This tool was created by Dave Feldman, a low carb eating advocate, and someone who has conducted countless blood tests on himself to test hypotheses on the relationship between eating and lipid measurements.
His background is in engineering, not medical science. But I don’t hold this against his work.
I input my lipid numbers into this tool and found I was in the green zone for all three risk reports. My cardiologist would wholeheartedly disagree with this assessment but I find Feldman’s tool more credible.
I do have coronary artery disease, however, as measured by a coronary artery calcium CT scan. The one-year follow-up scan shows that my disease has stabilized, a result that came from a comprehensive lifestyle program that I believe was much more effective than taking a statin. I eliminated all grains in my diet as one measure. Most coronary artery disease progresses at a rate of 20-30% per year. Mine dropped by 2%.
I have a total cholesterol of 226 mg/dL and LDL of 153 mg/dL, both of these number are objectionably high when considered by traditional clinicians. My triglycerides come in at a low 62 mg/dL and HDL at a strong 61 mg/dL.
When I met with the cardiologist to review these numbers, he was totally unimpressed with my triglycerides and HDL, while he viewed my total cholesterol and LDL as troubling.
I don’t believe that high cholesterol causes heart disease but it may indicate an underlying factor that is causal. I think future generations will look back on this era of cholesterol hysteria and the corporate fortunes made on statins and just shake their heads.
I realize that my position is controversial and I don’t state it simply to stir up conflict. I have no credentials or expertise to back up my opinions. I have, however, spent hundreds of hours reviewing the literature, read with the focus of someone who has skin in the game.
I do think there’s some truth in Dave Feldman’s beta cholesterol tool but you won’t find many clinicians who put much stock in the underlying concepts.