I don't often post but have had a real shock when I received my blood test results today and wanted to pick your well-informed brains. I know one of you might know what's going on here.
Over the last 10 years the one lipid results I've always been able to rely on has been my HDL cholesterol being really high and my LDL really low. Examples:
Nov 2014 HDL 137,00 LDL 96,60 (all mg/dl)
July 2015 HDL 119 LDL 78
Aug 2016 HDL 141 LDL 79
July 2017 HDL 142 LDL 98
Feb 2018 HDL 142 LDL 96
So I'm trying to work out why after years of this being my one fallback ("At least my HDL is always high") and giving myself a pat on the back for that good result at least, today:
July 2018 HDL 116 LDL 129
I had to reread it loads of times, convinced I'd got it wrong! My trigs are still low as always at 51 mg/dl which is something. I have two, well potentially three theories and I'm wondering whether you can help me figure out whether I'm on the right lines here or not:
1) In April I finally gave up all grains totally in a determined effort to follow a ketogenic diet as far as I possibly can. Before that I was eating a small portion of gluten free oats with almond milk, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and walnuts every day. I replaced that with half a Quest bar and lots of hazelnuts and macadamia (new nuts for me - possible other culprit?) instead. I eat no legumes (as in beans, lentils etc in fear of lectins - I honestly think I should never have read Gundry's book!) now and only really eat non-starchy and cruciferous veggies and nuts as my main source of carbs.
2) I had a adrenal saliva test in March which showed chronic levels of cortisol
and on the advice of a nutritionist I started on two supplements to help this which I have just finished - DHEA (no longer have pot to check what was in it!) and an 'adrenal complex' containing Vit C and Vits B1, B2 and B6 and D-Calcium Pantothenate, whole adrenal glandular, PABA, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine and Adrenal Cortex Glandular
I can't really believe these supplements have anything to do with it and think it's got to be a coincidence that my LDL has risen so much since taking these but...who knows. I take other supplements too but have done for a while now with no adverse effect.
3) I have lived with a constant level of stress for many years now and so can't really believe that the following could affect my lipid levels so much but my Mum died at 70 young years of Alzheimer's in May. It was a terrible time as she was mid-divorce and mid house sale. I am also in the middle of a big move back to the UK from Spain and start a new job there soon. I've also got 2 kids who have to start a new school yet again and it has been a bad time for stress. Again, I'm used to stress - I don't crumble I just keep going and try to be positive so can't believe this could have such an effect on these lipid levels either...could it?
Any thoughts or advice would be so helpful. I've tried so hard the last year since I found out my 4/4 status to do the right thing. I'm VERY strict with diet and exercise and know I'm too much sometimes- I've suffered anorexia and can feel my brain sliding back into it's eating disorder grip sometimes as I grapple with all the dietary advice and try to push away all the ways I was encouraged back into eating bread and pasta as I recovered from it 5 years ago. I'm 45 and fed up of struggling. I feel like just giving up right now - If ANYONE has ANY idea quite how I've managed to raise my LDL so much whilst being so 'good' (!), I'd really appreciate the advice.
Sorry to be a bit negative there - and THANK YOU if you've read this far. I always feel so self-indulgent when/if I post here.