As I posted in another thread, there is a wide range of body chemistry.
For a large number of person the cholesterol in the body does not come from digested fats. Rather excess carbs are converted in the body to fats for storage.
For example I eat lots of animal protein, low fat diary, along with nuts (fats) and added olive oil - along with my fruits and veggies. But no grains other than breakfast oatmeal. So my carbs are on the low end, but not extremely low.
And on only 20 mg. Lipitor my TC was 113, LDL 47, HDL 59, trig 35.
What is "dangerous" is the commercial "low fat" products that have replaced fats with sugars.
To both you and jonigaudiello you might want to get a advanced advanced lipid test such as NMR or VAP. These look at things like the number of cholesterol particles and/or the size of the particles. These is some indication that they more accurate in indicating heart risk than the standard lipid profile.
These test are only available from a specific labs, but they are available through Quest, LabCorp, and probably others. Or the doctor can send the sample directly to the specific labs.
They can also do some other test such as insulin resistance, some generic factors, & other factors that indicate an increased hearth health risk.
A very simple & quick background on cholesterol. Cholesterol & triglycerides are fats and and the blood is water based. Thus for cholesterol to be in the blood (serum cholesterol) the cholesterol is wrapped in a carrier of lippoproteins. The different types of cholesterol have different types of lippoproteins. And the amount of cholesterol in each particle and the number of particles can very widely for the same amount of cholesterol. The common cholesterol test reports the total cholesterol in a given type of particles, but not the size or number of particles.
Elevated triglyceride levels are usually associated high carb levels, even good ones if you body chemistry is wrong.
Exercise helps lower it. As does Omega 3's. In fact there is a prescription version of Omega'3 that is prescribed for people with very high trig. But if you are not doing it you might try 1-2 grams. Note that you need to look at the total EPA & DHA list on the back. Not the amount of "fish oil" shown on the front of the bottle.
Also there are doctors and hospital clinics that specialize in Cardiac Prevention.
There is a wide range of body chemistry's. Some people can control cholesterol is a Paleo diet, no grains or diary, high in fats, and no carbs except from fruits and veggies. And some even cut out the fruits.
The other is the opposite. Ultra low fat. No meat including poultry and fish. No added oils or fats.
Both of those are not easy in the extreme. But a diet such as MD or EC, watching portion size (weight) and getting exercise, sleep, no smoking most people without heart disease can control their cholesterol.View Thread
But low levels of vit D have been related to muscle soreness. And I know of several doctors that will test and treat for low vit D before prescribing statins and they claim that they have very few patients that have problems tolerating the statins.View Thread
After all that no fats and very limited cholesterol amounts
Actually, for most people, the effect of dietary cholesterol on the cholesterol blood levels is very limited. The body generates cholesterol and regulates the amount needed.
However, there are a few person that are supper absorbers and are sensitive to the amount of dietary cholesterol.
Also you need GOOD fats, mono and poly saturated fats.
In too many diets fats have been reduced too much and the level of carbs are too high. This is particularly true of commercial "low fat" products. The bad , LDL was super high and my HDL was very very low.
You may have a metabolic syndrome. You might want to see a doctor that specializes in cholesterol management.
The story on saturated fats is very confusing. There are a number of different types of saturated fats. Some claim that saturated fat from grass feed beef, wild animals, and coconuts are good for you. And that from grain feed beef & dairy is bad for you.
I am not convinced one way or the other one this. So I eat lean cuts of beef, but mostly chicken & fish and low fat/no fat milk and yogurt. But I use real butter and not margarine. But I use less and a tablespoon a week. Likewise I eat regular cheese, although some is naturally lower fat. But I mostly eat stronger/sharper cheeses and it take very little to spice up a dish.
While I don't count the amount of saturated fats that I eat it is a moderate amount. But I get lots of healthy fats from olive & canola oils, nuts, & fish.
But everyone agrees that hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are bad for cholesterol. And LOTS of package foods have these.
The are some ultra low fat diets that some people do good on and reduce their cholesterol. And some high fat ultra low carbs diets that some people do good on.
But most people have problems with such restrictive diets.
Surprisingly high levels of carbohydrates can increase blood cholesterol levels. This is particularly true for refined carbs. Anything with sugar, white flour, or white rice.
Personally I have a limited carbs, but not supper low carbs. My only concentrated source is oatmeal & OJ. But even at that oatmeal has lots of fiber which helps control cholesterol levels.
But I eat lots of fruits and get some carbs from them. For example dinner was grilled red, yellow, & green peppers, onions, mushrooms, & fresh pineapple. Along with some frozen grapes for desert.
And lots of different veggies. So mine diet is similar to a MD. And since I have very very few prepared foods, other than stables such as greek yogurt, it is probably also Eat Clean.View Thread