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Aug 20

Cholesterol Research Survey

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We’re collecting:

  1. What diet you’re on and for how long
  2. What your most recent cholesterol numbers were on that diet
  3. What your last cholesterol numbers were before you started the diet
  4. Your name and email (this is for internal records of the CholesterolCode team only and will not be distributed in any way without consent — no spam!)

 

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Frank Daniels
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Frank Daniels

1 LCHF for 6 Months
2 TC 210 HDL 48 Tri 133
3 TC 260 HDL 29 Tri 279 (before)

gretchen
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gretchen

Would help if people also said if they were on cholesterol-reducing drugs.

Mark
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Mark

Diet: Migration from SAD through LCHF through ZC to current WFAB (whole foods animal based, pasture raised beef, eggs, cheese, creme; wild caught salmon, sardines, herring, ~50g whey/casein protein powder, 1 sq (8g) Trader Joe’s dark chocolate); coffee.
Low carb for ~4 years (right after first blood test).

07/2014
TC 278
HDL 29
LDL 228
LDL-P 3259
Trig 104

06/2018
TC 618
HDL 92
LDL 527
Trig 61

Patrick
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Patrick

Hey Mark, interesting numbers, thanks for sharing. I see very similar results on a very similar journey (SAD – LC – Paleo – keto – to currently mostly carnivore) from 2015 to now.
TC: 235 – 309 – 350 – 450
HDL: 63 – 87 – 92 – 98
LDL: 152 – 209 – 241 – 339
Trig: 101 – 64 – 94 – 88
active, BMI ~15%, no drugs

Mark
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Mark

I should have noted above that both readings are on no drugs. Did a year of PCSK9i, and a couple years on a statin inbetween, and never felt worse in my life. “Great” numbers though (LDL 26, TC 80) but high fasting insulin, no energy, weight gain. So glad for Dave’s, Siobhan’s, and many others’ work.

Ferdinand
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Ferdinand

Thanks for sharing Mark 🙂 your TC made me feel normal, I was shocked when my CardioChek Home returned “>400” as I basically went beyond the measurable limit.

Audrey Boyle
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Audrey Boyle

1. Lchf for around 6 yrs
2. TC 8.1 LDL 5.1 HDL 2.8 TG 0.7
3. TC 5.5 LDL 3 HDL 1.9 TG 0.6
Not on statins

German Aguinaga
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German Aguinaga

Keto for 2 years
TC 224, HDL 79, LDL 131, Tri 71
TC 172, HDL 59, Unk, Unk

Joe Lamonica
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Joe Lamonica

LCHF 1 Year
BEFORE LCHF: TC 260 HDL 60 LDL 174 TG 130
BEST LCHF NUMBERS( After 11 mths): TC 255 HDL 55 LDL 176 TG 121
LCHF WITH 5MG STATIN(1 mth): TC 168 HDL 56 LDL 97 TG 74
CAC 197

Marilyn Elder
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Marilyn Elder

LCHF (20 total cbs or less/day) for 12 months
TC = 443, Trig 91, HDL 99
2016: TC 254, Trig 97, HDL 98

Bill Hare
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Bill Hare

Started Paleo 1998. Started Keto 2012.

Last Test 2018-08-03
LIPID PANEL, STANDARD
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 189
HDL CHOLESTEROL 65
TRIGLYCERIDES 53
LDL-CHOLESTEROL 110
(p.s. lab warning for high LDL included with my results)

Oldest Test 2011-11-02 (Pre Keto)
Cholesterol, total 218
HDL 55
Triglycerides 84
LDL 146
Triglycerides / HDL Ratio 1.52

Marcee
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Marcee

Low carb high fat moderate protein. Have been very diligent since beg of 2016. Was watching carbs prior to that, but nothing like I do now.
Oct of 2017
Total chol 274
Hdl. 73
LDL. 185
Trig. 79

Last numbers Jan 2015
Total chol. 228
Hdl. 63
LDL. 146
Trig. 96

Marcee Hampton
Marceeh@gmail.com

Rog
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Rog

1. LCHF for 5 months, no medications.
2. TC 4.6 mmol/L, HDL 1.7, LDL 2.4, Trigs 1.2mmol/L (recent numbers after LCHF)
3. TC 4.3 mmol/L, HDL 1.7, LDL 2.1, Trigs 1.1mmol/L (old numbers)

JillT
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Will be back tomorrow after collecting latest lipid results. Tried out the Feldman Protocol for 3 days prior to test – max calories and sat fat. Should be interesting!

