Have oatmeal for breakfast most days. Exercise regularly. Eat a balanced diet low in fats. That's about all you can do without meds. As some others have said some meds (especially statins like Lipitor, Provastatin, etc.) have been beneficial for other health reasons so if you doctor says you need them then take them.
How high is your cholesterol? If it is below 200 mg/dL you are good. You also want to look at your HDL cholesterol. You want that above 40 mg/DL, if it is about 60 you are doing even better. Having a higher HDL can help counteract the bad cholesterols in your blood stream. The only ways to lower your cholesterol are to eat healthy and exercise and be at a healthy weight. It sounds like you are on the right track. Some people need further help but you can get advice and medication from your doctor if it is needed. You are right, sometimes it is hereditary and when that happens you can't do much but try and live a healthy lifestyle. My cholesterol was running on the high end of normal but since I really kicked my butt into gear with my new healthy lifestyle I have seen a decrease from 180 to 150. I run blood tests for my career and we do cholesterol and lipid panels all the time at my job. See if your HDL is high and that will decrease your risk factors. There are also ways to increase your HDL through certain foods and exercise.
Garlic oil and omega-3 fish oil capsules can help. Flax seed oil also.
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I am trying to cut out all red meats and have gone to eating chicken, tuna and chicken! My whole grain intake is so much better than it was! Trying to get my whole grains everyday!! Love mini-wheats, whole grain breads!! Also working out!!
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I have High Cholestrol too. The Doctor put me on Pravastatin Sodium 80 MG. I take 1 tablet at night. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Happy New Years.
The natural health community, by and large, does not believe cholesterol to be the villain it's made out to be. Also, most of them do not believe good saturated fats to be any problem at all. Trans fats are another story, and most likely processed foods with all their ingredients, too. Red meat, when grass-fed, has a very good fat profile. It's the grain-fed stuff that can be problematic. There are many different views on this, and the conventional one, to my mind, has many flaws in it. It bears investigation, at least.
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That happened to me last year. I take cholestoff (hereditary formula). It's all natural - sold on drugstores. In one year it went down 30 points.
I will add, try to cut down your saturated fat. The medical community is finding that sat fat is most likely the contributor to high cholesterol.
My hubby has extremely high triglycerides. He is on prescription Niacin and cholesterol meds. But his problem is diet and no exercise.
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I don't know how much more you can do ....
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My girlfriend's cholesterol went up and she was placed on Omega 3 tablets twice per day and Lipitor once per day and she increased her exercise...so she now walks 4 mornings per week instead of 2 and eats a lot of oatmeal and fruits for breakfast...
Edited by: SHERRIE59 at: 12/27/2011 (12:51)
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We don't eat any fried foods, or animal fats like butter, cheese, egg yolks. Read labels carefully. Use olive oil sparingly. We eat a lot of fish and chicken, ground turkey or chicken in place of ground beef, and occasionally pork tenderloin. Watch our portions. Work out with strength training and cardio. Use the nutrition tracker to monitor cholesterol intake. My cholesterol has come down to normal levels without taking a medication. Lost weight, changed my eating habits, and working out.
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Mine is high too. Healthy diet, exercise, fish oil, salmon. Those seem to be good.
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Same thing happened to me. I have lost weight and my blood pressure is perfect but my cholestoral....not so much.
257. My doctor told me to eat chicken and fish. No red meat.
When I told my husband this, he burst out laughing. Because, all I do is eat chicken and fish and salads.
I did find a couple of posts on this thread to be compelling. I will do some research and maybe find something that will work for me. I am due for a retest in February.
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If your case is mild than high dose Niacin therapy may do the trick. My doctor likes niacin because it is the only single agent that improves all 3 aspects of our lipid profile; lowers LDL, raises HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowers triglycerides. If your cholesterol is really high niacin probably won't do the job, at least not alone. You should ask your doctor about niacin therapy. My doc has me taking OTC niacin instead of prescription so it is cheap as well.
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I too have high numbers and it runs in the family. I've tried diet and exercise but it hasn't worked. I may have to start medication.
I think this issue is very complicated, and we repeat a lot of stuff that has helped us personally, as if it were gospel.
I personally had a cholesterol of 197, and by doing low carb, it dropped to 104, and my triglycerides to the 50's. I have had a small increase actually since I cut out red meat, and replaced the extra fat with olive oil.. but I won't sit here and saying what worked for me is the answer. I will say that the "fact" that red meat causes higher cholesterol is bunk.
In the end, find what works for you, but always question. What is obvious today will be laughed at as ignorance in 50 years.. They gave cigarettes to WW2 soldiers to dry out their lungs..lol. They just repeat what is the popular opinion of the day.Sometimes they are right, sometimes wrong. It why they call it "practicing" medicine
Don't be afraid of medicine. Even after my drop in total cholesterol, I have to take a pill for low HDL.. Sometimes your body needs to be on medicine while you work to fix the issue, sometimes your body doesn't work correctly. Either way, the medicine helps.
Hypercholesterolemia runs in my family....my dad (age 57) had a total cholesterol of about 260 before he began Lipitor. Lipitor brought it down to about 230, and it has remained there ever since.
As for myself, my total cholesterol 4 years ago was 272 when I got it checked (and I was 18 then!)...I cut back on red meat (down to maybe 1-2x/month), stopped putting butter on things, and cooked with olive oil when i sauteed something/baked something. Now, at age 22, my cholesterol is 233.
So in my family's experience....diet changes dropped mine about 40 points. My dad's medication dropped his about 30 points. Both of us are still in the "borderline risk" group....I imagine if I began liptor and he changed his diet, we could both get down to below 200mg/dL.
Hope this sheds some light on the situation! Good luck!
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If you are genetically predisposed to having high cholestorol, you will probably need to take the medications in order to maintain a level within the normal range. Diet and exercise can only get it down part of the way for many people. If you are already following the lifestyle advice of your doctor and other experts ... you may need to take the meds.
I tried diet and exercise at first, but it didn't improve my numbers much at all. Now I am on Crestor and Tricor and my total cholesterol is consistently below 140 and my HDL, LDL, and triglycerides are wonderful, too.
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I to have high cholesterol, I am on lipitor, but not for long. My doctor said because of my diet and exercise and can go off of it soon. Hopefully it will not go up, but time will tell.
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Just found out I have high cholesterol. I'm only 24 but its hereditary... my brothers, dad and grandma had it. Anyone have any good ideas on what I can do to get it down? I eat healthy already I don't eat too much red meats, I don't really eat carbs, I don't eat fried or salted foods, and I workout atleast 5 times a week. I know they have medicine for it but I don't like taking anything that isn't natural. Any suggestions?
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