Category Archives: Cholesterol

Dr. Hallberg LDL on LCHF Talk

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I first came across Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s name when I read Dr. Pokrywka’s guest editorial in Lipid Spin discussing the “Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet.”

Dr. Pokrywka pointed out that Dr. Hallberg is in the midst of a large study investigating the effect of a ketogenic diet vs standard American Diabetes Association diet on type 2 diabetics and prediabetics.  In this study she’s examining NMR lipoprofiles, carotid intima media thickness, and other metabolic markers

In the course of her investigations she’s noticed a sub-population of patients that, like myself, develop elevated LDL-P and cholesterol numbers despite an improvement in everything else.… Read More

Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet: The National Lipid Association

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Dr. Dayspring tweeted a link to Lipid Spin journal highlighting this article, and when I saw the title I knew I had to read it forthwith.

Lipid Spin is the official publication of the National Lipid Association and is, in my mind, a legit resource.

Here is the link to the issue from their site.

In case the link ever breaks (which I’ve discovered happens pretty frequently), I’ve taken the liberty of uploading it to my site, HERE.

While there isn’t anything groundbreaking, he does do a wonderful job of summarizing where we are currently.… Read More

Cholesterol Update March 2016: What happens after 6 weeks of VSL#3 Probiotics?

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I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

Cholesterol Update January 2016: How I Bollixed My Experiment

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I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and in December… and found myself caving into my desire for coffee, and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

Cholesterol Update After Stopping Bionic Fiber

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Brief Summary

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.… Read More

I Stopped Taking Bergamot And Here’s What Happened To My Cholesterol

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Brief Summary

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’ve received some fair criticism for doing things in this manner because I essentially added so many variables at once which can make it hard to conclude anything at all.  Ash Simmonds probably said things best in the comments here:

You changed too many things at once to be able to conclude anything meaningful whatsoever here.

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