High Cholesterol??? Help!!(5 Posts)
I have just had a call from the dr's surgery saying that I need to go and see the dr as the blood tests I had done on Friday are showing high cholesterol. Been doing low carb for 8 days now and eating so much more fat (butter, mayo, olive oil, cheese) than normal but no chocolate sugar etc. I have never had cholesterol issues before.
Now worried that a) the low carb/high fat diet is causing it
b) that actually, apart from today (due on), I have had no cravings and felt less bloated)
c) the dr will put me on medication and tell me to eat low fat, carbs.
Help, any ideas? Thanks
And this is the advice I found to help lower cholesterol...
THE BULK OF MOST MEALS should be starch-based foods (such as cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), plus fruit and vegetables.
NOT MUCH fatty food such as fatty meats, cheeses, full-cream milk, fried food, butter, etc. Use low-fat, mono-unsaturated or polyunsaturated spreads
Starch -based foods make me binge in any case.
Hi Pudding - I had my cholesterol tested about 6 months after starting lchf as a way of life. I got 6.5.
I said, gosh, I know 5 is supposed to be the upper limit - and he said, the total number is meaningless - it's the ratios between the 4 types of cholesterol measured that are important. Healthy chol is low tryglicerides and high HDL and that's what I've got. Also, I am breastfeeding and around 30% of breastmilk is cholesterol so readings tend to be higher if you are pg/breastfeeding.
Some docs are not knowledgable at all about chol and just want to dole out the statins. BUT I have done tons of research into high chol as my dp as chol of 9 - and found that there are no studies supporting statin use in women eg there is no evidence scientific or epidemiological to say that any women benefit from statins. Women have higher chol levels that men - we also have lower rate of strokes and heart disease. There are plenty of scientists and docs who do not go along with the cholesterol causes heart disease theory - it's still a theory by the way, unproven.
And the chol lowering diet advice really gets my goat - why? because since the 50s it has been a known fact the dietary cholesterol does not affect blood plasma chol levels to any significant degree. If you cut out all chol containing foods, your liver will go into overdrive to produce more chol (it's the liver that makes most of the stuff because almost every cell in your body needs cholesterol to function). If you eat loads of eggs and whatever else contains cholesterol, your liver will produce less.
Don't take my word for it, start researching - a good place to start is Malcolm McKendrick's blog and book - The Great Cholesterol Con. If the recent headlines linking statins to lower stroke rates have frightened you, check out the wonderful Zoe Harcombe's blog on that disgraceful piece of shoddy journalism - www.zoeharcombe.com/blog/
I've recently been told by a top cardiologist that the best 2 diets are Mediterranean and low carb - yes I was surprised too! There is clear evidence that low carb has better cardiovascular outcomes than low fat.
She doesn't promote any diets, sell books etc so I can't see why she'd be biased in any way.
Hope all goes well with the Dr
Thanks both of you so much for the advice. I have been doing some reading too on this. I can't get to the dr until next week due to work but will go armed with lots of info.
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