Since going Keto my cholesterol blood tests have been going up and up with each one.
it was 6.9 a year ago and is now 11.7.
LDL went from 6.4 to 9.5. sorry not sure how to convert to US measurements.
Trigliceride went from 1.7 down to 1.6.
Have been following Dave Feldman’s blog etc and if I was the only one who’s cholesterol went up with LCHF i’d be worried but it seems to happen to some people. I believe if you put the right chemicals in, the human body will function normally.
First doctor wanted me on Statins. So found a new doctor. I won’t name him but he is pro LCFH. I recently had another blood test (mostly out of curiosity from some fasting I’ve been doing this year). It went up again.
Having had done some reading I knew the LDL test does not show the size usually, so I also got an LDL Subfraction test done.
Honestly, I don’t think my doctor knew how to read the results. He told me I would not like the results and he suggested I considered statins. I suggested I would rather treat myself through diet (which I already consider myself doing through Keto and intermittent fasting).
So I took my LDL subfraction test results and did some research. Bloody hard to find anything useful, but eventually I worked out that LDL-1 is the largest, and LDL-7 is the smallest. My results showed the majority of my LDL are 1 and 2, the largest in size. a smaller percentage is 3 and 4 (with 4 being half that of 3). No 5, 6 or 7 detected.
Now if I have read the tests correctly, and assuming 1 is the largest (ie the large fluffy LDL caused by saturated fats, not carbs) then I’m bloody happy with the results.
Some other interesting research I uncovered, is that in Japan a study was done which showed that elderly with high LDL have lower rates of mortality. If your LDL is higher then you live longer. Also, high LDL helps keep a healthy brain. Of course, if you look hard enough you can find evidence to support whatever you want to believe, but it makes sense. Also these “normal ranges” which they have all over their blood test results, makes me wonder if those are “normal” for all the sick carb burners. Perhaps eating healthy fats and keeping carbs low is allowing my cholesterol to return to a healthy level. Perhaps my LDL is high now because it’s not being consumed fighting inflammation fires all through my body anymore.
So yeah, I’m only going to do blood tests once a year now (out of curiosity) as well as for collecting data for people in the future. Right or wrong, someone in the future can look at my blood tests and say oh look, he lived to 110. Or not. It feels right, and it makes sense.
Enough rambling, just wanted to share.
Keep calm and keto on. #ketobitches