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  1. Jay says:

    I’ve been reading several authors claim sugar causes small dense LDL (bad) to rise. What do you think? If not then what does cause the VLDL to rise? I know Peat’s mentioned PUFA leading to oxidized LDL (bad), but so many are saying small dense LDL is bad too. I think scientest Ron Krauss and mentioned cheese on burger rises VLDL maybe it’s sugar enhances iron absorption and the iron raises VLDL. Coffee blocks iron absorption of course and blood donations lower iron too, but does sugar directly raise the VLDL?

    • DanM@cowseatgrass says:

      “Estrogen clearly decreases the size of the LDL particles (Campos, et al., 1997). The LDL particles also get smaller at menopause, and in polycystic ovary syndrome, and in preeclamptic pregnancies, all of which involve a low ratio of progesterone to estrogen…The LDL particle size is increased by androgens…Chylomicrons and VLDL also absorb, bind, and help to eliminate endotoxins.” Ray Peat

      Perhaps they are conflating sugar consumption with sugar dysregulation…or perhaps they are ignoring other factors like the PUFAs…or misinterpreting what can occur as a result of stressful, inflammatory, thyroid dysregulating conditions…but I don’t know without knowing more about what they argued.

  2. Bea says:

    Even with over 30 symtoms of thyroid dsyfunction and having had 3 head injuries I was deemed delusional because I kept asking about my thyroid health. After having a system allergic reaction to estrogen and synthetic progestin I was allowed to try natural progesterone. If you know how to ask, women can get natural progesterone on the NHS. The irony is the natural progesterone tablet contains soy oil. I had worked out that soy milk caused me to have heart palpitations. On the basis that I had a reaction to soy I was eventually allowed to try Cyclogest, which is supposed to be still made to Dr Katharina Dalton’s specifications. A life time of distress is slowly resolving. I am now allowed 400mg twice a day. I still can get heart palitations from between 160 – 180 bpm for up to 8 hours. However, they are much less frequent. Now I can walk for 30 minutes before getting dizzy and needing to sit down to recover my breath. My ill health was only taken seriously when I brought a man to my appointments to advocate for me. Women in England, probably in the UK wide, can only seem to get thyroid on an NHS prescription if they have thyroid cancer. Therefore, if like me you’ve been unable to work for 20 years due to chronic ill health, advocating for natural progesterone would be the next best approach.
    Hope this information is useful to someone
    PS natural progesterone has helped with lots of other symtoms than just heart related…