Unfortunately a healthy lifestyle doesn't protect us from genetic predispositions- the good news is that your cholesterol will be manageable with medication! I know it'll be a stressful few weeks, but it is better to know and take care of the problem!
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Think of how much worse off you would be if you weren't exercising and eating healthy! I too have a genetic predisposition for thyroid disease and diabetes, and Grandpa had high cholesterol, but he ate horrible for years. Sorry to hear that you have the inevitable to battle.
Be careful about Nutrition Labels. In a recent news study, it was reported that much of the labels out there hide what they really are. When something is said to be "Sugar Free" or "Non Fat", you will see a spike in other ingredients that is usually just as unhealthy as eating the regular things. In a nonfat product, you'll usually see more sugar. In a sugar free product, more sugar alcohols and sodium. Nutrition Labels are confusing The Government doesn't require the food manufacturers to show 1 Gram of Trans Fat if there is actually less than one gram of trans fat. It is the same as other ingredients. So, the bottom line of it is, try to eat fresh, non-boxed, whole foods that haven't been processed so that you know exactly what is in it.
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Genetics are a BIG part of the heart health equation that you (unfortunately) can not control. I have a teenage cousin with high cholesterol despite eating healthy, being very slim, and being a star high school swimmer. My uncle runs 5km every morning, eats healthy, is very slender, and has had bypass surgery for heart disease. Know that you are not alone in the hard fought heart health fight and keep living healthy!
Edited by: SPORTYLAWGIRL at: 3/23/2013 (12:01)
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Genetics is one part of our life that unfortunately one cannot do much about, however, this does not mean your hard work by embracing the habits of healthy living is not paying off. I totally get you being bummed, though--after losing 80 pounds, developing an 8 year long habit of exercise, I still must take medication for blood pressure, but thankfully it is still under control and all is well considering.
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Well, i went to the docs and had labs run for a yearly checkups. I was feeling pretty good about it and then yesterday i got an eye opening call back. The lady on the phone from the Doctors office tells me that my doctor got my labs back and that my cholesterol was high and something else I'm not sure about yet. She said the doctor wants you to eat a low fat diet and induce your exercise, and come back for more labs in two weeks. What? I'm shocked. I am in good health(I thought) and already eat a low fat diet. I already do 90minutes of strength training and 45minutes of care a day. That should be plenty right. All I can say is it's got to be genetics. My mom and grandfather have had heart attacks and high blood pressure runs deep on that side of the family. So I'm guessing I am already doing what they asked of me plus I take krill oil, and a garlic once a day. So I was really surprised that My numbers are high. I have to wait till I go back in two weeks to see how high and what the next step is. Bummed.
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