Oct 12

Blood Pool – Reader Contributed Test Results

Note from Dave–

I’m so happy this work by Craig is finally going up on the site. There was an extraordinary amount of work put into this post, not just in the writing and visuals, but in the meticulous effort he has put forth in mining all the data throughout the site. Extra thanks to Matt’s amazing contribution as well in processing and developing the data set.


Readers of this blog often share the results of their test results in comments, tweets, and emails. I’ve been collecting and labeling these into a dataset.  This article presents a summary of the nearly 200 data points extracted from the comments through October 1st.

Special thanks to Matt Allington who put together the interactive visualizations for this post.  Matt is a Power BI reporting professional (and LCHF advocate) at http://exceleratorbi.com.au.

Lipid Scores

Looking through the comment history, I found the most consistently reported metrics were those from a basic lipid panel:

  • Total Cholesterol (TC),
  • Triglycerides (TG),
  • High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-C)
  • Low-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C)

What’s great about this quartet is you can use the Friedwald equation to verify their consistency or to interpolate the missing fourth score, if not provided.

Units are also easy to detect and convert.  The most commonly used units are mg/dL in America and mmol/L in Europe.  I made a heuristic to guess the units based on their range, and converted everything to mg/dL for display purposes.

Other test results were much less common. These included particle counts (HDL-p, LDL-p), glucose, HbA1C. See my previous post for recommendations on the best tests to get.

The Data


I recommend reading any study or presentation of health data with a grain of salt. In this case, take two:

1. Bias – These data were self-reported, not scientifically sampled. I would suspect that most readers found this site after switching their diet to LCHF, and probably after getting a high cholesterol score.

2. Accuracy – This data is not independently verified. In very few cases have I actually seen the corresponding Labcorp/Quest report. Contributors may also have misremembered or made a typographic error when submitting their comment.


Here’s are the results:



































Commenters on CholesterolCode.com reported an increase of 95 mg/dL LDL-C on LCHF compared to a standard diet. This makes intuitive sense, since the primary job of the lipid system is to deliver TG energy, and LCHF uses more energy from fat, so you’d expect more “boats” in the blood.

However, due to increased HDL and decreased TG, their reported TG/HDL ratio decreased by 0.8. Although most doctors will panic about 100 points of LDL-C, TG/HDL is a much better metric. So just judging from this data, on average LCHF dieters are at lower risk of CVD than standard dieters.

HDL versus LDL

Here’s the scatterplot of LDL and HDL, interactive link here.

In this chart you can clearly see the increased LDL for LCHF (black dots) compared to Standard (red dots). The gain in HDL is visible too, but less obvious. Although there are only 3 data points, Zerocarb (yellow dots) stands out for having among the highest LDL.

HDL versus TG

Here’s the scatterplot of HDL and TG, interactive link here.

In this chart, you see the LMHR cluster (LCHF in black) in the <100 TG, >100 HDL zone. I’d be most concerned about the health of the cluster of in the 200 TG, <50 HDL zone (mostly Standard diet in red).

How to Contribute

Want to have your data included in the next version of this post? Glad to have you onboard, citizen scientist!

The easiest way is to post a comment to this blog (on this or any article).  In the content, include the 4 numbers of TC, TG, HDL, and LDL keeping the same units. Also, include whatever context is relevant, but be sure to include your diet.  Here’s a sample:

I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet for the past 12 months.  Here are the results from my most recent labs from September 2017.

TC 350

TG 100

HDL 80

LDL 250

If you also happen to have results from your previous diet, we’re excited to see the change. Just include the old numbers and context in a second block, similar to the first.

The Nitty Gritty


I used the context of the comment thread to try to assign labels to each data point. I wanted to know the the diet, lifestyle, exercise, date, and any other commonly-reported factors that might influence the results.

The primary label I consistently applied is the diet.  Here, I assigned to one of 4 mutually exclusive categories.

Standard – Broad category of diets that follow the food pyramid’s advice to emphasize “fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy”. Typically <30% of calories from fat.

LCHF – Broad category of diets that limit carbs and embrace fat. Typically >50% of calories from fat.