Jeff outlaw
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Jeff outlaw

Any results?

jim
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jim

Mostly carnivore since Jan 1…tested on July 7
TC 256 HDL 89 LDL 154 VLDL 13 TRI 65 (take 10 mg simvastatin)
Feb 21, 2017 TC 213 HDL 93 LDL 97 TRI 113 (20mg simvastatin)

Bea
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Bea

LCHF – Paleo IF OMAD last 2.5 yrs
April 2016: TC: 7.3 mmol/L – LDL: 4.5 mmol/L – HDL: 1.0 mmol/L Tri: 4.0 mmol/L
F. Insulin:12.8 mU/L
Jan 2018 TC: 7.6 mmol/L – LDL: 4.7 mmol/L – HDL: 1.2 mmol/L Tri: 3.6 mmol/L
F. Insulin: 22 mU/L

A1c from 5.0 to 5.3

No drugs.

laurence covill
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laurence covill

1. LCHF 16 months

2.
Hba1c 33 mmol/molNormal
Haemoglobin 138 g/LNormal
Total cholesterol 6.05 mmol/L Less than or equal to 5
LDL cholesterol3.19 mmol/L Less than or equal to 3
HDL cholesterol 2.59 mmol/LExcellent More than or equal to 1
Triglycerides 0.61 mmol/LNormal Less than or equal to 2
Total/HDL ratio 2.4 Excellent Less than or equal to 4

3.
Total Cholesterol 6.3 mmol/L up to <=5.0 Above normal
Total Cholesterol/HDL 3.2 – up to =1 Normal
LDL Cholesterol 3.9 mmol/L up to <=3.0 Above normal
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Triglyceride 0.8 mmol/L up to <=2 Normal
Blood Count
Test name Current Ideal Status Previous Result
HCT Ratio (pcv) 0.43 Ratio 0.4-0.5 Normal
Haemoglobin 144 g/L 130-170 Normal
MCH 31.6 pg 27-32 Normal
MCHC 337 g/L 315-345 Normal
MCV 94 fl 83-101 Normal
Platelets 242 10^9/L 150-410 Normal
Red Blood Cells 4.57 x
10^12/l
4.5-5.5 Normal
White Blood Cells 4.6 10^9/L 4-10 Normal

Vijay Iyer
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Vijay Iyer

LCHF/KETO/Carnivore
TC – > 500
HDL – 85
Tri – 100

Sylvain LE ROUX
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Sylvain LE ROUX

ZC for 1 year and previously LCHF for 2 years.

Before LCHF and ZC:
04/2015:
TC: 2,41
TG: 0,62
HDL: 0,81
LDL: 1,48

After 2 years LCHF and 1 year ZC:
06/2018:
TC: 3,36
TG: 0,84
HDL: 0,79
LDL: 2,41

Patty Gilfeather Hecht
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Patty Gilfeather Hecht

LCHF on and off for 30 years
Seven years on and off Keto
Experimenting with Zero Carb/Carnivore 3 months

October 2017 – Took FULL FLUSH NIACIN
TC = 213, HDL = 67, LDL = 137, TRI = 44

JULY 2016
TC = 271, HDL = 69, LDL = 189, TRI = 65

Patty Gilfeather Hecht
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Patty Gilfeather Hecht

I should also add that I have been well within my weight range for 30 years as well.

Amy Blackwell
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Amy Blackwell

Moderate LCHF for one year at time of test.
TC 348, HDL 82, Tri 101 (Sept. 2017)

Before: Zone-style diet (30-30-40) with calorie counting for about 20 years
TC 240, HDL 62, Tri 120 (Sept. 2015)

Weight consistent all that time – 5’5”, about 123 lbs.

