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  1. BigTex

    Rethinking Cholesterol and Saturated Fats in the Diet

    One of the top researchers in the world today is a guy who I have known since 1995, Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D. He is one of the leading experts in lipoprotein metabolism and ketogenic diets. Dr. Jeff Volek is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. A...
  2. S

    High cheese consumption boosted my HDL

    This is for the people that want to increase their HDL. I am not on TRT and my usual HDL is around 60 mg/dL. About 1.5months ago, I started a diet with a high cheese consumption: 8 oz cheese daily = about 900 calories, out of about 2000 total daily calories (my diet is mainly cheese, rice...
  3. BigTex

    Cholesterol and building muscle

    Chang Woock Lee, Teak V Lee, Vincent CW Chen, Steve Bui, and Steven E Riechman. Dietary Cholesterol Affects Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Acute Resistance Exercise. FASEB Vol. 25, No. 1_supplement April 2011...
  4. W

    Cholesterol Hormone Pathway

    In regards to the hormone pathway where cholesterol turns into Pregnelone to start the downstream path for the hormones. What happens to that cholesterol if you’re not on hcg? Does it sit there just building up in the arteries because it has nowhere to go?
  5. M


    I updated 2 lipid tests both drawn at same day/time: STANDARD PANEL and the ADVANCED PANEL 1 (with ref ranges) and ADVANCED PANEL 2 (historical graphs) Here’s a comparison with PREVIOUS STANDARD PANEL and PREVIOUS ADVANCED PANEL. With this comparison, you can now see how misleading standard...
  6. M


    Expected discouragement has set in after getting my CAC score update. Everything I could think of in my power to shunt my last CAC test in the opposite direction has apparently failed when I saw that my score has essentially tripled in the last three years. Something has gone askew, against what...
  7. A

    Has your Cholesterol been affected by TRT?

    No issues yet, and Im 1 year in, but Ive read that TRT causes skewered lipids in almost everyone on TRT. has this been the case for you? if so, what did you do for it?
  8. Vince

    Cholesterol lowering has no impact

    You can build it, but will they come? Dr. Malcolm Kendrick 5th August 2020 This article was first published on on the 4th of August, and it can be seen here In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic almost every other medical condition has been shoved onto the side-lines. However, in the...
  9. S

    Lipid panel questions

    I wanted to get some thoughts on my most recent lipid panel. I’ve never smoked, drink occasionally, not overweight, exercise every day and the only medication I take is testosterone. My docs trying to push a statin on me but I’m really weary of those considering the potential side effects. Any...
  10. J

    ADVICE NEEDED! What is this telling me?

    Hi gang. I don't even know where to post this or where to I'll just go for it. On TRT since 2012. That includes hCG and anastrozole. My injections have been a Cypionate/Enthanate/Nandrolone blend 1mL IM per week, spaced out in 3 shots. 50u of hCH twice a week. 0.25mg anastrozole...
  11. S

    Statin use and TRT

    I wanted to get some feedback from any members that are or have taken statins. My cholesterol has been in the 210-240 range since my early 20s. My HDL is normally 55-60 and triglycerides in the 60-80 range. I’m not overweight, don’t smoke, drink occasionally, no family history of heart disease...
  12. A

    My cholesterol is low

    I don't quite get it. I eat 3-4 eggs everyday.
  13. N

    Do all Aromatse Inhibitors affect cholesterol?

    I’ve been reading a lot about Aromatse Inhibitors since my last labs. In March my HDL was 36. September 34.... prior to March I was barely working out and had almost no routine in the gym and my diet was horrendous. Since March though I’ve been working out hard, I’ve put on 15 pounds of lean...
  14. DixieWrecked

    HCG and/or Pregnenolone Effect on Cholesterol

    First time post! Thanks for the great forum. I've learned a ton. Along with my own TRT journey and analysis of my own families health concerns I began to speculate that the reason my father's (and mine) cholesterol is "genetically" high is because his hormone levels are low. I then ran...
  15. D

    Are you scared about your HDL going down on T.R.T??