Zerocarb – All-animal product carnivorous diet.

Fasting – Any fast of 3 or more days leading up to the test.


I noted other labels, but their reporting was more ad hoc:

Duration – When available, I added a duration as a qualifier to their primary diet.

Exercise – Anything from endurance, strength, high-intensity intervals, to vigorous walking.

IF – Intermittent fasting. Any form of time-restricted eating including 16:8, one-meal-a-day, alternate day, etc.

Test <X> – To distinguish multiple tests in a simple post.  Typically X will be a year.

Losing Weight – If the contributor reported a period of weight loss during this test.

Lowcal – The contributor reported lower-than-usual eating leading up to the test, as per the Feldman protocol.

Highcal – The contributor reported higher-than-usual eating leading up to the test, as per the Feldman protocol.

Non-fasted – If there was any reported eating in the 12-hour window before the test. These points are excluded from calculations.

Duplicate – If the contributor posted the same test result in multiple comments. These points are excluded from calculations.


I downloaded the raw comment database and wrote a script to process the data.  The script worked over a csv data file with the lipid scores, lifestyle tags, and thread context.  It generated an updated version of the data file with standardized units and an html page with the scores highlighted.  It could also generate rows for candidate comments that looked like they might have a data point. In the end, I still had to type numbers into a sheet, but I had some nice tools to validate my work.

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Bill W

I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet for 48 months. My most recent labs:
TC 259
TG 80
HDL 64
LDL 179


Happy to share regular multi year data pre and post 12 mo LCHF . Please advise email address for data .


I can do multi year too – for me it shows the progression to diabetes and recovery back to normal

I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet (60%) for the past 12 months. since diagnosis.  Here are the results from my most recent labs from AUG 2017. WAS on standard ( actually low fat ) since forever before that . Hba1c 90=> 42 in same period 30kg down.

TC 166 216

TG 71 238

HDL 61 40

LDL 212 297


Here are my most recent lab results (taken in August 2017) after approximately 3.5 months of LCHF (or more specifically macros from the ketogains calculator). During that 3.5 months of LCHF I lost 18 pounds body weight. 49 y.o. male, 6′ tall, 185 lbs

TC – 411
TG – 74
HDL – 72
LDL – 324

other #s
hs-CRP – .6
HbA1c – 5.1

In mid-august I switched to ZC, and will be getting bloodworm done in November to see what (if any) change occurs in those numbers. I’d be happy to add those when I get them done.

Numbers 2 years ago Total cholesterol 197 Triglycerides 72 HDL 61 LDL 122 VLDL 14 Number from last week after 2.5 months on keto Total cholesterol 250 Triglycerides 54 HDL 68 LDL 171 VLDL 11 Hyper responder range? Not sure, but seems I’m trebding that way. Started keto for the long term health benefits. Right now really lean ~10% BF started out ~18% BF. Work out every other day with weights and work an active job ~12 hours a day. Also doing IF 16/8 since I’m just not hungry since starting keto. I eat 2x a day. Trying to gain… Read more »
Hi Alex Looks like you’re similar to me. I’m 6% body fat and exercise a lot, getting enough animal protein is key (fat will naturally increase too). This is what I’d do… You don’t give your weight/age but consider taking your protein up to about 140g if you’re around 70kgs. 115g looks too low to maintain solid muscle. Also make sure you get 40-50g protein per meal – could try going back to 3 meals per day. Add more meat, fish, cheese and eggs… and less veg. Just get your protein level right. More protein on non-exercise days too, interestingly… Read more »

Age 42. I’m 6-2 and 145 lol. All muscle, probably below 10% bf.
Yea I’ve upped the protein the last 2-3 weeks. Up around the 140g range. Thinking I’ll have to keep upping calories until I hit my range to gain weight. Hopefully I’m not one of those that needs 4-5000 cals to gain. Back in college I lifted also and played and needed 3600 to gain. Was hoping with the 20 years m metabolism wound oh slowed a bit but not looking like it. Not looking forward to 2000 cals a meal.


