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NMR LipoProfile

A while back I blogged a two-parter on LDL Cholesterol (Part 1 / Part 2). Part 1 deals with how unreliable standard blood tests are for determining your real risk. In part 2, I highlighted real world examples from the offices of doctor William Davis. And now, I'm going to show you a real world example from a reader and (obviously) fellow high-fat Paleo eater. Click here to access Patrik's NMR LipoProfile (Nmrlipo PDF) He kindly gave permission to share it with you. The fist thing to notice is that his LDL cholesterol -- calculated, just like the one you get -- is a whopping 204. Bet that'd make you worry, eh? However, his actual particle number for LDL is 1417, corresponding to a measured LDL of 141, a full 63 points lower. So the cholesterol tests like the ones you get -- the ones on which basis doctor prescribes statins to millions -- is a full 45% overstated in this case. However, it should be noted that if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, grains in particular, it's far more likely that your measured LDL is far higher than your calculated one. In essence: same problem, opposite error. But...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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