    Hi Guys been on Nelson's forum for a good while but like too make a very important post. I been on T.R.T for 3 months & half on the Injection protocol prior to that it was 2 Months on Transdermal Compounded TEST Cream, going for a Cholesterol test soon. By how much did your HDL values drop on...
  16. E

    New Research Confirms We Got Cholesterol All Wrong

    A comprehensive new study on cholesterol, based on results from more than a million patients, could help upend decades of government advice about diet, nutrition, health, prevention, and medication. "No evidence exists to prove that having high levels of bad cholesterol causes heart disease...
  17. S

    UPDATE // New Member w/TRT protocol from Defy. Please compare, critique and advise!

    Hello Guys! 36 years old, in good shape, commendable physique, 5'10", 183lbs (83kg), 12%BF, Low T for at least 5 years. Tried every diet and lifestyle change possible to address this but to no avail. Finally making the TRT jump! Here are my lab numbers (LabCorp): Testosterone, Serum ...
  18. Nelson Vergel

    One More Reason to Take NAC: It May Dissolve Plaque

    At least administered via IV in mice. Cough syrup effective in stroke Paris, 12 June 2017 N-acetylcysteine (Mucomyst®, Exomuc®, Fluimucyl®) is commonly used as a treatment for clearing mucus from the airways, but researchers from Inserm Unit 1237, “Physiopathology and Imaging of...
  19. Nelson Vergel

    The lipid-lowering effect of levothyroxine in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism: a systematic

    The lipid-lowering effect of levothyroxine in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials Summary Objectives Dyslipidaemia is common in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH). To date, there is no universal agreement...
  20. Nelson Vergel

    Everything You Know About Cholesterol Is Wrong

    From the cool site Art of Manliness Back in 2013 when I published the results of my testosterone-boosting experiment, I got chided by many commenters for recommending a diet high in cholesterol and fat. According to them, I was promoting a dangerous diet that would lead to heart disease and...
  21. Nelson Vergel

    Do Walnuts Really Improve Artery Function?

    Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption may only drop our cholesterol levels about 5%. How could we get a 50% drop in cardiac mortality from just a 5% drop in cholesterol...
  22. Nelson Vergel

    Large LDL and small HDL particles: The best combination

    Large LDL and small HDL particles: The best combination High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is one of the five main types of lipoproteins found in circulation, together with very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and chylomicrons...
  23. Nelson Vergel

    Why does testosterone therapy decrease HDL cholesterol in some men?

    This HDL lowering effect is seen at higher testosterone doses. Relationship of plasma HDL-Cholesterol to testosterone, estradiol, and sex-hormone-binding globulin levels in men and women James Semmens et al. Metabolism Volume 32, Issue 5, May 1983, Pages 428–432 Abstract The significance...
  24. Nelson Vergel

    Effect of testosterone replacement therapy on lipids in men with low T

    Effect of testosterone replacement therapy on lipids and lipoproteins in hypogonadal and elderly men. Authors Zgliczynski S, et al. Journal Atherosclerosis. 1996 Mar;121(1):35-43. Abstract We investigated the effects of long-term testosterone replacement in hypogonadal and elderly men on...
  25. JWSimpkins

    Is Cholesterol Really the Cause of Heart Disease?

    We all know that cholesterol is bad for us, right? At least that's the story we've all been told by conventional medicine and government health agencies for decades now. But what would you say if I told you that cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease and that it's actually essential to your...
  26. Nelson Vergel

    New Cholesterol Advice Startles Even Some Doctors

    A lot of us are not fond of statins. They have been shown to potentially cause muscle breakdown and erectile dysfunction among other side effects. Now these guidelines come out that are startling some doctors. Is the pharmaceutical industry losing this battle now that a respected guidelines...
  27. JWSimpkins

    Niacin and Cholesterol

    Hey guys, Has anyone had success lowering LDL cholesterol with high dose Niacin?
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