Been on Primal/Paleo 2010-2013.
After that ZERO processed food, Moderate Carb/Moderate protein/Moderate Fat (mostly saturated). Don’t really count anymore.
Age 60 years – Activity level :- 1 Hour of walk everyday, otherwise sedentary.

Latest Bloodwork:

TC – 201
TG – 85
HDL – 47
LDL – 142

Doctor is pushing Statins as LDL and TC “Beyond Range”

I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet for about 7 years. Here are the results from my most recent labs from August 2017 I’m 63 years old and I exercise at low impact 2-3 days a week. TC 407 mg/dL TG 103 mg/dL HDL 51 mg/dL LDL 335 mg/dL The following is my full lab report. Ted Naiman is my doctor. It didn’t format well, sorry. Date Result Name Ind Value Ref Range 08/19/2017 10:40 White Blood Cell Count 4.4 x10(9)/L (3.5 – 11.0) 08/19/2017 10:40 Red Blood Cell Count 4.59 x10(12)/L (4.27 – 5.57) 08/19/2017 10:40 Hemoglobin 13.5 g/dL… Read more »

Thanks Craig,

The hsCRP is 1.8 in the same report – CAC was not examined.

However, I have a few markers that are off:

Ferritin – 168
Red blood cell count – 5.99
Hematocrit – 51.7
Estradiol – 43

My guess is that these are pointing to excess iron. I went to donate blood, but they wouldn’t take it as I had a recent trip to South Asia – Apparently one has to wait 2 years after a trip to that region before they consider your blood safe from undetectable parasites. Any advise on any other strategy to reduce iron.

Dianne Thomason

Sam – I believe your doctor can write an order to have have blood drawn. Your blood would not then be used for donations.


I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF) for the past 18 months. 12 months ketegenic (<50g carbs), 6 months low carb (<100g carbs) Here are the results from my most recent lab test from July 2017.
TC 289
TG 58
HDL 66
LDL 215

Baseline while following a Standard diet (July 2014)
TC 235
TG 131
HDL 65
LDL 143


I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet for the past 6 months. Here are the results from my most recent labs from October 2017.

TC 8.6

TG 0.6

HDL 2.1

LDL 6.1

BMI 19. Run 1 mile 1/wk, sometimes 3 miles. Yoga 1/week. Walk kids to local school daily and back. HbA1c 5.3.


Standard junk food diet, July 1988:
Total Chol: 191
Trigs: 151
No other lipid details, unfortunately.

LCHF June 2016, Labcorp:
Total Chol: 296
Trigs: 63
LDL (Calc): 216
HDL: 67

Zerocarb + Intermittent Fasting, Feb 2017, Labcorp:
Total Chol: 314
Trigs: 81
LDL (direct): 239
HDL: 59
LDL-P: 3389
HDL-P: 25.7
Small LDL-P: 1457


So, the high LDL-P isn’t a CVD risk given the low Trig, High HDL? My numbers are similar while off statin, and lipidologist wants me back on a statin + ezetimibe.

I have been low carb for a couple of years and fasting daily (14 – 20 hrs) for about 11 months. During the 4/20/17 blood draw, I ate 2x/d on workout days, at once a day on non workout days, ate 10-12 egg yolks daily (choline), I lifted weights 5x/wk and I was limiting my protein to 50-60g/d. Today I still eat 2x/day, eat about 100g/d of protein, 4 whole eggs daily and workout 6x/wk. I am 146lbs and recently started leisurely walking for cardio. Lab results below: 1/23/17 Results Total Cholesterol = 296(mg/dL) Triglycerides = 38(mg/dL) HDL Cholesterol =… Read more »
Bill G

I have been LCHF since 3/2014. I had “normal” lipid values before the swich (was high carb previously).

My numbers have looked pretty much like your last lab results ever since. The only thing to note is after ~3.5 years of this, I have developed xanthelasmas under my eyes. Be observant of any changes like this as I don’t know/understand what this could mean.

