I read somewhere that Cholesterol particle size is way more important than the absolute numbers. Today, I just received my report and to my surprise, the LDL is extremely high, despite the fact that I consume >80% whole foods. Could a typical bodybuilder diet (i.e. high protein, plenty of chicken breast, eggs etc) result in this? Would love to hear your opinion on this, thanks!
Hey Dylan as an NP I would look at other cholesterol tests like the Boston Heart or NMR lipid profile which break down the particle size and quantity. Also genetics play a role so if there is a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease it makes you more at risk to have higher cholesterol.
Something to note is that your HDL is very high at 102 which is great and can off set LDL overall.
Finally if there is a family history of heart disease ask your doctor about getting a CT calcium score done at some point which looks at plaque buildup in the arteries in the heart and is overall much more accurate than blood results. Hope this helps