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Created on: 10/23/13 07:27 AM Views: 1385 Replies: 7
Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Hi Susan,

My total cholesterol was at the start of my diet change about 230 mg/dl.

Then there was a hurray when it dropped to about 190 mg/dl.

But now it has climbed up to 260 mg/dl.

I have eaten no cholesterol (no animal products), no products that contain cholesterol, and no other fat than that came from the whole plants I ate.

Should I be worried? I read on a website that during weight loss the body releases cholesterol and that the total cholesterol level might rise dramatically and will fall after your weight has settled. Or is that a myth?

Thanks!

Edited 10/23/13 7:29 AM
RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I don't know about the 'releasing cholesterol' thing but if you've gotten a little heavier on the grains, that can sometimes affect the lipid profile, especially if they're in the more refined area (products made with flour for example). I know that I have to watch things because if we get really busy and/or when I'm wanting hearty comfort foods, I tend to go heavier on the grains and have to really work to get the leafy greens and such onto the plate - especially during the winter months when leafy greens aren't seasonal here in New England.
--DebR

RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Dietary cholesterol can raise cholesterol slightly, but it is nothing compared with saturated fat's effect on cholesterol levels. Make sure that fats are kept to a minimum, even if from plant sources.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Hi Susan,

Thanks. I eat following the recipes from Dr. Barnard's books. I don't use oil, peanut butter, avocados or that kind of fatty foods.

Could there be another reason for a higher cholesterol? Is that theory of having higher cholesterol due to losing weight not true in your opinion?

@DebR, I don't eat refined grains. Only brown rice, whole grain pasta, pumpernickelbread and whole couscous.

Thank you.

Edited 10/23/13 9:59 AM
RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I have not heard about this "release" of cholesterol during weight loss. But if your diet has remained consistently vegan and low-fat, then I'm inclined to think there may be an error in the testing. Other aspects can also influence cholesterol such as dehydration.

If I were you, I would maintain your healthful diet and see what the next reading says.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Okay, thanks, I will do that anyway. Apart from the higher cholesterol I feel great, fit and I'm losing weight, so that's all good.

RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

also, make sure that the test was done after a full 12 hour fast - otherwise it may not be accurate

--DebR

RE: Why is my cholesterol higher?
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Charles

I've seen doctors on both sides of the fence say that weight loss can cause high cholesterol because of the fat that's melting into your bloodstream. So I believe it's true.

Theodore.

Wash your back


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