Brian Wiley

TC 260
TG 76
HDL 60
LDL 192


Here are my results. I started low carb on January 2, 2014. I’m currently eating near zero carb. For instance, yesterday I ate basically all meat and some olives. However, I still eat some vegetables. Date TC LDL HDL TGs TG/HDL 06/25/14 175 119 37 113 3.05 06/02/15 202 129 49 120 2.45 09/18/15 224 152 40 158 3.95 02/29/16 168 103 52 65 1.25 03/04/16 188 121 36 157 4.36 10/31/16 195 112 54 147 2.72 11/14/16 163 96 55 58 1.05 These were all 12+ hours fasting, except that the 9/18/15 and 3/4/16 were after 4.5 days fasting.… Read more »
Jon Wright

Date Total g/l HDL g/l LDL g/l Trig g/l
10/24/2007 2.49 0.39 1.83 1.37 Paying no attention to diet, lots of junk food, ~89kg
02/18/2011 2.34 0.47 1.69 0.92 Efforts to eat less/better + exercise, ~83 kg
06/20/2015 2.11 0.46 1.46 0.96 Efforts to eat less/better + exercise, ~86 kg
09/20/2017 2.68 0.68 1.84 0.81 LCHF for about 14 months, little or no exercise, ~75kg

The doctor expressed concern about the increased total and LDL values from the last one but didn’t suggest any intervention.

Dave, really enjoyed watching your video from Low Carb Down Under. Here are my results. I started moving away from sugar, low-fat, and high-omega-6 oils after the August 2008 reading. After many baby steps, I was mostly primal/LCHF by 2012 and have been since. Have been cycling 3-5x per week 30 mins 80% of the rides — other rides range from 1-5 hours — plus 1 hour/week with personal trainer workout. No IF or fasting (yet?). Lost 20 pounds from August 2008 over 12 months. The LDL below is calculated — if I had Direct LDL, I mention in Notes.… Read more »
Hi. Just discovered you through a podcast – so interesting! So I’ve got a life insurance medical exam coming up and want to reduce my total cholesterol. According to my tests last year my doc said I should consider a statin (I never followed up on this and do not take any medication) Last year my #s were: total (237), hdl (69) triglycerides (53). I’m 38 yo female, not overweight. I don’t eat exclusively LCHF, though I lean that direction for sure. I’m probably closest to paleo more than anything else though i do eat occasional GF grains & raw… Read more »
Monique Lloyd
My lipid numbers in 2011 when I was eating lowish (50-100) net carbs: TC 169 LDL 87 HDL 63 Trig 97 In 2017 after eating keto for a year: TC 166 LDL 41 HDL 117 Trig 39 And the above numbers are correct. I did not mix up LDL and HDL. And I don’t drink alcohol so that’s not the reason for the high HDL. I don’t know why they are at these levels but my doctor says I’m pretty much heart attack proof. I am a 67 year old female. I’ve lost over 100 pounds in the past two… Read more »
Ann Gardner

Please advise. I need to get another blood test soon. My last one was high and Dr wants to put me on statins which I resist. I am 5’6, 8st 11, 74 years old, fit and in good health. My cholesterol has always been high ish but has jumped from 7 to 9.5 on LCHF diet.
You suggest eating high fat for 3 days prior to blood test. But should this be a fasting blood test? When should the last food be consumed before the test?
Thank you


My numbers on LCHF (in mmol/l):

HDL 1.49

LDL 3.81

TG 1.51

TC 5.1

Tookie Gill
2011 2013 2014 2016 – 1 mth lchf 2017 – 1 year lchf/keto Total C 7.5 7.8 8.4 14 10 Trig 2.4 2.9 4.8 2.3 1.2 HDL 1.7 1.6 1.9 1.9 LDL 4.7 4.9 10.8. 7.5 VLDL 1.1 1.3   Non HDL 11.9. 8.1 Trig/HDL 1.41. 1.81   1.21 0.63 These are my profiles going back to 2011 and as you can see I have always had high C which gets me into trouble with my doctors every year. I have been on statins off and on, mostly off, but none the past 2 years or so. When we began… Read more »

Been eating LCHF and recently ZC for past 13 months. Age 58, male
During this time I’ve lost 170 pounds, used intermittent fasting, and also endurance running.

