Explain my slightly elevated cholesterol!?

I have a slightly elevated cholesterol of 208 in my most recent blood work. I am 28 years old, slightly underweight and a vegetarian (I eat fish as well) with no family history of high cholesterol. I have never had high cholesterol readings in any previous blood work. What could be the cause of this? Is it possible that I am very sensitive to any kind of animal products and that I should eliminate eggs and all dairy from my diet? I typically eat low fat or reduced fat yogurt – I am lactose intolerant so dairy is not a huge part of my diet. I don’t eat a lot of shellfish and I very rarely eat butter. I use Olive Oil and Canola Oil for any kind of cooking oils and I really dislike fried foods. Please share with me any thoughts or experiences regarding my recent elevated cholesterol if you have any. Thank you.

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  • Your cholesterol reading of 208 is your "total" cholesterol–your HDL and LDL cholesterol readings combined.

    LDL (low density lipoproteins) is the "bad" cholesterol type.
    HDL (high density lipoproteins) is the "good" cholesterol type.

    Unless your cholesterol reading is broken down into HDL/LDL types (and the ratio between them), your total cholesterol of 208 may not be cause for alarm.

    You may want to ask your physician for a breakdown into HDL and LDL cholesterols and their ratio in your next bloodwork.

    My own cholesterol stays between 190-210, and my physician says it’s because I exercise and my HDL cholesterol level is good.

  • It’s been recently discovered that sugar (and simple carbs) damage the interior of our arteries causing inflamation. This damage is then mitigated by the body by producing cholestrol in an attempt to "patch" the damage creating atherosclerosis (accumulated cholestrol that hardens the arteries). Even with absolutely no saturated and trans fats you can actually get high cholestrol by eating too many simple carbs. What you need to do is never have these things:
    1) No sugar,or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in anything.
    2) No potatoes (new potatoes are better, sweet potatoes are irinically good too)
    3) No white bread, no white rice and no white pasta (all whole grain versions are ok in moderation)
    4) only eat fruit AFTER a meal, never as a snack or by itself. Fruit although healthy for us does spike our insulin if eaten alone and that spike puts the body into that "patching" mode due to an increase in blood sugar and its consequent arterial damage.

    That’s all. This will in fact lower you cholestrol by your next blood work. Good luck.

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