I just had my cholesterol measured for the first time the other day, and as my situation is a little messy, I thought I'd post to see if anyone might have some thoughts.
I'm 23, 5'6", and currently 120 pounds. Dealt with a mild eating disorder for two years, where I dropped from 136 to 103~110 pounds. I've been experiencing amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) for going on 2 years, and was found to be slightly insulin resistant in February, so I went full paleo/primal and worked on gaining weight to where I am now.
I was diagnosed with hypothalamic hypogonadism / low estrogen, and have been on biodentical estradiol and progesterone for going on 2 months.
I've also been dealing with chronic stress and insomnia for the past two years, both of which are slowly getting better.
Otherwise, I've been pretty solid paleo/primal since February. Very little red meats/fatty cuts/bacon. I usually get my fat from ghee, coconut oil, or avocados, but had been drinking lots of fatty grass-fed lamb bone broth to heal a gut issue a couple of weeks before the test.
In terms of family history, a few family members on my grandmother's side have high cholesterol, but they tend to be inactive and/or don't eat very well. One member on that side had a quadruple bypass in his mid-30s, but that is the first instance of anything like that happening in our family that I know of.
That said, here are test results:
Total Cholesterol: 283
HDL Cholesterol: 101
VLDL Cholesterol: 7
LDL Cholesterol: 175
Everything I've read seems to suggest that this is pretty high for someone my age, but my trig/HDL levels look good? I'm just wondering why on earth my numbers are so high.
I have read that low estrogen can cause elevated cholesterol, as well as stress and all that fun. Anyone with any similar experiences/knowledge or thoughts/recommendations about all this?
Sorry for the length. Any sort of response would be greatly appreciated!
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on August 25, 2012
at 09:46 PM
Elevated cholesterol is typical for blood lipid panels in anorexics. It is normal, and may be a protective mechanism. Do not worry about your cholesterol/blood lipids, focus on getting to a healthier body weight, and things will level out in time. If you have also been bulimic in the past (either over-exercising or purging), this can also result in elevate liver enzymes. Not to worry though, just get back to a healthy place and things will return to normal here as well.
All the best.
on August 26, 2012
at 03:06 AM
Yes my estrogen was out and insulin resistance going on even on no grain diet my cholesterol was high . I was told it was because my body was trying to make extra estrogen and insulin as cholesterol is the basis for making hormones. Sort that out and then test again