Robert Monahan
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Robert Monahan

Body type: Lean. Metabolic Syndrome, childhood full-body radiation therapy. Lifelong hypertriglyceridemia

LCHF, Paleo for 4 months (no oils) + IF 16:8 + high to moderate exercise: LDL-P 1071; HDL 27; Triglycerides 682; small dense particles 813; total cholesterol 236

Switched to Low Fat for 4 months + exercise: LDL-P 1466; LDL-C 131; HDL 41; Triglycerides 185 (lowest ever in 30+ years) ; total cholesterol 209; small dense 600

No cholesterol lowering drugs. Fish oil used in both trials.

Ravi
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Ravi

LCHF for about 6 months.
Pre LCHF #s: TRIG – 490, HDL – 30, Total LDL – 203 (4/2019)
post LCHF #s: TRIG – 166, HDL – 56, Total LDL – 246 (7/2019)

Marian
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Marian

10/2014 – Diet: SAD
TC – 238
HDL – 46
LDL – 153
Trigs – 161
VLDL/Remnant – 32

Eating LCHF since February 2015

07/2018 – Diet LCHF (in & out of Keto)
TC – 303
HDL – 63
LDL – 224
Trigs – 78
VLDL/Remnant – 16

Scott
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Scott

ZCish for 7 months after previous many-year Mediterranean-style diet

Now: TC: 289; HDL: 55; LDL: 211; Tri: 100; Fasting insulin: 2.9
Pre: TC: 180; HDL 40; LDL: ?; Tri: 95; Fasting insulin: ?

JillT
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1. LCHF since June 2012 – almost 6 years.
2. 24/4/2017 – TC 333; HDL 73; LDL 236; TG 124 – LCHF with TRE 16:8
3. 29/2/2012 (dx of T2D) – TC 286; HDL 54; LDL 178; TG 274 – SAD
No cholesterol lowering drugs (obviously lol)

Result of latest test after following Feldman Protocol for 3 days prior to test:
20/8/2018 – TC 255; HDL 70; LDL 166; TG 88 – LCHF with about double calories and saturated fat to normal eating pattern

JillT
Guest

Just in case it helps your research – adding that FTR I’m APOE3/3

donna potts walling
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Paleo since 2011
LCHF since 2014
Keto since 2015

2/5/18 Total Cho 229, HDL 90, LDL 128 Tri 53
added more carb to total of 50 per day ost 2/5/18
8/15/18 total Cho 220 HDL 94 LDL 116 Tri 48

Back on 7/30/14 prior to change from Paleo/lCHF to Keto
Total Cho147 HDL 69 LDL 67 Tri 55

NB: T1D since 1976 Ultra Runner since 2007 average 50= miles a week on trails.

John Somsky
Guest

1. Keto 22 Months
2. TC 176 HDL 53 LDL 115 TRI 42
3. TC 149 HDL 35 LDL 69 TRI 224

Kim Childs
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Hi Dave,
1. Keto, cycle keto now and again. 1.4 years
2. July 2018 – TC: 7.87 mmol/L, LDL: 4.18 mmol/L, HDL 3.27 mmol/L, TG: .93 mmol/L, RC: .41 mmol/L, July 2017 VLDL 26
3. April 2017 – TC: 7.41 mmol/L, LDL: 3.93 mmol/L, HDL: 3.02 mmol/L, TG:1.02 mmol/L
4. 56 F, 5’6″, 128 lbs, no meds

Looking forward to seeing your analysis!
Thanks for all you do!

Joel Thompson
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Joel Thompson

1.LCHF beginning 4/18/18

2. 6/13/18
Cholesterol 177
HDL 45.5
LDL 121
VLDL 11
Tri 53

3. 11/1/17
Cholesterol 206
HDL 41
LDL 139
Tri 129

Steven Bayes
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Steven Bayes

12/14/15 8/10/18
TC. 171 213
HDL. 41 74
LDL. 82 130
Tri. 243 45

LCHF since 3/1/2018

Rich Rosenfeld
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Rich Rosenfeld

1 LCHF; 21 months
2. Triglyceride 13 1 mg/dL ; Cholesterol 3 61 mg/dL; HDL Chol 64 mg/dL ;
T Chol/HDL Ratio 5.6 LDL Calc 271 mg/dL ; CAC 23 all LAD
3 . Unknown; had not been measured in over 5 years
Rich Rosenfeld, wb4rhr@gmail.com
Will let you know #3 when I find out.

