Samantha, I wasn’t worried about my cholesterol either, especially since there was a new book written by a Harvard graduate, which said that our thinking about cholesterol wasn’t correct. He went on to misquote several cardiologists, who spoke out later about being misquoted. I ignored my LDL level even when it went up to 216, because my HDL was 100 and my triglycerides were 36. I thought I was in the clear. It wasn’t until I was beginning a hike, and realized I was suddenly fatigued and my arms were unusually heavy, that I knew something was very wrong. I went straight to the ER.
I was aware of someone who had been on the Bernstein diet who had a stroke and a heart attack on the same day and died, so although I was shocked, that warning was in my mind. I ended up with two stents.
I have a Welsh and English background. I grew up eating meat as most Americans do, but I did not love it. I loved dairy and eggs though. Vegetables were ok, but not great. I liked grains and still do.
My LDL consists of mostly large fluffy particles, which was another reason I believed that high LDL couldn’t hurt me. How wrong I was. I am getting my levels broken down again this week, because I am interested in the information. I also want to know what my ApoB level is. My cardiologist used to look deeper into his patient’s particle levels, but eventually realized that plaque was caused by high LDL levels, no matter what the particles are. My LDL is now down to 68-70 without a statin.
People like to say that cholesterol doesn’t matter
because 50% of people who have had heart attacks or stents had low cholesterol. That isn’t really true, because once a person gets stents or has had a heart attack, their LDL falls to normal levels. It doesn’t mean that their cholesterol levels were low before they had the heart attack or stents. When people die from a sudden heart attack, their levels of cholesterol are not checked until death, so of course their levels are then normal. My LDL number came right down with stents.
Also during the time that my husband and I were low carbing, I would faint from low blood pressure and would get complicated migraines, which entirely went away once I started eating a diet of plant based carbs. Also, my husband had esophageal cancer and prostate cancer while I had the beginnings of bladder cancer while low carbing. I also had chronic fatigue.
We both feel so much better now. Even my husband, whose ancestors came from Germany, is experiencing much better health. His dad died at 74 and his brother at 65. Both ate a lot of meat and dairy with every meal.
People with diabetes need to remember that we need to be aware of the health of the whole body, not just glucose levels. I learned the hard way. I live what I consider a healthy life now. Also I live a life in which I don’t hurt animals. Factory farming is so horrendous for the animals, and something that hurts me morally and spiritually, and of course the environment suffers too.
I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Bernstein, but his woe certainly doesn’t work for everyone.