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I had my cholesterol checked last week, here are my numbers:
total 206
hdl 45
ldl 135
tri's 128

6 months ago they were:
total 175
hdl 45
ldl 103
tri's 132

Question is....the only thing I changed in my diet was that i added natural peanut butter to my diet everyday. Would that cause a rise in my ldl? I thought natural peanut butter was good for cholesterol. I love peanut butter, and I eat a big teaspoon full right out of the jar everyday. How bad do these numbers look? Also any idea's on how to lower that ldl? Would just cutting out the peanut butter help? I'm on no medicine, won't take it due to the side effects. I told doctor I would do the diet and exercise thing. thanks for all your help.
Peanut butter should be lowering your LDL because it's an unsaturated fat. Make sure there no trans-fats or saturated fats in your natural peanut butter, brands like Skippy Natural Peanut Butter have no trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oil), but it does contain palm oil which is a saturated fat.

Don't forget about the particle size of your LDL, large particle LDL doesn't stick
in your arteries, so depending on your particle size, the rise in LDL might not matter. My LDL is 142, and HDL is 68, but my LDL is all large particle.
What can you take to change small particle LDL into large particle? Is there a certain supplement or foods that can help with this?
The only supplement I read about that might change LDL particle size to large is Niacin. I thought I read that olive oil, okra, and some other foods change the particle size to large, but I can't find the the article right now.

I only had one VAP test, but I asked the CEO of my nutrition company if my change in diet (reduced saturated fat), and taking plant sterols and Policosanol could have made my LDL particles large and he said possibly. He also said that the small particle HDL is more beneficial than the large particle HDL because it gets into the small spaces in the arteries and gets the small LDL particles out, but every article I've read on-line states that large particle HDL is more beneficial, so I'm confused. I posted a question on this board about which HDL particle size is more beneficial, but never received a response. I have more small particle HDL than large particle, but both sizes are over the test markers.
[QUOTE=jacal5;3735022] I posted a question on this board about which HDL particle size is more beneficial, but never received a response. I have more small particle HDL than large particle, but both sizes are over the test markers.[/QUOTE]

Which is more beneficial?

Asian Indians have a higher incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) than do other ethnic groups, despite having similar risk factors and lipid profiles.

A study carried out in 2004 compared various lipoprotein concentrations and sizes in 211 healthy Asian Indian men with those in 1,684 Caucasian men, measured by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Concentrations of HDL cholesterol were similar, but concentrations of large HDL cholesterol were lower and concentrations of small HDL cholesterol were significantly higher in Asian Indian than in Caucasian men.

Levels of LDL, LDL particle size, and prevalence of pattern B were similar.

The above points to a larger HDL particle size being more beneficial.
Having said that, what unknown factors have been overlooked prior to drawing to a conclusion from a study of comparison?

Taffyboyo.
Thanks for the info, Taffyboyo.

If I find any research to the contrary, I will post it.

My LP(a) protein is 10, even with the test marker, so I have a prescription for Niaspan, I figured I would try it and see if the LP(a) came down, but I haven't taken it regularly, my doc moved away, and I need to find a new doc to discuss taking the Niaspan and see if I need my liver tested if I decide to take it daily.

At this point, I don't know if my LDL will stay large particle for the rest of my life, and I was thinking maybe the niacin will help keep it that way, but who knows.....
[QUOTE=jacal5;3734867]Peanut butter should be lowering your LDL because it's an unsaturated fat. Make sure there no trans-fats or saturated fats in your natural peanut butter, brands like Skippy Natural Peanut Butter have no trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oil), but it does contain palm oil which is a saturated fat.

Don't forget about the particle size of your LDL, large particle LDL doesn't stick
in your arteries, so depending on your particle size, the rise in LDL might not matter. My LDL is 142, and HDL is 68, but my LDL is all large particle.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the information. How to I find out what size the particle is? I had the blood test taken in the doctors office (14 hours fasting). They called me up on the phone a few days later and gave me the cholesterol results. Would that report also give me the particle size? Or is it another form of blood work?
Thanks again !!





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