Rich Rosenfeld
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Rich Rosenfeld

Possibility that Triglyceride number may have come from over-eating protein before fast; gluconeogenesis? Insulin was 4 that day.

Donna Leach
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Donna Leach

LCHF IF-2 years
Latest cho 2017-total 267, LDL C 149.8 HDL 104 trigs 66
Before diet2015-total 216, LDL C 116 HDL. 77 trigs 114

Mark G
Guest
Mark G

Viome recommendations for the last 6 months. 40% Fat, 35% Protein, 25% Carb (calories)
total 322
trigs 67
hdl 94
ldl 215

First lipid numbers from 2011, after 2 years of eating rather low calorie “paleo-ish”
total 257
trigs 68
hdl 79
ldl 164

Mark G
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Mark G

Sorry. Diet before viome was keto.
Dec 17 numbers:
Total 376
trigs 60
hdl 95
ldl 297
no med’s

David Licosati
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LCHF 4 years 8/18 51 y/o M
TC211 HDL 83 Tri 53
Low Fat 7/14
TC 219 HDL 55 Tri138
Low fat 4/09
TC204 HDL 103 Tri 227

I have VAP and Cardio IQ for 10 years food log for 2 years if of interest

Ken Williams
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Ken Williams

Keto diet since 6/1/18. 8/17/18 bloodwork – HDL 50, LDL 278 Total 347. Tri 94 Prior 44,116, 178, 88. Note: Was also on a statin which was discontinued 6/1/18. Ken Williams – warmfriends@comcast.net

Jessica
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Jessica

1. ~100g carbs since Dec 2017, LCHF (30-50g carbs) since Feb 2018, Keto (~20g carbs) since July 1, 2018

2. July 2018 (after 25 days of keto)
TC 246
Trig 51
HDL 94
VLDL 10
LDL 142

3. Oct 2017
TC 182
Trig 89
HDL 60
VLDL 18
LDL 104

Dec 2017 (after 2 weeks of ~100g carbs)
TC 146
Trig 50
HDL 68
VLDLD 10
LDL 68

April 2018 (after 2 months of LCHF)
TC 159
Trig 48
HDL 75
VLDL 10
LDL 74

43 yr old female, diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes in Oct 17
Re-diagnosed as Type 1 LADA in May 2018
Current meds: 6 units basal dose, no bolus (yet) due to keto carb intake

Lisa Vasilak
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Lisa Vasilak

Strict carnivore for 4weeks, ket o for 6+ months
CHOL 330
HDL 85
TRIG 113
LOL 223
No meds

fasi
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fasi

LCHF/Keto 4 years
TC 4.68
LDL 1.81
HDL 2.7
Trigs 0.37

Prior diet Vegetarian/Low Fat
TC 4.34
LDL 2.5
HDL 1.63
Trigs 0.46

fasi
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fasi

As if to prove the point that low cholesterol is not good for the brain I’ve gone and posted my data in the comments section instead of actually filling out the survey. Doh! Should I do the survey as well or will some data fairy transfer my info?

Ognjen
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Ognjen

LCHF to ZC and back since October 2017. Cholesterol 6,8. Trigs 0,7.
Cholesterol was 5,1 before LCHF. Numbers are in mmol/l.

Marc Gagnon
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Marc Gagnon

Ketogenic 2.5 years

Total Chol: 491

HDL: 43

Triglycerides: 195

LDL, Calc: 409

Chol/HDL Ratio: 11.4

Note: No coffee/BPC, ate normal median of 175g Fat, 80g Protein, 15g Carbs and no refeeding very strict Keto. Fasted 13 hours before test.

