New Heart Scan Results: Good News (lipid scores)

My recent heart scan results were 50% lower (= better) than predicted. Apparently I am doing something right.
You might think that my lipid values would reflect that. Not quite. They were measured twice in the last two weeks, first with a Cholestech LDX machine (instant results); second, ordinary lab tests.
Here are the scores (first test, second test). Total Cholesterol: 210, 214, which is “borderline high” (borderline bad) according to the Cholestech LDX quick reference sheet. HDL = 17, 36, which is “low” (bad). TRG = 62, 75, which is “normal”. LDL = 180, 163, which is “high” (bad).

There is no hint in these numbers that I am doing the right thing! If anything, they imply the opposite, that I’m doing the wrong thing. This supports all those people, such as Uffe Ravnskov, who say the connection between cholesterol and heart disease is badly overstated.

6 Replies to “New Heart Scan Results: Good News (lipid scores)”

  1. Your results are interesting because while animal fat will raise LDL it will (typically) raise HDL to protective levels. Ever think about getting your Omega-3s from fish oil as opposed to flaxseed or maybe try a combination of both to see if that might have the effect of raising your HDL?

  2. You might want to get a test to determine the makeup of the LDL. You’ll find out if it is the large, fluffy kind (good), or the small, dense kind (bad).

    I would guess that with your diet, you would have a higher percentage of the large fluffy LDL. And that would be fine. The number itself, without knowing the different fractions, is meaningless if not misleading.

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