• 5 months ago

    High cholesterol

    On January 11, I took a cholesterol test and was told my cholesterol had jumped to 253! Strangely, my HDL was 91, my LDL was 152 but my triglyceride was only 48. I don't want to go on statins unless absolutely necessary. I already ate pretty healthy, but too much fat and sugar. The next day, I embraced a new meal plan. Each morning, a half cup of old fashioned oats, one TB of nut butter, an apple or berries, low fat milk. Lots of vegetables. No butter, ice cream or cookies, etc. fish twice a week, no fried foods. I plan to recheck after 3 months. I've been consistent, I think what really has helped is that I now use a food diary and record everything.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: High cholesterol

    Hi - I wanted to share an option with you if your new life changes don't bring your cholesterol down as far as you'd like. There are two sources of cholesterol - that which is contained in the food you eat and that which your body produces. Some people - me included - are predisposed to producing more cholesterol than others - maybe a genetic trait. While changing your diet to reduce the cholesterol you eat it will not change the amount you produce. Several years ago studies were just beginning to look at the ability of plant sterols to reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the body. I was trying to decrease my cholesterol as it was considerably higher than yours (yikes!) and read about the potential for plant sterols to address my cholesterol issue. I found an over-the-counter plant sterol product called CholestOff that's made by Nature Made (and no - I get no benefit from them for sharing this info) and decided to try it. The results at my next doctor's visit were remarkable. I actually went off of it once between visits and my cholesterol jumped up again and I've taken it ever since. There are 3 different CholestOff products - CholestOff Complete is the one that addresses the cholesterol produced in the body. There are no known side effects that I'm aware of and I haven't had any problems taking it. Please don't take this as the gospel truth - I do a lot of research when I'm trying to learn about any health issue, and I'd suggest you do the same - as well as talking to your health care provider. I hope this will at least give you a starting point to pursue an additional option to get your cholesterol where it needs to be. Good luck and Good health!
      • 4 months ago
        Thanks for sharing this!!
        Do you know if it works on both diet & predisposition?
      • 4 months ago
        shellik - All three products do - the Cholestoff Complete is the only one that reduces the production of LDL cholesterol in the liver. Here's a link to the Nature Made page that explains the products and how the sterols and stanols work. (You can also just go to www.naturemade.com and enter Cholestoff in the search tool.) A good place to start if you're looking to try this. http://www.naturemade.com/search-results?query=cholestoff#GsvhijQpWZWGecCg.97
      • 4 months ago
        Hi again Shellik - Just realized I didn't answer your question specifically so here goes - The Cholestoff Complete is the only one that reduces both; the Cholestoff Original and Cholestoff Plus only work on the dietary cholesterol.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: High cholesterol

    What explanation did your doctor have? Those are really weird numbers. Have you discussed the new diet with the doctor? Do you remember what you ate in the 48 hours before the test? Why wait three months to re-check? Did you use the same lab as usual?
  • 4 months ago

    RE: High cholesterol

    Tell me you knew to fast before that blood work. Eating before cholesterol testing can definitely get you high numbers.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: High cholesterol

    I admire your plan of eating real healthy. We'll await the result of your bld test after 3 mos & hope all your numbers will be w/in normal. I guess you don't have any cardiac problem so good luck. I'll reply again when the results are back.