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Author Topic: Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL  (Read 1436 times)

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Offline PozBrian

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Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL
« on: October 27, 2009, 04:16:27 PM »
The short story is my HDL and LDL are dropping. Both are are well below the lower limits and have been on a downward slope for the last 5 or 6 months. Currently my HDL is at 10, (normal range is 29-71) and LDL is at 44 (normal range 65-130.) My total cholesterol is currently at 102 which is considered normal as it it is below 200 but well below my pre-HIV range of 150-190.

My Dr said that a low HDL is a risk for cardiovascular disease and she put me on fish oil pills to try to raise it. She also that exercise should help raise it. After a brief internet search I found there isn't much to do to raise HDL. After years of non-fat milk I got some 2% too. (yech)

Could my low LDL and HDL numbers be a precursor to lipo problems? My Dr didn't seem to think there was a casual relationship though she did say they might be associated. The other thing I didn't think of until later was could it be leading to wasting? I have dropped about 10 (unwanted) pounds over the last 6 months. I know that doesn't fit the technical definition for wasting, just wondering.

My VL numbers are good but my CD4's are yet to come back but I've had some other infections that might be keeping them down. The HDL and LDL numbers are the only things that worrisome right now.  Anyone else have this upside down cholesterol problem?
3/8 CD4: 495, 31%, VL UD
2/1 CD4: 564, 20%.VL UD, switching to Issentress & truvada
10/11 CD4: 446, 29%, VL UD
7/11 CD4: 873, 35%, VL UD
4/11 CD4: 573, 34% VL 0
12/10 CD4: 405, 30% VL UD
9/10 CD4: 416, 31% VL UD
5/10 CD4: 393, 29% VL: UD
02/10 CD4: 423, 37% VL: UD
11/09 CD4: 379, 25% VL: UNDETECTABLE!!
10/09 CD4: 245, 25% VL: 87
9/09 CD4: 246, 24% VL: 49!
8/09 CD4: 277, 26% VL: 115
7/09 CD4: 346, 24% VL: 221
6/09 started Atripla
5/09 CD4: 326, 16%  VL:125000
4/09 HIV +, CD4: 397, 16%  VL:195000, PPD reactive

Offline weasel

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Re: Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009, 11:06:31 PM »
Hey Brain  :) ,
                      Do your self a favor !

    STOP   eating   sugar ,  White rice !    ANY FOOD THAT IS WHITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Cerial  with sugar !

    USE   RAW HONEY !

      Watch what you eat !

    CRAP is NOT food !


    I have NEVER  had a problem with my  cholesterol !    EVER !

    See if you can find the thread on  " Mediterranean " diet !

   IT WORKS !


   Fast food and Frozen  dinners will  kill you !

    Do NOT eat BEEF !!

    Find a nutritionest !   you really need to eat right !

               wishing you the best ,
                                                Carl

P.S. EAT WELL
" Live and let Live "

Offline PozBrian

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Re: Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009, 12:40:07 AM »
Hey Carl,
  Don't those things, fast food et. al. tend to raise cholesterol? ??? My problem is that they are low, not high. Not arguing that I should probably eat better, but my diet hasn't really changed in the last few years.  The numbers where in the normal range and began dropping sharply in the last 3-4 months, after becoming HIV+. I don't see how changing to a diet designed to lower cholesterol levels would raise them.
rian
3/8 CD4: 495, 31%, VL UD
2/1 CD4: 564, 20%.VL UD, switching to Issentress & truvada
10/11 CD4: 446, 29%, VL UD
7/11 CD4: 873, 35%, VL UD
4/11 CD4: 573, 34% VL 0
12/10 CD4: 405, 30% VL UD
9/10 CD4: 416, 31% VL UD
5/10 CD4: 393, 29% VL: UD
02/10 CD4: 423, 37% VL: UD
11/09 CD4: 379, 25% VL: UNDETECTABLE!!
10/09 CD4: 245, 25% VL: 87
9/09 CD4: 246, 24% VL: 49!
8/09 CD4: 277, 26% VL: 115
7/09 CD4: 346, 24% VL: 221
6/09 started Atripla
5/09 CD4: 326, 16%  VL:125000
4/09 HIV +, CD4: 397, 16%  VL:195000, PPD reactive

Offline frenchpat

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Re: Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009, 02:56:54 AM »
Could my low LDL and HDL numbers be a precursor to lipo problems? My Dr didn't seem to think there was a casual relationship though she did say they might be associated. The other thing I didn't think of until later was could it be leading to wasting?

I doubt there is a link in both those cases. I experienced wasting and lipo way before my cholesterol levels became out of the norm. The wasting was reversed after I started meds. The lipo came, some probably because of the meds (Zerit). My blood lipids got most affected by a change in meds.

Diet can influence those levels, as well as being physically active. My good cholesterol is slowly rising again and my triglycerides, though still high, have been halfed since I added fish oil to my regimen and rode my bicycle more. BTW, riding the bike has had a very positive effect on my lipo deflated butt too  ;)

Hope this helps,

Pat
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