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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,177
3/9/13 9:05 A

I agree that you need to go to your own doctor. Cholesterol can be inherited from a family member so no matter how young it can happen. Also it is known....

More cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat.

No butter but Olive Oil, no concentrated sweets like cakes, candies, and pies, no trans fat and saturated fats but I do include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Eating Omega 3's not only will bring down your triglycerides but help raise your HDL which is your good cholesterol. Seeds...sunflower seeds, pistachios, almonds, sesame seeds and pecans are the top five for lowering cholesterol. Walnuts are good for your heart too, so I eat 4 walnuts a day.

I skip the typical side dish of pasta, potatoes, or rice and have seasoned beans...add chickpeas to my beans and dark leafy greens.

I avoid bacon, sausage, pork, and poultry with the skin on, salami, and eat foods low in cholesterol, such as fruits, legumes, whole grains, and vegetables Sardines also have Omega 3's. I also avoid red it causes inflammation.

Pistachios also help lower BP and cholesterol so I have 28 a day. Pumpkin seeds have been known to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol and also Seasame Seeds. I love green beans with sesame seeds as a topper and I even put them on broccolli and in salads and my oatmeal.

Poppy Seeds, Flax Seeds have good Omega 3's....Caraway Seeds

Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Basil...these spices helped me.

Oatmeal is probably the best way to lower cholesterol. because it cotains soluable fiber...just like kidney beans, apples, pears, and even barley....cholesterol fighting fiber.

Hope you see your doctor soon. Good Luck!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/9/2013 (09:08)
3/9/13 2:21 A

Here's a recipe that I use. It has brought my cholesterol down and it's all natural. Instead of blending in a blender, I use minced garlic and just swallow them whole. (cuts down on the garlic breath) I also don't use quite as much as 8 cloves.
My cholesterol came down 70 points in just a few months. Avoiding sugar also helps. I've heard the body converts sugar into cholesterol.
This recipe was first published in Prevention magazine several years ago.

1 cup apple cider vinegar
8 garlic cloves
1 cup honey


Blend 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 8 cloves of garlic. (I add to a spill proof container and shake well.)

Add 1 cup of honey and blend or shake well.

Store and steep in the fridge for 4 days before using the first time. Store in fridge until it's gone.

Shake before putting 1 Tbsp into a glass, mix with 4 oz water, stir well and drink this daily. At night before bed works best.

JLTRACY Posts: 462
3/8/13 1:42 P

I have told that fresh garlic helps to reduce cholesterol.

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
3/8/13 12:08 P

ok. Thats what I planned on doing.
Thank you all emoticon

3/7/13 2:14 P

I need a follow up test with your doctor (which should also look at your complete lipid profile).

Dietitian becky

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3/7/13 1:09 P

Just me, but Id have that result verified with a medical doctor and a true fasting blood test. It is to the insurance companies benefit to say that you have high cholesterol because they can then use that as a reason to charge you more. I'd also be a little suspicious if they came to my house themselves to do it and only told me to fast for 4 hours. But then I tend to be suspicious of most things like that.

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
3/7/13 12:21 P

Well see here is the thing. I just recently found out I had high cholesterol through a life insurance test. They asked that we stop eating 4 hours before, not the 24 they came and drew our blood. My cholesterol according to them was 273! I am on birth control which I have read can affect it. Should I be worried or was it just not a very accurate test?

3/5/13 2:22 P

I assume you had fasting blood work done by your doctor or a community clinic???

Losing weight (for someone who is overweight) will usually help improve your lipid profile.

Then there are dietary interventions too. Has your doctor referred you to a heart healthy class in your community or hospital??

SP Dietitian Becky

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3/5/13 1:34 P

You can track your cholesterol on your nutrition tracker and learn which foods are higher in cholersterol. Also, avoiding alcohol seems to improve cholesterol. When choosing meats, choose lean cuts of beef, white meat turkey and chicken and try to incorporate one or two meatless days during the week. Fish is usually low in cholesterol. Here is a link to a Spark article about cholesterol. Good Luck!

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3/5/13 1:28 P

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
3/5/13 1:05 P

What are someways I can naturally lower my cholesterol besides exericise? I have been exercising at least 3 days a week for an hour each session. I just recently found out I have high cholesterol and I am 24. Help

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