Monthly Archives: July 2015

Diving Deeper into Cholesterol: Sterol Testing with Dr. Dayspring

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One of the tests I came across to help figure out more of what’s going on with my cholesterol status was sterol testing.  What this test does is measure particles in your blood that tell you whether the changes in your cholesterol are related to too much absorption or too much formation.

Here are some of the labs that offer this type of testing.

Unfortunately none of this was taught… or even available when I was in med school, so I didn’t know much about this.… Read More

The Gut Biome and Cholesterol Connection

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My past few posts have been pretty cholesterol centric and I just have to warn you that there will be more to come.  Obviously this is a topic that is important to me, and unfortunately at this point science doesn’t have a good answer yet as to what the heck is going on in my particular case.

I’m doing what I can to self experiment (most recently by taking anti-inflammatory supplements and increasing more carbs… and then adding in even more carbs while cutting back saturated fat) and to dive into more research.… Read More

Cholesterol and Thyroid Update from June 2015: Increasing Carbs and Decreasing Fats

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I learned in March 2015 that my LDL-P and small LDL-P were still elevated and my Lp-PLA2 (marker of vascular inflammation) was also elevated.

I experimented with a trial of daily anti-inflammatory supplements including, Athletic GreensThorne Curcumin, and Thorne Omega 3, Lemon Berry while bumping my carbs up from 100 gm to 120 gm.  When I retested in May 2015, I discovered that this didn’t really have any effect at all on my cholesterol AND caused a nominal bump in my Lp-PLA2.

At this point I wasn’t sure exactly what to do except to vary my macros a little more by increasing my carbs and decreasing my dietary fat.… Read More

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