My cholesterol

The lowest cholesterol I’ve ever seen.  Maybe too low.  From my recent visit to my internist.  I’m still on small dose of lipitor (10mg) from several years ago when I was much heavier, got very ill, and maybe had a small heart attack.  My doc wants me to continue, but I wonder…

My HDL (high density lipoprotein, or “good cholesterol”) is higher than ever – this generally reflects exercise.

My hsCRP was also in the normal range – this means a relatively low amount of inflammation.  Obesity causes inflammation, and inflammation damages blood vessels, leading to heart attack, stroke, impotence, dialysis…

See bottom p 5 for my eating plan in most recent newsletter to see how I eat to get it so low.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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