Lipid results (mg/dl) from this week
Total C 308
HDL 59
TRI 112
LDL 224

Here’s my lab results. I’m on what some of you might call a “zero-carb” diet. I eat meat and vegetables (mainly salad of chard, carrots, cucumber and celery). The carrots and cucumber are pretty sweet. I also eat about a pound of bacon a day and it has brown sugar in it. I’m pretty sure I’m not in ketosis but don’t know. I’d like to add more fat and trim the protein but find it difficult. Sept 19, 2017 in mmol/L TC 17.11 TG 0.72 HDL 2.23 LDL 14.55 October 12, 2017 in mmol/L TC 15.13 TG 0.94 HDL 2.01… Read more »
Hi there, I messaged Dave on twitter and he said he’d look at my results somewhere on his blog so I think this is where I need to post. I’m currently doing Dr Shawn Baker nequalsmany carnivore study and got bloods done the day before I started, 14 August 2017. Up until then I had been doing LCHF since November 2014. I’m in Australia so my blood work results come in mmol/L units. I understand I’m obviously a hyper-responder but any insights would be highly valued and I’m happy to offer myself up as a test guinea pig should it… Read more »

I’ve been eating LCHF for about 18 months. Here are my most recent lab results, taken September 2017.
TC. 213
TG. 69
HDL. 59
LDL. 140

Patrick Slaughter
Has anyone tracked their bloodwork from day one of keto? It seems like most people check it 6-8 months after starting and their TRIGS have decreased. I have been doing intermittent keto, 5 days keto & 2 off, for 9 months and am in great shape doing this (6’3” 180lb, 15% BF). I just started an extended strict keto test to see how my Lipid Panel would change. My TRIGs have been steadily increasing in weeks 1-3 so far (150 > 225 > 300). Has anyone else seen this? Is this just a keto adaption period where my body is… Read more »

LCHF past 4 months:

TC 6.6 (255 mg/dl)
TG 0.9 (80 mg/dl)
HDL 1.7 (66 (mg/dl)
LDL 4.5 (174 mg/dl)

mCRP 0.4



LCHF over a year. Prone to sugar binges. Lost 40 pounds in 15 months. Numbers are pre-LCHF (12/14), soon after starting LCHF (6/2016), to now (10/17).

TC 174–>203—>173
TG 417—>260—>236
HDL 33—>38—>34
LDL (not readable due to high triglycerides)—>113—>92

Simon Hunter

LCHF, Primal 3 years

TEST 2015_1
TC 231
TG 81
HDL 83
LDL 132

TEST 2015_2
TC 265
TG 110
HDL 68
LDL 175

TEST 2016_1
TC 229
TG 72
HDL 62
LDL 153

TEST 2016_2
TC 269
TG 57
HDL 86
LDL 172

TEST 2017_1
TC 251
TG 54
HDL 80
LDL 160

TEST 2017_2
TC 244
TG 65
HDL 88
LDL 140

Hi, here’s MOAR DATA! 🙂 My LCHF and weight loss (+ exercising!) journey. Constants: Male, Height: 183cm IF: I skip breakfast and hence “fast” 13-15hrs on most days. Some 24-36hrs fasts here and there but not consistently. Date: 2016-07-30 Age:33, Weight: 144kg 1 month into LCHF No exercising Total Cholesterol: 3.11mmol/L (1.20g/L) HDL: 0.93mmol/L (0.36g/L) LDL: 1.58mmol/L (0.61g/L) – report says “Friedwald”, so I assume calculated and not measured Triglycerides: 1.28mmol/L (1.13g/L) Fasting Glucose: 5.38mmol/L (0.97g/L) Date: 2017-05-09 Age:34, Weight: 93kg 10 months into LCHF Weight training 2-3 times a week HIIT/Cardio 1-2 times a week Total Cholesterol: 5.00mmol/L (1.93g/L)… Read more »

Strict keto for 7 months

Trigs 38
CRP- 0.5

Had a CTCA that was perfectly normal!

