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

    I'm 20 years old, and have lost 10 pounds being primal so far... I'm at 116lbs. I've been feeling great. Happier and more energetic than I've felt in years, and my skin's cleared up. I'm fairly active...but not as much as I could be. According to my doc my total cholesterol is 400!!!!! When I told my mom, she just about hit the roof. I've been eating at least 90% primal, at the suggested percentages. Eggs and fat everyday, lots of bacon, also lots of fruits and veggies. Very by the book, so to say. I do have a family history of high cholesterol, so I'm wondering if this has anything to do with it. My doctor wants me to go see an endocrinologist, I'd rather not since they will probably just prescribe me pills like my dad's been on for years.

    More info:
    HDL: 63
    LDL: 325
    Tryglicerides: apparently normal
    Risk: 6.3?!

    Is this a normal thing that happens to some people when they go primal? I'd like to alleviate my mother's hysteria and avoid pills and more doctors if all possible. (Also I apologize if this is in the wrong place.)

  • Mike7
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    Try to read Gary Taube's " Why We Get Fat" if you want a less technical book.

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  • O_O
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    I'd have a frank discussion with your doctor. You could highlght some of the medical references prior to going in.

    There time is often short so be prepared in how to open the discussion if you decide to try it. I do this with my doctor. She is open and does listen.

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  • O_O
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    Don't worry about the eggs.

    In case you don't know who Colette is she is the nutritionist for Atkins and worked under him.

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  • Arcy
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    @ AndreaReina: I've read that numerous times, but I decided to "play ball" so to say with my doctor. (He is the leading Lipid specialist at Johns Hopkins, if this guy doesn't know what he is talking about then the world of medicine is in a sad sorry state.) I'm not putting 100% trust in this guy's hands, but I'm going to give it a chance for a little while to hopefully get the number down.

    @ 0_0: I'm 1/2 way through reading Good Calories Bad Calories (I'm an artist who draws dragons and robots...reading this book has been flexing some brain muscles I haven't exercised in a while haha) and it has me convinced the fact that eating cholesterol doesn't raise cholesterol. Its also made me extremely skeptical....Also I'm taking a Fish Oil supplement.

    @mozzy10 I haven't even heard of that, I'll check it out.
    Last edited by Arcy; 03-09-2011, 01:30 PM.

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  • mozzy10
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    Have you been advised to take a CoQ10 supplement? If not then google it to find out why.

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  • O_O
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    The liver also uses saturated fat to make LDL cholesterol.

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  • AndreaReina
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    Whether or not you believe that cholesterol causes disease, you should be aware that there are no studies that show statins to be beneficial for females.

    Saturated fat intake drives HDL, which drives total cholesterol.

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  • Arcy
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    I'm sorry to bump this thread again (last time I promise!) but I just wanted to give a quick update and also thank you guys for your very helpful advice. After a slew of blood tests I have been diagnosed with Familial hypercholesterolemia. (My cholesterol total has been steadily climbing even still up to 438 now, LDL-P is at 2600. Basically, my levels are above average even in other females my age with FH.) I've carefully considered both points of view when it comes to statins but in this case since I've decided to take my doctor's advice and go on statins at least for a while until I can get it back down into a more normal range. I don't want to be on them for my entire life, but I think it is the best decision at this point.

    I guess the point I'm at now is that I'm wondering if I can continue with the Paleo diet despite the doc's recommendation to cut out essentially all saturated fat intake, or if I could replace the eggs and bacon with other types of fat.

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  • Sue
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    Another one by Davis on statins and FH:
    http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2...is-part-i.html

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  • Arcy
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    I missed it actually. That was actually very informative and helpful, thank you!

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  • peril
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    Statins have only been shown to be effective for middle aged men who've had a heart attack or similar. If you don't meet all three criteria then you have no reason to risk them

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  • Sue
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    Originally posted by Arcy View Post
    The increase happened while I was still nearly 100% grain free. Doc suspects that I may have familiar hypercholesterolemia (still waiting for test confirmation) in this case it seems that statins may be appropriate... I'm going to see a specialist at Hopkins in April but I just don't know WHAT to eat before then since the doc suggested I cut fats back to 30% or less...
    Did you read the paleonu blog post I linked to. He talks about FH.

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  • Keithallenlaw
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    What is your daily carb intake??? AND what kind of carbs are part of that daily intake?
    Please don't self fulfill and seal your fate with the 'modern numbers' hysteria. How do
    you really feel apart from those 'modern numbers' coming from a 'modern doctor'?
    If you feel bad or not optimum, then yes, seek some worthy help that is well rehearsed
    in this diet. Not a modern doctor. Best wishes.

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  • Arcy
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    The increase happened while I was still nearly 100% grain free. Doc suspects that I may have familiar hypercholesterolemia (still waiting for test confirmation) in this case it seems that statins may be appropriate... I'm going to see a specialist at Hopkins in April but I just don't know WHAT to eat before then since the doc suggested I cut fats back to 30% or less...

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