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High Cholesterol ... doing everything right :(

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Hi all, Ive been at 95% paleo for about 4 weeks now. I'm getting pretty used to it! Ive also been doing Gluten Free at the same time. The 5% is the sugar in my morning coffee ;) Anyways, now that Ive been eating more clean Ive noticed that my thyroid is getting better and my triglycerides which were once 1500 and triggering 4 bouts of Pancreatitis is now down to 122!!!! I'm so excited. Only problem now, is my labs just came back on my 12hour fasting blood test. LDL 145.6 (range 30-150) and HDL 32 (range 35-85). My total is 202 (range 26-192). Chol/HDL Ratio 6.3 (average range for women 3.2-4.4).

So ... how do you get your Cholesterol under control while eating meat?!!

My Endo said diet, exercise and medication. Well, I have the change of diet down, the exercise will come after my meniscus surgery next week and the medication ... NO WAY! I hate pharmaceuticals. If I can find something all natural, maybe.

Is there a good natural supplement for good and bad cholesterol? What are some options to lower the bad, raise and good and keep eating meat?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:23 AM

Flax oil is OK, but it doesn't supply the right amount of DHA and EPA. So you still need to take fish oil, too.

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Antsy Doc?! haha ... I have to BEG for my tests to get done! My docs dont like to test. Now, the fish oil. I was taking it (about 3000mg a day), but then was told to do Flaxseed because of dry eyes. Is it ok to do both? Like split it, maybe 2 fish oil and 2 flaxseed a day.

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on February 11, 2013
at 09:59 PM

Your cholesterol is not high.

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I usually use coconut oil or bacon grease when I cook my eggs in the am, problem is ... I'm not hungry in the morning so Ive been just eating an avocado at work ... I know that's bad :( Any good high saturated fat foods I can start working into my diet?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:48 PM

This could not have been said more clearly. +1. Just raise that HDL, and you'll be good to go. :-)

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Thanks, I have been working on not being so gun shy when it comes to fats. Since I knew about my previously high triglycerides I was told to ALWAYS stay away from fat!! Its hard to retrain yourself to eat things that were off limits lol but I have to say I feel SO much better on a clean natural diet, free from Gluten as well! No more heart palpitations (due to gluten I believe). What are some suggestions to get more saturated fats? Also, I know I'm not eating enough calories, but I'm not hungry!

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I already take a multi, flaxseed oil, cranberry, cinnamon, biotin, b complex, st Johns wort, Gingko Biloba, calcium and vit c, d and e supplements.

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Just a note too, I have VERY VERY bad reactions to Niacin. Even with aspirin before it so that supplement is out :(

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Cage free eggs in the AM, with fruit or just an avocado if I'm in a hurry. Sometimes some bacon, but not too often. I do spring mix salad with either spinach or kale for lunch with either chicken, or some roast beef (some sort of protein) with an organic oil dressing. Dinner is usually chicken or beef with a veggie or sweet potato. Sometimes fish with coconut oil. I have my cup of coffee in the AM with organic local cream and a tsp of sugar. If I do snack its on homemade beef jerky, all organic or fruit. I'm not big on a lot of fruit until summer.

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:29 PM

What is your diet like?

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3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:35 PM

First of all, a total Cholesterol of 202 isn't "high" and might be in the optimal range, according to some folks (take a look at Perfect Health Diet for one example). Second, four weeks is not a long time to resolve issues, so you may have more improvements in store.

If you want to raise your HDL, make sure you're eating enough saturated fat.

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Thanks, I have been working on not being so gun shy when it comes to fats. Since I knew about my previously high triglycerides I was told to ALWAYS stay away from fat!! Its hard to retrain yourself to eat things that were off limits lol but I have to say I feel SO much better on a clean natural diet, free from Gluten as well! No more heart palpitations (due to gluten I believe). What are some suggestions to get more saturated fats? Also, I know I'm not eating enough calories, but I'm not hungry!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 11, 2013
at 06:48 PM

This could not have been said more clearly. +1. Just raise that HDL, and you'll be good to go. :-)

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 11, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I usually use coconut oil or bacon grease when I cook my eggs in the am, problem is ... I'm not hungry in the morning so Ive been just eating an avocado at work ... I know that's bad :( Any good high saturated fat foods I can start working into my diet?

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on February 11, 2013
at 10:15 PM

  1. Where you're at now, plus the exercise, if you're serious about it will move the numbers some more.

  2. You're not really allowed to freak out over cholesterol numbers these days unless you do the real lipid panels, like an NMR Lipothing & Lp(a). Not to mention that those numbers really aren't all that high and do show improvement. Only problem with the new detailed tests... they show actual risk causes, not just markers. No hiding behind the vagueness of just an LDL HDL Tri set of numbers.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 11, 2013
at 09:47 PM

I think you just need to give this more time, keep working on it, and retest in about 6 months, 3 months if your doctor is getting antsy, but it needs time to work.

Fish oil will help bring HDL up. At least 1200 mg of combined DHA and EPA daily. Be sure to read the nutritional label, the amount of oil listed on the front of the bottle isn't the same as what's nutritionally available in the capsule.

6028144172f94f96f0d609d2dfccccf9

on February 12, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Antsy Doc?! haha ... I have to BEG for my tests to get done! My docs dont like to test. Now, the fish oil. I was taking it (about 3000mg a day), but then was told to do Flaxseed because of dry eyes. Is it ok to do both? Like split it, maybe 2 fish oil and 2 flaxseed a day.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on February 14, 2013
at 02:23 AM

Flax oil is OK, but it doesn't supply the right amount of DHA and EPA. So you still need to take fish oil, too.

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