I’ve been on low carb/high fat/moderate protein for the past ten and a half years. Over the years my HDL has crept up as has my total and LDL, and trigs lowered. My lipids have been tested every six months, I have them all on a graph, but here I include my results from seven months ago and last month when I added extra, extra fat – I am very lean: March 2017 TC: 7 (270) TG: 0.5 (44) HDL: 3.5 (135) LDL: 3.2 (124) Sept 2017 TC: 5.5 (212) TG: 0.3 (26) HDL 3.5 (135) LDL 1.8 (70) There… Read more »
As per my conversations with Dave on Facebook, here are the results of my experiment with Zero Carb. I am a longtime low carber, focusing on protein as the most important macro. Results from October 2016 after 9 months on Zero Carb: Total Cholesterol: 493 Trigs: 90 HDL: 93 VLDL: 18 LDL-C: 382 HbA1c: 5.5 Fasting Insulin: 2.2 Fasting Glucose: 81 I stopped Zero Carb in Feb, 2017. 2017 Results eating around 30-50 carbs a day, AND coming off of a 10 day vacation where bad choices were made . This IS an NMR PROFILE: Total Cholesterol: 303 Trigs: 76… Read more »

Great work Dave,
More citizen science data

Test 1 LCHF (8 months)
TC 6.6 (255)
HDL 1.32 (51)
LDL 4.8 (186)
TG 1.1 (97)

Test 2 ZeroCarb (90 days)
TC 7.5 (290)
HDL 1.37 (53)
LDL 5.8 (224)
TG 0.8 (71)

Hello, So, I think I am a hyperresponder. I have been doing modified keto (low carb, high protein, moderate fat) since the beginning of June 2017. I have been intermittent fasting (at least 16:8) daily since around July 2017. I don’t have lab work immediately prior to starting keto. My HgbA1C is great, fasting glucose is below 100, and my BP is consistently around 110-120/80s. I am about 5’9 and weight around 165. I lost about 40 pounds since starting keto. My last results prior to starting keto were from July 2015: Total Cholesterol: 212 HDL: 58 LDL-C: 127 Non-HDL-C:… Read more »
Robin Gilbert

I am a 69 year old female, 133-Lb, 5′ 9″, moderate exercise, LCHF for 5 years, 2 meals/day, I fast 12-14 hours prior to all of my lab draws.

January 2015, still eating some whole grains and 2 fruits/day
total cholesterol – 194
trig – 77
HDL – 65
LDL – not done

stopped all grains and decreased fruit to 0 to 1-/day, November 2016

June 2017
total cholesterol – 375
trig – 91
HDL – 85
LDL – 272

November 2017, test after three days of Feldman Protocol (3 days of very high fat)
total cholesterol – 309
trig – 99
HDL – 75
LDL – 214


In a post I made (above) on 12 Oct, I said I would give an update after my 90-day carnivore study was complete. Lab results just came in! Here they are…..this is after 90 days of meat and water…..and 5 days/week of strength training:

TC – 321
TG – 39
HDL – 89
LDL – 219

other #s
hs-CRP – .2
HbA1c – 5.5

Hi guys. I was on a low carb, high-protein diet for about 5 days based on Dr. Eades’ Six Weeks book. On 11/16/17 my readings: TC – 259 TG – 101 HDL – 51 LDL – 186 Doctor told me I was borderline needing statins so I freaked, found this blog, and tried 3 days at 4000-5000 calories and very low carb, protein. Basically keto. Tested again on 11/21/17: TC – 245 TG – 50 HDL – 56 LDL – 179 So definitely better over that one week. My questions are 1) how do I hack this even more for… Read more »
Brian behn

I have a lipid panel results plus calcium score. 43 year old male, and been on keto (less than 20 net carbs per day) for one year.
Total chol: 272
Triglycerides : 107
Ldl: 170

Calcium score after one year of keto …. 0. Yes, zero. While hypothyroid too.

