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Old 01-07-2017, 02:23 PM   #1
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I cheated over the holidays, and in order to get my thyroid meds refilled had to get blood work done. My Dr. about flipped... my cholesterol total 430, HDL45, TRIGLYCERIDES ... drumroll please.... 646.
I go back in 3 months..... I am back on LCHF, (my blood work was normal when I was eating clean), can't wait to see if I can turn this around in 3 months!
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:23 AM   #2
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They are some really scary numbers. Hope you can turn it around with diet and exercise.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:16 AM   #3
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I cheated over the holidays, and in order to get my thyroid meds refilled had to get blood work done. My Dr. about flipped... my cholesterol total 430, HDL45, TRIGLYCERIDES ... drumroll please.... 646.
I go back in 3 months..... I am back on LCHF, (my blood work was normal when I was eating clean), can't wait to see if I can turn this around in 3 months!
Wow, thank you for sharing your info. Come back and let us know how your followup goes!
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:32 PM   #4
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Wow, thank you for sharing your info. Come back and let us know how your followup goes!
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Old 01-25-2017, 04:49 PM   #5
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I just got my lab work today cholesterol 400. I have been eating strictly LCHF with less than 30 carbs a day. My doc wants me on statins I am sure but I had a bad reaction to them in the past. Feeling sad and trying to think of my options. May have to give vegetarian a try but I am also diabetic and veggies spike my bgs. Grrr. Sorry just venting.
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:51 AM   #6
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Shunsweets, I am surprised that veggies spike your blood sugar. I have no issue with them. I have heard that LCHF improved labs for some, but not for others. Are you able to switch to lower fat meats, and only mono and poly fats rather than saturated to see if that would be effective? Do you exercise? Exercise can help, too. Maybe explain to your doctor the bad reaction you had to statins in the past and try a different one. I am on a statin with no bad side effects. It's an old one, not one of the newer ones that cause people so many problems. Just suggestions.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:16 AM   #7
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Thanks Carol. I do exercise. Race walk 5 miles every day. I am thin but struggle with keeping bgs in line. On metformin but trying not to add another diabetes drug. I used Pravachol the first time and it gave me severe side effects. Which statin do you take? I am going to try cutting back my fats and see if that helps.
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I am on Lovastatin, which is generic for Mevacor, made by Merck I believe. I have been taking it since 2008 or before.

I know of someone else who was maintaining and following low carb. Her LDL was high, and she ended up having a heart attack. I'm not trying to scare you, just wondering if there's a connection. LC usually lowers cholesterol, I thought, and also thought that triglycerides dropped quickly on low carb. I don't know what the answer is. I take the statin because I already have heart disease and I'm afraid not to take it.

Another alternative is to google for supplements that help lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

Good luck to you.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:15 AM   #9
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Thanks Carol. I see my doc in February so will see what he reccomends. My DH has taken Lipitor for years with no problems. I guess some just tolerate statins better than others.
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I first learned in the 90's from Atkins' book, and since from other sources that triglycerides are made from carbs and sugar. Eating low-carb can lower them, although over a period of time.

I don't know my cholesterol number and don't concern myself with it. I simply strive to eat LCHF, and keep at my weight loss efforts.

I have read that during weight loss those numbers can be out of your normal range because of fat leaving fat cells and entering the bloodstream to be used as fuel or excreted.

Do doctors know this?

As always, JMHO and YMMV.
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:56 AM   #11
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Yes, diet is very important, but there are genetic factors at play for many people, like myself, meaning eating LCHF will minimally affect your lipid profile. Having said that, I will say that eating LC should have a direct effect on your triglycerides as I've seen from personal experience. Good luck to us all!
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:23 PM   #12
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I first learned in the 90's from Atkins' book, and since from other sources that triglycerides are made from carbs and sugar. Eating low-carb can lower them, although over a period of time.

I don't know my cholesterol number and don't concern myself with it. I simply strive to eat LCHF, and keep at my weight loss efforts.

I have read that during weight loss those numbers can be out of your normal range because of fat leaving fat cells and entering the bloodstream to be used as fuel or excreted.

Do doctors know this?

As always, JMHO and YMMV.
This. I know my TRI numbers were always wonky in the beginning but 6 months in the were better and then a year better and then 18 months in, 96 lbs lost they were down to 46. I know it is why on Atkins they tell you to get them done when you start and then in 6 months.

I believe that for many diet is still the main factor in their health. Some need meds anyway. My dad is one of them with genetically yucky cholesterol levels even though he eats well and has been an athelete his whole life.
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