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  1. Hi!! I'm really new to the forum thing, so I hope I'm doing this right. I tried the Whole30 after Easter 2017 & didn't succeed. Summer activities were too tempting. I'm wanting to try again and just got some news that's making me even more motivated. I suffer from gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying - have dietary restrictions) and just found out I have high cholesterol and high glucose. I'm hoping if I stick to the Whole30, it will put me on the right path to lowering those levels and being in a healthy range again (along with exercise). Has anyone else suffered from any of this and had any positive results?? Thanks in advance!!
  2. High Cholesterol!!!

    It's been a while since I've been on the forum and I've been doing great, or so I though, with sticking to the whole30. For me, I am taking this as a lifestyle change, not just something I'm doing for 30 days, because I really think that this is the best way to eat. However, I had blood work done two weeks ago and found out that I have high cholesterol! I was shocked because I have eaten healthy my whole life, lots of lean meats and vegetables, small amounts of oatmeal and rice, but all whole foods, and I have been sticking to the whole30 guidlines for the most part for the last 4 months. This was the first time I've ever had my cholesterol tested, but now I'm worried that all of the fatty meats, eggs, and clarified butter I've been enjoying are negatively affceting my health. I have been eating all organic, grassfed/free range beef and chicken, no shell fish, occasional tuna, and whole free range eggs. I don't eat any bacon or sausage, even the "compliant" ones. There is no way for me to know if my cholesterol was high before switching to whole30, but I can't help but wonder if it has caused this. I am really worried because my level is so high that the doctor mentioned medication, but I'm only 20! I still want to stick to the whole 30, because it makes me feel better and all of the reading makes sense to me, but I am really worried about the cholesterol. I went ahead and switched to extra lean beef, chicken breast, more fish, and replaced some of my whole eggs with whites. I added in more avocados and a little almond butter to replace the fats. I know it is discouraged while on whole30, but I have been making green smoothies in the morning with loads of green vegetables and just a half of a small green banana so that I can squeeze in some extra veggies, since they are hard for me to eat in the morning. I am also adding psylium husks to my smoothies, which I know is also discouraged, but I've heard/read about it lowering cholesterol. Has anyone else experienced hightened cholesterol after starting whole30? Any advice on lowering cholesterol while sticking to whole30? I should add that my HDL cholestoral was on the higher side at least, but I am still very concerned about the total. I have exercised with weights since I was old enough to do so and I have always been very active and I do plenty of cardiovascular activity. I have always eaten very well, so this diagnoses is really shocking. Any help/advise is appreciated.
  3. Cholesterol Got Worse

    I am a 26-year-old 5'5" female. After completing the Whole30 and continuing for 6 months, I lost 20 pounds and I'm now 130lbs. BUT my cholesterol got worse. My main fat for breakfast is macadamia nuts, lunch it is cold EVOO, and dinner it is coconut oil/ghee. Should I consider swapping coconut oil for avocado oil for cooking? In September 2016, my Total Cholesterol was 244, LDL was 150, HDL 85, Triglycerides 46.Here are my updated numbers 4/11/17:Total Cholesterol: 253LDL-C: 164HDL-C: 68Triglycerides: 57Non-HDL-C: 185Apo B: 133LDL-P: 1671Small LDL-P: 538HDL-P: 36.8Lp(a)P: 207
  4. Hi...loving my whole30! Question about saturated fat: so, i understand the bad info we've received over the years about cholesterol and fat in food; however, what about saturated fat...when i talk to my family about this, i often get an earful about how bad fat (mostly saturated fat) is for all of us. Is this true? What about someone who has been told they have high cholesterol or a heart condition, or blocked arteries...should THEY avoid fat? I'm confused. thanks