Bill G
Was eating high carb before 3/2014 Labs from 11/2013 TC 150 TG 96 HDL 63 LDL 68 Went low carb (~30g total carbs (not net carbs)/day) 3/2014 to present Labs from 5/2014 TC 419 TG 86 HDL 88 LDL 314 Latest labs 7/2017 TC 687 TG 145 HDL 108 LDL 442 Have had multiple NMRs since 2014. LDL-P always >2000. sd-LDL <90. One interesting thing to report though… I seemed to have developed xanthelasmas under my eyes that I noticed recently… so that’s about 3.5 years after the switch. Also had a CACS of 22.3 on 6/2015. I chalked this… Read more »
Gökhan Göy

I want a data set for cholesterol metrics(LDL,HDL,TC,TG). Do you guys know where I can find it ?


OK I am a bit of a nerd – I have kept all lab reports going back to 1989!

I will show two of interest. The first one, below, was when I was eating ‘healthy whole-grains’, lots of carbs and low fat. After this result I was put onto Lipitor.

October 2004

TC 290

TG 269

HDL 44

LDL 194

Three years ago I switched to Paleo, very low Carbs and a lot more fat – basically LCHF – No Lipitor

February 2017

TC 259

TG 88

HDL 73

LDL 156

I have also been able to ditch BP medication 🙂

Alex Romayev
Hi Dave, As promised in the comments to your other blog post, here are my results over the years. Note, that starting in January 2015 I started to reduce carbs and by around June 2015 became consistently ketogenic. Prior to January 2015 I was also taking statins, which I stopped somewhere in Q1 2015. I have T1D, which is why you’ll see high HbA1c. Independent of the diet I’ve played soccer, tennis and stayed very active. Date HbA1c Ch. Total HDL LDL TG 1/25/2011 7.2 174 73 87 68 5/18/2011 6.9 10/6/2011 6.3 216 85 119 60 1/10/2012 6.9 234… Read more »

Yes — those are definitely the lipids of a Lean Mass Hyper-responder!

Jayvee Chun


Mine were draw today:

TC: 294.3
Trigs: 87
HDL Direct: 58
LDL Direct: 220
VLDL: 17.4

Been on keto for a year.
I dont have baseline numbers to compare them to but seems like Im a hyperresponder

Steve H

Here is the latest numbers and my starting numbers.

Date of draw 1/19/2018, 12 hr fasted. T2 diabetic.
Keto for 12 months

TC 248

TG 170

HDL 35

LDL 179

Original lipids at T2 diagnosis:

TC 374

TG 1987

HDL 28

LDL couldn’t calculate it as my tri’s were so high

A1c was 13.3 at this point.

I’ve never been able to raise my HDL above a 40 or so.


What an amazing improvement, Steve!! Congrats!!!!


Draw 7/31/17. SAD transitioning to Paleo
TC 288
TG 182
HDL 33
LDL 219

Draw 1/23/18. Paleo transitioning to Keto
TC 351
TG 122
HDL 41
LDL 286


Dave, what to you think of these numbers:
HDL 59
TG 66
LDL 242


Looks pretty good from here — but I’d actually want to use your Total Cholesterol to calculate your Remnant Cholesterol through our tool. You can try it yourself here: http://cholesterolcode.com/report/


total Cholesterol is 314. I am going to try the protocol in March and let you know the result. this is after being on Keto 10 months i have other blood tests during that time that are very similar.
and OMG you answered ! thank you 🙂


That’s great, Joy — let us know how the protocol goes.

Btw, here’s your risk profile from our report tool:
(Not too shabby!)

–==== CholesterolCode.com Report v0.8 ====–
Total Cholesterol: 314 mg/dL 8.12 mmol/L
LDL Cholesterol: 242 mg/dL 6.26 mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol: 59 mg/dL 1.53 mmol/L
Triglycerides: 66 mg/dL 0.75 mmol/L

Remnant Cholesterol: 13 mg/dL 0.34 mmol/L >>> Lowest Risk Quintile
Remnant Chol to HDL: 0.22 >>> Medium-Low Risk Quintile
Go to https://tinyurl.com/y8hokam2 for more on Cholesterol Remnants

AIP: -0.31 >>> Lowest Risk Third
Go to https://tinyurl.com/ycccmmnx for more on Atherogenic Index of Plasma

