuates summer-winter, lowest in summer. Learn to keep the quacks at bay. They can fix broken bones, that's about it. Diseases of civilization? Read on your own, that is where the money is (for them).

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