Marc Gagnon
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Marc Gagnon

Keto for 2.5 years

NUMBERS BEFORE KETO:
Total Chol: 282

HDL: 43

Triglycerides: 165

LDL, Calc: 206

John C. Pavao
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John C. Pavao

1. ZC/Carnivore – 6 weeks, previously keto
2. TC 429, LDL 355 Friedewald/329 Iranian, HDL 53, TG 104
(only medication is clopidogrel, generic for Plavix)

Bob
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Bob

63 years old. Remission from 2012 prostate cancer. Gall bladder removed 7 years ago. Keto for 5 1/2 years. Daily checks for blood glucose and ketones. Average glucose 4.5 and ketones 1.5.
Cholesterol pre ketosis-
Cholesterol 201, LDL 83.1, HDL 85, Trigs 53.1.
Cholesterol most recent-
Cholesterol 429, LDL 312, HDL 92.8, Trigs 97.4

6’2” who weighs approx 12 stone or 78kg. I train approx 45 mins 5-7 days per week. All other bloods in line except cholesterol.

Berndette
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Berndette

1. Low carb sinceFebruary 2018 (no statins now or before)
2. July/2018
Total-323
LDL-215
HDL-92
Tri-63
3. July 2017
Total-234
LDL-140
HDL-78
Tri-80

Tony Gordon
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Tony Gordon

LC about 5 year, Keto last 2 years. 56 years.

Date TC TG HDL LDL Non-HDL
01/25/2005 215 91 46 151
08/20/2007 178 128 39 114
04/09/2009 207 148 41 136
04/19/2010 218 137 43 148
08/23/2010 212 370 43 95
12/14/2010 221 93 58 144
06/08/2011 231 261 58 121 173
04/13/2012 203 90 74 111 129
09/26/2012 227 68 65 148 162
03/27/2013 205 101 59 126 146
09/20/2013 225 65 63 149 162
03/19/2014 209 117 59 127 150
03/31/2015 244 98 66 158 178
03/25/2016 191 125 51 115 140
8/5/2016 213 113 59 131 154
3/15/2017 224 92 93 113 131
3/20/2018 269 56 97 161 172

SwimViking
Guest

https://imgur.com/a/PFA8I3h These tests are from 2015. Before starting LCHF (mostly meat based) I only remember that my total cholesterol was 206 and that I should be concerned.

SwimViking
Guest
SwimViking

Sorry I forgot to say I have been LCHF for six years now

Dee Kwon
Guest
Dee Kwon

Just completed the survey. Think I may have made an error in the year of second blood work. It was 8/26/2016 (not 8/26/2017).

Buck Reilly
Guest
Buck Reilly

1 LCHF for 1 year
2 TC 507 HDL 96 LDL 395 Tri 64
3 TC 225 HDL 57 LDL 153 Tri 73

Dawn
Guest
Dawn

I have been low carb for over 23 years. Started to eat less before blood work thinking that would help bring numbers down, and I as I know now that was a mistake. My prior blood work 3/1/2017 (8 hr fast)
Chol – 292 / HDL – 56 / Tri – 70 / LDL – 222
My most recent after 3 days of over 3000 cals a day (13 hour fast)
Chol – 225 / HDL – 70 / Tri – 58 / LDL – 141
I can’t believe it, to cool. I do wonder though if it would be even better if I had not replaced coffee with Tea? What do you think?

Gloria
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Gloria

I just took the survey.
My most recent cholesterol test are from August this year and the prior was from September of 2017.
All during 2017 and all of 2016 I had been doing a keto lifestyle with 20gr of net carbs per day. I incorporated intermittent fasting on 2017 and was part of my lifestyle when I had the blood test in September of 2017.
I had stayed mostly low carb from the beginning of 2018 until I started the carnivore diet on June 6, 2018. I had been on the carnivore diet for 8 weeks when I had my most recent lab work including cholesterol.
Here are the results side by side:
2017: 2018:
Total C: 179 247
HDL C: 58 63
LDLC: 112 170
TRIGLYCERIDES: 46 68

jason
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jason

Any opinions on what role Omega 3s play in cholesterol levels?

Nr
Guest
Nr

Omega-3’s lower Trig and raise HDL. This presumably leads to less insulin resistance and more large fluffy LDL (fewer particles, larger particles) because its easier for the liver to export Trig with Omega-3’s and for cells to gobble them up than to convert carb sugars into saturated fat trig and export as VLDL -> sdLDL, which hang around much longer.