Friedewald LDL-C: 242 | Iranian LDL-C: 207
Total/HDL Ratio: 5.32
TG/HDL Ratio in mg/dL: 1.12 | in mmol/L: 0.49

I’ve been LCHF for 6 months, I’m a regular IFer. My most recent labs: HDL-C 87 TG 78 LDL-C 279 TC 382 Back when I was eating a SAD, my LDL was 133 (last labs were in 2015). My doc referred me to a cardiologist who is convinced I have FH and wants me on a statin immediately. I’m 29, female, 5’8″, and 127 lbs. I don’t know if I qualify as very active, I just play hockey 4 times a week. I got an NMR a week ago and LDL-P was 2066, though my LDLs are all fat and… Read more »

Yep — Lean Mass Hyper-responder http://cholesterolcode.com/are-you-a-lean-mass-hyper-responder/

So… you play hockey 4 times a week and you don’t know if that qualifies as active?!? :p 😀

Garrett Grossmann

I have been lchf/keto for over 4 years. Just had an nmr lipid profile that was a bit scary and found this site. Ldl-P at 2380, apob at 142, small ldl-P 1114, lp-pla 46e, hs-crp .3, lp (a)-P less than 50
TC 256
TG 68
Hdl 45
Ldl 200


Naturally, I plugged in your numbers on our risk profile. Not too shabby!

–==== CholesterolCode.com Report v0.8 ====–
Total Cholesterol: 256 mg/dL 6.62 mmol/L
LDL Cholesterol: 200 mg/dL 5.17 mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol: 45 mg/dL 1.16 mmol/L
Triglycerides: 68 mg/dL 0.77 mmol/L

Remnant Cholesterol: 11 mg/dL 0.28 mmol/L >>> Lowest Risk Quintile
Remnant Chol to HDL: 0.24 >>> Medium-Low Risk Quintile
Go to https://tinyurl.com/y8hokam2 for more on Cholesterol Remnants

AIP: -0.178 >>> Lowest Risk Third
Go to https://tinyurl.com/ycccmmnx for more on Atherogenic Index of Plasma

Friedewald LDL-C: 197 | Iranian LDL-C: 172
Total/HDL Ratio: 5.69
TG/HDL Ratio in mg/dL: 1.51 | in mmol/L: 0.66

Garrett Grossmann

lp-pla was 463, typo. Also body fat at 9%. I have no real baseline cholesterol numbers except I had “borderline” high cholesterol according to conventional wisdom before keto. Also I have borderline high blood pressure at 135-85(tested daily, unchanged from pre-keto days). Lots of BPC and saturated fat intake.


The higher Lp-Pla2 is unusual. You might want to consider getting a few other markers done such as high sensitivity CRP, Ferritin, a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14 markers) and a Complete Blood Count. We also have a great article regarding general testing here: http://cholesterolcode.com/lab-testing/

I have been in low carb about 10-15 years, strict ketogenic, zero carb diet about 4 months. Zerocarb (02/18) LCHF (08/17) TC 422 363 TG 111 106 HDL 67 85 LDL 375 259
Shane O
Hello, This was my most recent blood work taken 3/5/2018. I keep carbs usually 20-30g net. For reference, I’m still in the middle of losing weight as I have lost around 40lb so far with another 30+ to go. I’m a 42yr old male 6’1. –==== CholesterolCode.com/Report v0.9 ====– …08 months on LCHF ::: 16 hours water fasted… Total Cholesterol: 328 mg/dL 8.48 mmol/L LDL Cholesterol: 257 mg/dL 6.65 mmol/L HDL Cholesterol: 54 mg/dL 1.4 mmol/L Triglycerides: 84 mg/dL 0.95 mmol/L –CHOLESTEROL REMNANTS– Remnant Cholesterol: 17 mg/dL 0.44 mmol/L >>> Medium-Low Risk Quintile Remnant Chol to HDL: 0.31 >>> Medium… Read more »

Wow!!! What a massive drop in your Remnant Cholesterol! And that HDL is looking much, much healthier. Well done!