So I've been eating Paleo for 7 months now (started in late December). I do eat white rice and potatoes and I know some people disagree that these are Paleo but I love them. I just had my first lipid panel since I went Paleo and was surprised to see my levels rise I eat a lot of animal fat, butter and avacado. I have lost body fat and lost 7 lbs since starting. I now have a BMI of 23.5 so I thought I was doing well. Here are my most recent results vs. May of 2012. Should I be concerned?
CHOL/HDLC Ratio 3.4
Current 2013 Total 206 HDL 65 Trig 68 LDL 127 CHOL/HDLC Ratio 3.2 Non-HDL 141
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on July 22, 2013
at 09:06 PM
I wouldn't worry, your numbers seem fine to me. There hasn't been a clear, definite study that high cholesterol indeed causes heart disease - on the contrary, the Norwegian HUNT2 study found that higher cholesterol provides longevity (link: http://blog.perfecthealthmonitor.com/2013/01/the-hunt2-study-is-cholesterol-bad-for.html)
More than staring at individual numbers, I'd consider the CHOL/HDLC ratio most important. In your case it has even gone down, which is an improvement. The optimal ratio is anything less than 4.5.
It is common for cholesterol to rise on Paleo/Primal because of the increased consumption of saturated, natural fats.
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I wouldn't change anything on your diet solely based on the numbers, keep up the good work!
on July 23, 2013
at 04:07 AM
There are many published studies on cholesterol and mortality, all pointing to the same answer: your mortality is lowest when your cholesterol is between 200 and 220 (results on americans only say 200, results from nations comparisons say 220). mortality rises slowly on the upper side, and faster on the lower side. Strokes, for example, are far more common for low cholesterol. 172 is OK and you are improving. It is about as good as 250 but far better than 150. Also, it is summer now, possibly in the winter it will be a bit higher and closer to the sweet spot. Cholesterol is a necessary nutrient, and all such nutrients exhibit a U-shaped curve.
on July 30, 2013
at 10:19 AM
I have to contribute as well here and agree that I have been reading a lot about how cholesterol might be related to heart disease and did not find a lot. Many argue about, however people are keep living which is good! You just make sure you stick to the foods that lower cholesterol