  5. Hello! My name is Maria i did the whole 30 for 45 days and last week I decided to stop... Since pe my husband and I have gone through so many diets and restrictions, whole 30 was also killing us bec the pressure was to high and he would not take it anymore, he just wants to have a normal life now and so it became such a pressure for us that I decided it was about time and that we already had enough and had given enough time to the whole 30 and seen the results and the non results and it was enough. The major gains I felt where no more cravings or hunger, improved a lot my mood, feel me again! This was a huge one! I feel more balanced and centered and calm and less angry and less mood swings if at all, or maybe no mood swings. I no longer crave any kind of foods or feel desperate, so it was all huge emotional an behavioral changes... Although my weight went up a LOT and my clothes do not fit anymore. Ive been taking the "crap" out of my diet for a couple months after my last fitness competition (process that really harmed my body and mind) which might be the reason why I didn't get "all the benefits" that other people get. Anyways, the day I stoped, I first did a hormone test which I got the result today. Now im Freakin out and didn't know what to eat REALLY! Bec my exams have never ever ever (not even when I competed in fitness) been bad or out of range, and now, after the whole 30... My hormones and my LDL is SUPER high and I'm really disappointed and worried to be honest. Ive also read several things about coconut oil and fatty foods which where the main sources of fat I used in my whole 30, since nuts bloated me and I used them little... Ive read it's really harmful for cholesterol And I also used a lot of olives and ate a lot of red meat bec I don't like chicken and I'm allergic to egg... And where I live fish is not really tasty so I ate meat and salmon mostly, and sometimes duck. Anyways, please I'd really appreciate feed back on why am I getting this results and what to do about them and also; is coconut oil really good? Or does it increase LDL? Thank you in advance! I I attach the exams here for you guys also to see! In this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/tdhr8x2bra2g4ob/1609150063 Maria Viquez0001.pdf?dl=0
  6. My wife and I (age 38 and 42) have been doing Whole 30 about 11 months, since October 2015. We both feel better. My wife has lost a little weight and discovered a gluten intolerance. I have lost over 50 lb (down from 220+ lb to 170 lb) and my digestion is much better. Today, we got our most recent cholesterol numbers, which we were able to compare to yearly tests going back to 2004. The results were disappointing. Looking back 10 years, my wife's cholesterol has been in the range of trigylcerides=75-100, total cholesterol=190-200, HDL=65-75, LDL (calculated)=100-110, and chol/HDL ratio=2.6-2.8. As of August, her numbers are now triglycerides=98, total=394, HDL=95, LDL=279, and ratio=4.1 -- a huge change for the worse. Looking back 10 years, my cholesterol has normally been in the range of trigylcerides=100-180, total cholesterol=180-215, HDL=36-42, LDL (calculated)=120-140, and chol/HDL ratio=4.5-8.6. In February, after 4 months on Whole30, numbers were better: triglycerides=69, total=176, HDL=41, LDL=121, and ratio=4.3. I felt pretty good about this. However, in August, things changed for the worse: triglycerides=59, total=215, HDL=51, LDL=152, ratio=4.2. We are both surprised and disappointed. Although it is a lot of work to stay Whole30 compliant, we have both been motivated to continue based on how we feel. These numbers make us wonder whether the program is really worth it for us. By the standard recommendations, my wife's numbers are terrible. My numbers are borderline, but I don't understand why my numbers would have initially gotten better and then gotten worse again. Can anyone offer any advice on how to approach this? Thanks, k
  7. Hi all, I've completed 2 whole 30's in the last 5 months (my last whole 30 lasted closer to 60 days) and have been keeping relatively on track between whole 30's - except for a few conscious treats on holiday. Today I had a health assessment, and the overall result is that I'm very healthy (I imagine mostly thanks to the whole 30's I've been doing) and there are no concerns. However, one result was outside the normal range, and I would like to find out more about this. My triglycerides level was 3.6 mmol/L, and I'm told that less than or equal to 2 is normal. All my other bloods came back 'good' or 'excellent' including my cholesterol - you can see the full results below. I have the following questions and wonder if anyone can help me answer them: What contributes to a high triglyceride level (in complete isolation, as all my other results were normal)? There was a small section on this in 'It starts with food' but I'd like to find out more. How can I lower my triglyceride level? What have I been doing wrong to reach such a high triglyceride level? Should I be worried about this? (I am worried, even though I know that I probably shouldn't be). My full blood results are: HbA1C - 29 mmol/mol Haemoglobin - 141 g/L Total cholesterol - 4.67 mmol/L LDL cholesterol - 2.94 mmol/L HDL cholesterol - 1.3 mmol/L Total/HDL ratio - 3.6 Ratio Triglycerides - 3.6 mmol/L Thanks, in advance, for any help you can give. Haani10
  8. Welp...I've had a real hard time being okay with eating dinner for breakfast. I know it's good for you, and food is food...but it's a mental thing. I'm on day 8 and have been eating eggs (probably between 2-4) everyday for the last 8 days. Is this concerning? What about cholesterol? Any ideas on breakfast foods that wouldn't remind me too much of lunch or dinner? Heeelllpp!
