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Been primal for two months, my cholesterol total is 400...WHAT?

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  • MamaGrok
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    Go see if you can find any proof that high LDL numbers (as long as triglycerides are low and LDL is large & fluffy, not small and dense) correlates to heart attack, heart disease, or death overall by any cause.

    Good luck with that!

    How are you doing in fighting the battle against sweets & grains?

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  • Arcy
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    Sorry to rebump an old topic...but I'm really having some anxiety over this. I've read all the suggested materials and the science behind it but the thing is my cholesterol has actually gone up now to 435 (triglycerides are still low) my doctor is basically suggesting statins as if it were a life/death thing and my poor mother is about to give herself a heart attack over it. I don't want to worry and I FEEL fine... but 400+ is insanely high... I've never even heard of anyone else with numbers that high. And I'm kind of scared. I don't want to get on statins but my doctor is strongly recommending it.

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  • walkingbird
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    And you shouldn't, because your triglycerides are normal. You don't need to worry about because they are a more meaningful indicator of your health that cholesterol. I suggest that you borrow Good Calories, Bad Calories and read p 154 onwards.

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  • Arcy
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    I appreciate the advice guys. I'm going to get it checked again and get a comprehensive breakdown this time... because 400 seems like an ungodly high number, but aside from that I'm not gonna worry about it too much.

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  • Keithallenlaw
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    400 you say? Keep up the good work! Seriously. You are young and growing. You need it.
    Just watch to much sugar from fruit. Carry on!

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  • leonardotmnt
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    Originally posted by bokbadok View Post
    Good advice here. Also leonardotmnt - you need more details about the specific breakdown of your profile.
    About my profile? Meaning you wanted to see them? The first test was a VAP so I got everything. The second test was just a standard cholesterol panel because I had some other bloodwork done.

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  • Phaedrus
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    Check your fasting blood sugar. If it was/is elevated it can cause sky high numbers.....even months after it's been managed.

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  • bokbadok
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    Good advice here. Also leonardotmnt - you need more details about the specific breakdown of your profile.

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  • DianeThePurple
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    Griff has a great post about cholesterol numbers and what it all means:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2

    Good luck, I hope this helps.

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  • emmie
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    It may be that you have hereditary cholesterol issues, and no diet will solve that problem. The fact that your father has been medicated for years and your young age suggests that may be the problem.

    If so, you are among the ONLY people for whom statins are appropriate. I have a very good friend who is now in his late 50s but has been on statins since his early 30s (his father dropped dead of a heart attack at 37) because of this hereditary condition. He has always been fit, eats healthily, etc.

    You should follow up as your doctor suggests ,and please pay attention to medical advice in this situation.

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  • runnergal
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    Also, get your test re-run. I know FOUR people who got an exceedingly high number that was fine after rechecking. Sometimes a glob just gets in there and mucks up the test.

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  • leonardotmnt
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    Do you know your numbers from before you got it checked? What were you eating previously? A lot of people do seem to have a spike right away and then drop some. I had pretty similar numbers after about 6 months on primal. Total near 400, LDL over 300, Trigs were 63 or so and HDL was only 49. About 8 months after that I just had a blood panel done and I'm down almost 100 in LDL, down in trigs, and up to 64 in HDL. I suspect my numbers were horrendous before I started eating primally because I ate a bunch of junk. I also have a family history of high cholesterol but I stuck with it and now my numbers seem to be improving. Without knowing what they were beforehand it's hard to say if it's bad or possibly helping. If your HDL is good and trigs are low it's likely that you have Pattern A LDL. If that's the case a higher number isn't quite as bad. Read Griff's Cholesterol Primer for some more info. A VAP or NMR cholesterol test will tell for sure whether it's pattern A or B.

    Forgot to add that my h-CRP was also low. In all, I'm not too worried about being higher than what's recommended by most doctor's. Many people with "good" cholesterol have heart issues and many people with "high" cholesterol have no issues throughout their life.
    Last edited by leonardotmnt; 01-28-2011, 01:05 PM.

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  • coach81
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    I had my cholesterol checked after about 5 months on primal.. my numbers were GREAT..

    I wonder how much heredity may be playing a role in yours???

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  • AndreaReina
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    That article's great at explaining why cholesterol tests aren't all they're cracked up to be. A better indicator would be to get a VAP, NMR, or GGE test -- these will tell you what kind of LDL you have (you want Pattern A). They also actually count the LDL instead of guessing. Also see if you can get tested for hsCRP and/or homocystine -- these are markers for inflammation in the body which will give the accurate picture of your risk.

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  • Soil To Sustenance
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    Check out this blog post by Chris Masterjohn "Why Is My Cholesterol So High On This Diet?"

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