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Is high LDL Cholesterol (109) bad? Will it inhibit weight loss?

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Created June 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I have been on paleo/whole30 for 40+ days and had my annual check up last week. Everything went great except my "high" LDL level (109) has my doctor telling me to watch what I eat.

Is it bad for me to have High LDL? Will it cause me to not loss weight?

I have read many articles and they are WAY over my head with information that is in doctor terms.

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on June 23, 2011
at 02:34 AM

no. healthy as can be. just overweight.

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:45 PM

The thing that upsets me more than the money is that this LDL standard coupled with the fact people do not want to have their pocketbook impacted (when we are already living in tough economic times) will further lean people towards getting on a statin. This bothers me so much because people outside of our community think cholesterol is the devil and statins are the savior. How sad!

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Thanks Rose. I've really been worked up lately about the cholestero-phobic world we live in, particularly because my wife's employer and provider of our medical insurance will be instituting a surcharge on our insurance premiums if our LDL is above 120. WTF?!?! The really absurd thing is that I can have a BMI of 30-, fasting glucose of 125-, and BP of 140/90 and not be charged the surcharge! My wife is a mid level executive for the company (which is Fortune 1000) and I am trying to get a meeting with the VP of HR to explain the utter ridiculousness of this standard for cholesterol.

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Fantastic post, Aravind. And regarding the number itself, my LDL of 117 caused my own doctor -- who is a classic, vegetarian, lipophobic grain-pushing statinator, lol -- absolutely zero concern.

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:43 PM

109 is just barely above the highest recommended which is 99. For LDL, I'd take fish oil twice a day, eat salmon more, cod, etc. You can bring that down in no time.

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:19 PM

You are asking two distinct questions

1) Is high LDL bad? The person that provides the most cogent explanation of this topic IMO is Chris Masterjohn. His most recent interview with Chris Kresser (http://thehealthyskeptic.org/the-healthy-skeptic-podcast-episode-11) was outstanding. It's long but it is worth the 90 minutes of time invested.

I tend to be a cholesterol skeptic along the lines of people like Kurt Harris and Peter at Hyperlipid. Here are some links to check out -

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2010/7/21/statins-and-the-cholesterol-hypothesis-part-i.html

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/i-have-high-cholesterol-and-i-dont-care

From the Archevore link, the relevant quote is "I do not believe in any of the versions of the lipid hypothesis, ranging from Ancel Keys' original idea that cholesterol or dietary fat clogs the arteries, to the currently fashionable one that ???small, dense??? LDL particles are like microscopic rodents that are designed to burrow under the intima of your blood vessels and kill you".

There was a great article at Hyperlipid (http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/) from a few years ago but I am not able to find it. I will try and edit this post if I find it.

2) Regarding weight loss - to the extent there is a correlation between (sd) LDL and carbohydrate consumption and IF you have metabolic issues that require you to limit carb intake to lose / maintain weight, then you could somehow link the two. But causality....I don't think so!

Bottom line - it is absurd that your LDL of 109 is considered high by your doctor. When it hits 300, sell :-) Til then, eat whole foods, avoid toxins, get lots of sleep, exercise for the hormetic and hormonal benefits (not calorie expenditure), and enjoy life!

Take care, Aravind

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 22, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Thanks Rose. I've really been worked up lately about the cholestero-phobic world we live in, particularly because my wife's employer and provider of our medical insurance will be instituting a surcharge on our insurance premiums if our LDL is above 120. WTF?!?! The really absurd thing is that I can have a BMI of 30-, fasting glucose of 125-, and BP of 140/90 and not be charged the surcharge! My wife is a mid level executive for the company (which is Fortune 1000) and I am trying to get a meeting with the VP of HR to explain the utter ridiculousness of this standard for cholesterol.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 22, 2011
at 11:45 PM

The thing that upsets me more than the money is that this LDL standard coupled with the fact people do not want to have their pocketbook impacted (when we are already living in tough economic times) will further lean people towards getting on a statin. This bothers me so much because people outside of our community think cholesterol is the devil and statins are the savior. How sad!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Fantastic post, Aravind. And regarding the number itself, my LDL of 117 caused my own doctor -- who is a classic, vegetarian, lipophobic grain-pushing statinator, lol -- absolutely zero concern.

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on June 22, 2011
at 07:46 PM

What is your LDL particle size? Worry much less if they are the larger type. Small dense LDL are the problem, and from my understanding rather rare on paleo.

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:55 PM

do you have other health problems (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)?

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on June 23, 2011
at 02:34 AM

no. healthy as can be. just overweight.

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on June 22, 2011
at 05:39 PM

It probably won't have any perceptible effect on weight loss and may be completely benign in terms of overall health. That being said, if you would like to lower it, just eat less dairy fat.

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