  9. Hey everyone. I have just started my first Whole30 diet and my husband is really keen to do one. He is applying elements of it at the minute to get to terms with what it involves etc. This is my question though - what does Whole30 and type 1 diabetes look like? For example how slowly do you go initially? What do you do about hypos? How supportive were doctors? He was put on statins at a crazy young age (due to family history, not high cholesterol!) and wants to stop them also after years of use. Have others done this and how have you found that transition? We are in the UK/Ireland where Whole30 isn't known very well so will likely be perceived as hippies finding nonsense on the internet when we bring this idea to the consultant next month! Some personal experiences would be great to boost our confidence that this is possible! Thanks! Ashleigh
  10. Primarily I stick to the whole 30 eating plan with the exception of four days a month where I am at work (It's complicated... but I do my best) Anyhow...recently I went to go get some blood test done. I last had my cholesterol tested in 2008 and it all came back "fine". But as of this month... My "good" cholesterol is high. 80 my "bad" cholesterol is high. 254 my total cholesterol is high. 254 and my testosterone level was 0.13 (normally should range 4-50 mg). I run ultra marathons, work out at the gym, and i backpack for a living. I'm a single healthy childless 30 year old woman, I don't get it! I should be in my prime, right? What. The. Heck. I had a feeling my testosterone was off. ie. no sex drive unless I was asleep the week before my period (it peaks then between the hours of 4-8am) That was a big clue. the doctor knows I am on birth control (which I will be switching to another soon) They are suggesting I try a what they have described as "controversial" testosterone cream (5mg testosterone per 1ml per day) ff. Should I have told the endocrinologist about my diet? Does anyone else have this issue? I've done a little internet sleuthing and looked for foods that naturally help boost testosterone. I have added them to my diet (the whole 30 friendly ones anyways). Any suggestions or ideas?
  11. Whole60 Progress/Update

    I haven't been here in a long time, but I'm about to start another Whole30, so I'll post about my first one, which was in fact, a Whole60. Weight: I ended my Whole60 on March 19th. I lost 18.3 lbs. then, and I felt alot better. I had more energy and I didn't reintroduce everything. I started exercising and kepy on feeling good and I lost even more weight- another 5.8 lbs. (in July), putting me at my lowest weight since my 20's. Foods: Since then, I eventually added back some foods that add unwanted weight onto my body, and I slid down that sugar slope again. I didn't put sugar in my coffee or add any sugar to anything more than twice a month. I dropped fruit out entirely, save for some raisins in curry and some berries on occasion. I did end up having a treat at night, quite regularly, that contains sugar in it, and I've also been drinking more mixed drinks than I'd like to. I believe that these factors, along with reintroducing some grains (gluten-free, non-GMO, but still grains) have contributed to my recent weight gain -8.4 lbs. packed back on since July. Health: I recently had my cholesterol levels checked, and my bad cholesterol went up a bit from December. My triglycerides are steadily coming down, though, and my good cholesterol is up a bit. My bad to good ratio improved a bit as well. Blood sugar, liver, and kidneys all good. All blood cells good. New Goals: I don't want to be put on statins, and also, losing more weight will also help my bad cholesterol, so I'm going to do a Whole30 again; this time, I'm going to try to use only coconut oil, no bacon at all (even the sugar free kind), and to also incorporate more fish. I'll be coming here from time to time to see what others are doing that I might like to do as well. My husband will also be doing this with me, because, he hasn't gained weight at all, but he has had other ill health effects from going off-plan. He feels lethargic, has more aches and pains, and has been breaking out on his face and chest.
  12. Hi everyone. First, let me say that my husband and I have already completed our first whole30 [ a few months ago ] and are starting our second one on monday. We never ate terrible before discovering whole30. Since our first round, we have eaten a clean, paleo diet. we still follow the whole30 guidelines for food proportions and I feel like we eat balanced meals. We still watch our carb intake a bit because we'd both like to lose a few more pounds. My husband in particular is very active with running and crossfit 5-6 days a week. Both of our employers require a wellness program for discounts on health insurance. My bloodwork showed that my TOTAL cholesterol was a bit high, but I have read the current research on cholesterol and it did not concern me. My husband's bloodwork was a shock and I'm not sure whether I should be concerned or not. His total cholesterol level was normal [181], but his triglycerides were [261!] HDL was [49] and VLDL was high at [52]. I know you can't determine anything from one round of bloodwork, but he is feeling discouraged. I have read a lot of other posts and although many people say their total is high, most everyone sees a decrease in triglycerides. Any advice? I'm scared to send him to a doc, I really don't want them to talk him into a statin drug. Thanks!
