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From: Ricardo (
Subject:         Nuts on a VLF Diet
Date: December 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm PST

In Reply to: Nuts on a VLF Diet posted by Ricardo on December 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm:

Dear Herman,
more thoughts on situations when we
suspect that we are too low on fat:

I would like to comment about my experiences with
that. I went to the doctor after going vegan for
about 2 years, my cholesterol numbers went to the
floor. My doctor advised me to reduce statins by
half the doses I was on. He said that our bodies
need a minimum level of cholesterol. He said I
should not keep total cholesterol at the levels I
was having (too low).

Please notice that my Total cholesterol got to 74
(to reverse is <150); VLDL got to 13 (to reverse is
< 30) and LDL got 17 (to reverse is < 100).

After I started having half of statins these numbers
went higher to levels accepted by that doctor.

My conclusion on all this: it is necessary to
measure fats in the blood to see if we are too low
(or to high)on fat and only measuring Total
Cholesterol, VLDL, LDL and other fats we can decide
with MDs how much fat and statins should we take.
With HDL (good cholesterol) is a little different,
as when we start with statins, exercises and vegan,
total cholesterol goes down also pulling down HDL.
HDL also goes down and that should be considered
"normal", in a range, according to that doctor.

To balance food, medicines and exercises is
necessary. Only measuring all that is the way to
tune our bodies to have effective prevention or
reversion of CAD, without running into the unknown.

My guess however is that to be fat is more
dangerous than to be skinny...and this is what I say
to my wife when she comments that my clothes are
getting much larger to be used by me...

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