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Aug 28

Welcoming Debbie to CholesterolCode!

As CholesterolCode continues to grow, our ability to handle all the comments coming in has been a concern, but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to answer the awesome questions you guys have either. Luckily, not too long ago, Low Carb San Diego happened…

Introducing Debbie

At Low Carb San Diego, I met Debbie – she used to be an engineer in silicon valley for 33 years, but is currently retired. She also happened to mention that she was interested in helping out Dave and I, and had the time to offer. She is passionate about learning as much as possible, and helping to get people accurate information so they can make informed decisions, and I felt that this attitude was a good fit, and her help might be a possible solution to our dilemma.

A Warm Welcome

If you haven’t guessed already, all of this is leading to introducing Debbie to the CholesterolCode readerbase! Debbie will be helping out by answering some of the comments that come in starting this week. I’ll still be replying to many of the comments that come in, as per usual, but don’t be surprised if you see Debbie around as well. This will hopefully mean, over time, even faster responses to comments especially during conferences as we continue to grow.

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Ed

Welcome, Debbie–glad you’re here!

Mary
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Mary

Good afternoon, I just had my annual physical with my doc who as always orders labs for my cholesterol. I am 58 year old female on the downside of menopause. I have had high cholesterol my entire adult life and have never taken meds. I have been physically active my whole life but once I hit 53-54 I gained a lot of weight that I could not “run or walk” off. So I started Keto/LC last November 2018. Prior to that, in March 2018, I had bloodwork done: Total Cholesterol was 279, HDL 65, LDL 200 and Trigs 71. The doctor wanted to start me on statins so I did what every patient tends to do, I avoided her for 18 months. Now, on August 27, 2019, after 9 months of keto/low carb, I go back for a check up and my numbers are: Total 337, HDL 65, LDL 260 and Trigs 60. Of course she feels I need statins and was not shy about pressing the prescription into my hand. I did hand it back and said, let me do some reading and I will get another blood test in 6 weeks. I had already come across literature from Dr. Nadir Ali and Dr. Paul Mason that LDL was not necessarily the “evil” that it has been made out to be so I wanted to gather more evidence to show my doctor when I came across your Breckenridge lecture and the protocol. So guess what? I’m gonna do it. I haven’t schedule the lab test, but I told my doc it would be around mid to late October 2019 which is 6-8 weeks away. 3 days before I go, I’m going to eat all the good fat and see what happens. 🙂 I typically fast for 20 hours/3 days a week and had just done that when I had this last test done so that really compounded the rise in LDL. I also usually do not count anything except net carbs and have been extremely happy losing weight (31lbs) and feeling amazing. I am 5’6″ and 145 lbs. I will let you know how it goes after my visit for a lab test in October. Thank you for sharing this information!
Mary

Michele Sundholm
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Michele Sundholm

Welcome Debbie! I am so intrigued by all the questions, answers and threads on this site. Can’t wait to see/hear what you add! Thank you!!

Bill Hare
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Bill Hare

Welcome to Debbie and thanks to all of you!!

Paul
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Paul

Have been monitoring my blood pressure and noticed a significant drop after being in outside swimming. Did some internet searches and found this was indeed a thing related to uv exposure and nitrous oxide production by skin. Nitrous oxide causes vasodialation.

In a YouTube video Dr. Ignarro, who won a Nobel prize for this discovery, mentioned that nitrous oxide lowers LDL cholesterol. I could find no other reference or article on this.

Anyway, had not seen nitric oxide mentioned in any of the low carb sites I follow, and uv (sun exposure) seems to be complementary to the effects we are trying to achieve with a low carb lifestyle. I’d really like to know if there are any studies that show a cause and effect relation between sun exposure (nitric oxide production) and LDL levels.

Philip Thackray
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Philip Thackray

Hello Debbie, Siobhan and Dave,
I have followed a low card diet for about 13 years. I’m 71 and weight 130 pounds, 5’8″ in height. My recent Lipid Profie is (mg/dL):
Cholesterol 264
Triglycerides 88
HDL 74
LDL 172
Conventionally measured.
Not on lipid lowering drugs.
I am near to several walk in Quest Diagnostics locations. I’d like to get my LDL particle count measured and, once measured, determine where I fall in the large and fluffy versus small diameter debate.
I’m sure that the type of testing required to measure the LDL particle size is linked to somewhere on this website along with some discussions about particle size.
I’d hoping that you can link me to that information.
Thanks for all you do!
Philip Thackray
Butler, PA USA

DebbieB
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DebbieB

Hi Philip – The test can be listed under different names – for example “NMR LipoProfile” (at RequestATest.com) and “Cardio IQ Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility” (at Ulta Lab Tests). Costs vary – sometimes you can find a special deal. Here’s a direct link to the test at Ulta Lab Tests and Request A Test .

Philip Thackray
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Philip Thackray

Thanks DebbieB!
I’ll contact the testing labs that you linked too. I was also hoping that you could link me to a discussion about LDL particle size.
If I find anything about Quest Diagnostics relative to LDL particle size testing I’ll post that information here.

Thanks again,
Phil

Anna T
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Anna T

Quest does the “Cardio IQ Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility” test Debbie mentioned below. I needed my doctor to order it. Not sure what your situation would be. Good luck!

Daniel
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Daniel

Hi guys.

I’m 36 and got my bloodwork done for the first time almost a year ago. Had slightly elevated ALT (even though I don’t drink and never have), triglycerides, cholesterol, etc. I changed nothing as a result and probably gained another 10 pounds over the next few months. I reached my highest ever weight at 79# over what is considered the top end of the normal weight range for my height based on BMI. Likely 100# over where I really should be?

I drifted back down maybe 3-5# after that until about 3 weeks ago when I started studying all things keto. I’ve been on a pretty strict keto diet for 2 weeks and based on how it’s going so far I feel like it’s sustainable for me.

I’ve accurately documented weight as well as waist and hip size while I’ve been on keto but I’d like to have some more in depth documentation of this journey towards health. I’m considering getting a calcium scan and another blood test. I don’t know if there are better cholesterol tests I should order rather than the standard? Are there varying qualities of calcium scans? When I ask for a calcium scan do I need to ask a certain way so that I get the right thing done?

I live in a rural area but if I need to I can drive 3.5 hours to Denver once or twice a year and pay out of pocket to get what is best to tell me what I want to know.

Any suggestions on how to more completely document how my health changes as I move forward would be appreciated.

Thanks!