  13. I started my first Whole30 on July 14. My scale was down 10 lb after successfully completing the Whole30. I was very pleased with that and after reintroduction of foods the number has slid back up a bit but not much. I didn't take measurements but I know there were good changes. My biggest victory has been my bloodwork. I had a dr appointment today and I'm still floored by the changes. In May, on my 39th birthday, I received a prescription for Crestor (cholesterol lowering drug). Here are the numbers justifying that: Cholesterol, Total 215 HDL 34 Triglycerides 206 LDL 140 Chol/HDL Ratio 6.3 Every one of those numbers is out of range. Today my blood work looked like this: Cholesterol, Total 114 HDL 31 Triglycerides 103 LDL 62 Chol/HDL Ratio 3.7 I've cried, happy tears, a lot today. Doing the Whole30 was tough as I was on vacation at my parents for the month and I traveled several times - lots of special occasions, eating out, etc. I feel totally vindicated for sticking to the plan and working so hard. I feel like I've finally established a positive feedback loop regarding my diet and health and I look forward to crafting plans for my future lifestyle. I'm so, so happy. I know that with some exercise I can get my HDL up to where I need it to be. And best of all, the doctor wants to cut back on the Crestor as my overall number is actually too low! I thank you all for sharing this journey. It's so much easier knowing there are others out there tackling the challenge. Best wishes for continued health and success for you all.
  14. It's been a while since I did whole 30, last January/February to be exact. Actually I did a Whole 60. Since that time I have been on and off the wagon of staying compliant to down right falling into the trenches. I have been traveling for work a lot since June and super huge stress levels to add to it..my routine exercise has also suffered and I am feeling/seeing the effects.. I am planning to jump back on the wagon full force and get myself feeling better again but I recently had my annual health screening and I wanted to see what people thought... I am curious, when eating Paleo should put much weight in the cholesterol "normal" ranges?? The nurse practitioner told me I need to eat less meat and more whole grains (yes, the medical community is still hanging onto that notion) According to the doctor, my numbers are good.. but are they?? I would like to hear what Paleo professionals think. Female- 37 165 lbs(about 20-30 lbs heavier than I should be) Fasting glucose 79 (should be below 85.. I personally would like to see this lower.. is that reasonable? Total Cholesterol 173 HDL- 56 (range is apparently 40-59) LDL 108 (this is the bad stuff and it's supposed be less than 100 but not greater than 129 before the MD starts talking about meds which I won't do) Triglycerides- 48- (should be less than 150) Cholesterol to HDL ratio is 3.0- this is within the low risk range of 2.2 to 5.0) Thanks for any feedback.
  15. Hi there, I just wanted to have a bit of a vent and hopefully get some advice at the same time! I am 28 and have had high cholesterol readings for the last 6 years. Total cholesterol hovering around the 6.4 mark (I'm in Australia and my research shows that we read cholesterol differently to the US??). In 2012 I really cracked down on what I was eating, and increased my exercise even more and a few months ago I started eating Paleo. I had my check up the other day and the results came back at 7.3! The biggest increase since I have been having it checked. I should add it is hereditary from my mothers family and so with that in mind, along with my age and my healthy lifestyle, my Doctor freaked out (and me in the process!) and I have been put on Statin drugs for 3 months at which point I have another blood test and we will re-evaluate. A few people have since told me to cut out coconut oil all together amongst other things. What I would love to know from you wise souls is if there is anything in the Whole30 (which is basically how I live everyday, with the odd Paleo muffin or similar, thrown in on a weekend) that I should avoid to help decrease this genetic cholesterol issue! Many thanks in advance!!
  16. I have been eating Paleo now since April of 2012 when I did my first Whole 30. After finishing the Whole 30 I now eat Paleo about 80% of the time. When I don't it is typically a piece of bread or beer (3-4 per week). I eat VERY little sugar on a weekly basis, often near zero, no legumes, grains or dairy. I had blood work done right before starting my first Whole 30 and again within the past week. In that time my LDL and HDL have jumped pretty significantly. The fact that both jumped seemed odd to my Dr and I am going back in tomorrow so he can run a different cholesterol test. I am Male, 40 years old, 6' 170lbs and workout (crossfit) 2-4 times per week. Here are my lab results pre and post paleo Test Feb/12 Nov/13 Cholesterol 169 234 HDL 48 81 Total LDL 103 138 Triglycerides 89 75 Glucose 90 99 My question is: should I be concerned about the increase in the LDL? Does the increase in HDL counterbalance the LDL? If there is reason for concern with this increase what should I look into doing to the my LDL back in line? I would like to be educated on the topic a little more when I talk with my Doctor. I think he is a little skeptical of Paleo. I and not a biology or scientific guy, I have read It Starts with Food and grasp the large concepts but not the gory details. Thanks for the help!!
