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Posted by Alan on June 06, 2000 at 05:34:40:

In Reply to: cholesterol problem? posted by Mike K on May 30, 2000 at 10:12:05:

: My cholesterol levels at a recent checkup was 251 total, ldl - 167, hdl - 69. My doctor wants me to go on a low fat diet, but it seems to me that my ratio of ldl/hdl is not that much out of line. Independently, in order to lose about 15 pounds, I had read Protein power which makes sense to me. At this point, I am planning on losing the 15 lbs with the PP diet, and then rechecking the cholesterol. I would appreciate any comments concerning proper ldl/hdl ratios versus total count, and the use of the low carb diet as opposed to the low fat in my case.

: thanks
: Mike

Stick with the low carb diet such as Protein Power. Just by losing weight, you can lower your total cholesterol number. Your HDLs look good, LDLs are a little high. Another thing to avoid is margarine and shortening (anything with hydrogenated vegetable oils in it). Use real butter instead as it does not contain the harmful trans fats. I have been on a low carb diet (way of life) for about 2 years. I have maintained a weight loss of 40 pounds and my cholesterol dropped from 197 to 186 while eating at least two dozen eggs per week, steaks, bacon, sausage, etc. Don't fall for that low fat diet hype. It does more harm than good. Alan

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