Just got my blood values back. Seems like my LDL values are way to high. (4,36 mmol/l where the highest value should be 3,36).
I work out regularly, at least 4 times a week. I have a very strict diet. Mostly protein based (meat) with vegetables. No bread, no diaries, no fats besides Omega3. Although, due to my job I tend to eat somewhat irregularly. I use supplements, protein, glutamine and vitamins. Some days more shakes, than others... Sometimes bars... But I wouldn´t say that it is more or less then before. I believe I am more strict on diet than ever.
I use 250 mg Test a week.
So guess my surprise when the doctor recommended low fat diet due to elevated LDL levels.
What could be the reason?
Are you taking an AI? Your story sounds very similar to mine.
I did my first cycle in 13 years last summer, got great results, and after some advice I got on this very board, looked into going the self administered trt route. The only issue I've ever had with cholesterol was borderline low HDL.
I ran a 10 week tren/prop 100mg EOD cycle, and after that was done I dropped to 250mg of sust (125mg/2xweek). I got my bloodwork done in November about four weeks after the cycle, and the only cholesterol related issue was a little high LDL calc number (even my troublesome HDL was okay). My estradiol was 61 so I started taking armidex at either .25/.50 two or three times a week. My next bloodwork was in January, and this time all my cholesterol numbers were out of whack. I lowered my test dosage to 125mg every six days, cut out the armidex, and with my recent bloodwork everything was back to normal.
So tl;dr, maybe your 250 a week is a little high, or perhaps an AI raised your cholesterol.
Regarding niacin: my doc had given me some well before I cycled and I never took it, but after my bad panel I decided to try it. The dosage was two 500mg tabs three times a day. I knew the side was "flushing", but I didn't know exactly what that entailed. I popped two tabs one day and I felt like my body was on fire. I turned red as a beet for 30 minutes, and got so nauseous I had to lay down. That was the end of that experiment lol. I've since been given advice to ease into that dosage, and I'm currently mustering up the courage to try it again.
I'll also add I take fish oil, red yeast rice, and flaxseed supplements.