  17. I completed my whole30 during the month of August. I extended my re-introduction period because I wanted to be free of any symptoms before re-introducing a new food group. I have only deviated from Whole30 for the purposes of reintroducing certain groups back. Yesterday I went in for a routine check up and today I was called back with the news that my cholesterol is high. I'm in shock! I started this journey just to see if my skin would clear up. I have been dealing some unexplained skin rashes. Test Results 2012 2013 Hdl Cholesterol 61 59 Ldl Cholesterol 96 151 Total Cholesterol 170 225 Triglycerides 67 77 I'm so disappointed. My good cholesterol went down, bad cholesterol went up. I don't understand. What could have caused a 55 mg increase in my LDL and 10 mg increase in triglycerides? During the last few days of whole30 I felt more energy, less muscle soreness, I dropped some weight, my skin improved. I thought my doctor's visit was going to return awesome health statistics. I have noticed that since I started my re-introduction period I'm reacting to certain foods. All of a sudden I'm having allergic reactions to nuts. Which I had with no problem during Whole30. Could just be coincidence. Just the other night I began to feel my throat swelling after having a chicken stir fry that I cooked myself. Just chicken, bell peppers, shredded carrots, onion, garlic, and a hot pepper cooked in olive oil. I'm baffled! Has anyone else had a similar experience? Did it eventually go away? I've never had any allergic reactions to any food. I'm still waiting on the results of my nut allergy tests. My doctors recommendation was to add a fish oil supplement. I'm due for a follow up in three months. I was told that if my numbers don't improve the next step would be medication. The last thing I want is to be on cholesterol medication. I'm only 27! I'm 5'2'' and weigh 116.5 lbs. Worst of all, these unexpected health consequences has me craving cookies!! I had gotten to the point where I no longer craved a sugary snack on day 31. I'm afraid I'm on the verge of going completely off track and binge eating baked goods. My brain is telling me "your health numbers were better before anyways." I'm now certain I have a sugar problem that is much more worse than I had previously thought.
  18. This concern is not so much Whole30 related as it is Paleo related. I am just on day 4 of Whole30 and feeling great! I have been eating paleo 98% of the time for about a year now. I exercise/workout almost daily and I don't have an excessive amount of weight to lose. My cholesterol has always been around 215. Since I have been eating Paleo, it has jumped to 286! (I just had blood work done a week ago) My HDL is good, my triglycerides are good but the LDL is not. This really worries me as I feel better than I ever have, my weight is stable (no more yo-yoing) and I'm looking forward to the other benefits from the Whole30. I haven't talked to the Dr. yet about the results but I'm so afraid he is going to try to make me eat differently and/or take meds. Am I doing something wrong? This forum is such a great resource. I really appreciated all of the support that I get from here! Thanks!
  19. Had an exam for a life insurance renewal and just got back the results and I'm a little concerned. I've boned up on most everything in the Forum about cholesterol, but I'm still not sure what the bottom line is. So my total cholesterol came back: 252 HDL: 72 LDL: 156 Triglycerides: 116 Cholesterol ratio: 3.5 That latter number is somewhat encouraging, according to what I'm reading, but I'm concerned about the LDL in particular although this test was not LDL particle specific. I did my W30 back in January and since have been about 80% compliant on average, although the sugar dragon is venturing out of cave more and more. Still no grains, some dairy, g/f beef, can't find anything like g/f or sustainable pork, organic chicken and eggs. I lost almost 20 lbs. thanks to W30, down to about 10-15 over my ultimate goal. My blood pressure is excellent. I exercise frequently and can pretty much climb out of bed, onto my bike and ride 60-100 miles with no problem. The only logical cause might be the ambient stress that comes from being self-employed in a creative field in a depressed economy. My wife and I have had our own design business for 12 years but everyone in our field has taken a massive hit over the past year or so. I have read that stress has been linked to high LDL (fascinating studies done with college students whose levels actually can rise 30% before finals). Ironic that now that I'm worrying about my high LDL my LDL is probably going up. Crap. Anyway...I DO NOT want to go on statins for many reasons not the least of which is the expense and my lousy, private, struck-by-a-meteor health insurance plan. Oh yeah...had my gall bladder out in 2009 (but have no problems digesting fat or anything). And there is a history of atherosclerosis in one side of the family. So my question is probably obvious...should I worry? Nevermind...I'm already worried. Maybe it oughta be is there some science out there (that isn't sponsored by drug companies) that I can rely on to put these numbers in perspective? Thanks in advance guys.
  20. I started whole 30 in early Jan 2013 and have remained 99% compliant since then (occassional homemade cake and icecream being the 1%!). I started doing regular exercise with weights and light cardio in April, then realised I could do more so started Insanity training in May (something I never thought remotely possible!). I feel like a different person since discovering the Whole30 I've lost over 20 kgs so far and am really happy with the way its going. However, I've just had my cholesterol levels checked (for the first time in 10 yrs - last time total cholesterol was 4.1) and my LDL levels are really high. My results were LDL 5.2 mmol/l HDL 1.54 mmol/l Triglycerides 0.6 mmol/L Total cholesterol 7 This was a 12 hours fasting blood test (sent away to the labs rather than an instant test) My Dr recommended I change my diet to cut out red meat, increase the amount of corn, rape seed or olive oil and choose low fat varieties of food. One of the reasons for me going whole 30 was to improve chronically high inflammation markers in my blood tests so I explained to him why I wouldnt be following his advice. We (more me than him) agreed I would stick to my plan and get re-tested in 6 months time. Does anyone know if I should I be worried about my results? Is there anything I could be doing and stay Whole30 friendly? I've seen Marks Daily apple blog about how loosing weight can increase LDL - has anyone else experienced something similar? Did it stabilise and if so how long did it take?
  21. I have V. high cholesterol and do not want to take statins. i was 4 times normal range and chock full of bad cholesterol on my last test about 6 weeks ago. I am on day 20 and eat eggs daily. I am 44 yrs old.
  22. My Blood Work

    At about 15 days into my first W30, i decided i wanted to get some blood work done. My numbers are below. I was a bit surprised at me elevated total cholesterol levels. Prior to this W30, i'd say that my compliance levels with paleo were about 60-40. I'm hoping that after about another month when i retake this test, my numbers will be less alarming. Cholesterol: 241 Triglycerides: 45 HDL: 70 LDL Calculated: 162 HDL% Calc.: 29 VLDL: 9 LDL Direct: 152 HGB A1C: 5.4 GLU Fast: 79 C Reactive Protein: <0.5 Thoughts anyone? Thanks.
  23. Just had some blood work done and these were my Lipid results, fasted: Total Cholesterol: 223 Triglycerides: 51 HDL: 101 VLDL, calculated: 10 LDL, calculated: 112 I had a brief case of hypothyroidism that somehow went away after a few months of medication. My doctor still monitors it on a regular basis. TSH is 1.520. Anyone mind interpreting these results? Doctor isn't concerned with the higher cholesterol levels because of high HDL. LDL also seems high though.
  24. Cholesterol

    I finished my first Whole30 a couple weeks ago, prior to that I was eating Primally with a dessert or glass of wine on occasion. I went for my annual physical and lab work was ordered. I was actually looking forward to the results, but instead I am totally freaked out. FBS - 87 Total Cholesterol - 413 TRIG - 60 HDL - 99 VLDL - 12 LDL - 302 Last time I had the values checked, about 3 years ago, they were normal, HDL was about 60, TRIG 40, LDL 101 and TC about 160 (estimated from what I remember). I have to get these rechecked next week. I'm also going to request TSH, LDL particle size testing, and Vitamin D. My parents have been taking statins for as long as I remember, but they eat standard American diet. Any advice? Should I continue with the Paleo diet?
  25. Raising HDL

    Any suggestions for foods to help raise HDL? I know eggs, avocado, and I have heard cocoa has the effect also. Other ideas? Husband is Type-2 diabetic. His doctor insists he needs to keep his cholesterol down, so prescribes Lipitor. Lipitor destroys his HDL, so doctor prescribes Niaspan. Niaspan RAISES HIS BLOOD SUGAR, so doctor prescribes Metformin. And now he wants to increase the dosage of the Niaspan, right when my husband's blood sugar has elevated past a controlled level. Ugh. ENOUGH of this! I want the meds gone, starting with the Niaspan. So again, any suggestions for raising HDL through good dietary choices? Thanks so much!