apoe4thebetter wrote:It been a while and wanted to provide an update on my n=1 experimentation
Thanks for all this, apoe4thebetter. As you can see from my sig, I'm a 3/3, so I'm not sure how that factors in, but I felt some kinship reading your lipid numbers. I just had mine done, because my TC and LDL-C have been rising steadily since menopause, and I wanted a breakdown. I also sensed that my saturated fat intake was way too high, what with all the coconut products I put in to replace dairy and other things when I began an autoimmune protocol (ankylosing spondylitis/psoriatic arthritis) about six months ago. I started logging foods into Cronometer and was clocking in at 54–62 gms of sat fat a day. In a 1600–2000 calorie day, that seems pretty dang high.
My labs after 14-hour water-only came back thus (I put an h next to the ones the lab marked as high):
Vit D: 28 L
Homocys: 8 H
Total chol: 231 H
LDL-C: 133 H
LDL-P: 1603 H
LDL-small: 188 H
LDL-med: 255 H
LDL peak size: 225.5
LDL pattern: A
ApoB: 94 H
I am trying to figure out how to reduce saturated fat while keeping overall fat high (for mild keto), while still keeping overall calories high. (I seem to be a calorie burner--very hard to keep weight at an adequate level.) So your breakdown of what you did and the changes you saw is very inspiring to me. In the past week, I've cut out the coconut yogurts, cream/milk, MCT, oil. Sure would like something in my coffee, as drinking it black makes me sick to my stomach, but not drinking it all makes me sick in the head! Also, supplements are really hard for me because I have difficulty swallowing pills and often supps make me queasy. With that lousy Vitamin D number, I have recommitted to taking that, plus I'm doing some liquid omega3 fish oil, curcumin and a chewable methylB. Would also love a good choline food source, since eggs cause autoimmune flares. I've considered berberine, but fear it might make me sick. So many things to balance!
I'm here even though I'm 3/3 because all my female ancestors on maternal side have had dementia by their late 70s and post-menopausal high cholesterol. My mother, who we're seeing decline now the same way her mother and grandmother did, has been on a statin for at least five years, maybe longer. (She used to use niacin and Metamucil to control her cholesterol, but at some point caved to the statin pressure and gave those other things up.) She's also been in and out of the diabetes range for the past decade or so. She's about five years into noticeable dementia and has been diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's.
I appreciate any and all insight!
57 years old, ApoE 3/3, mother and grandmother have/had late-onset dementia, eager to save brain and optimize health.
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge!