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Cholesterol Levels (great news!)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol when I was 18. I was living a healthy lifestyle, at a healthy weight, and working out every day. I had never had all my labs tested and decided since I was finally an adult, I should know where all my health levels were. So I made an appointment and went to the doctor. All my blood work came back fine, except my cholesterol. At the time my cholesterol was 243 and my triglycerides were over 400! My doctor put me on special diet: no red meat, no eggs, no cheese, no butter...basically no fat whatsoever. I followed this regimen religiously for 6 months and went back to the doctor and guess what? My cholesterol was 243 and my triglycerides were still over 400. At that point, my doctor decided that it was a genetic issue (many people in my family have high cholesterol) and that I would have to go on medication by the time I was 30 and probably have to be on it for the rest of my life.

Well, that's not good news, nor news that I was willing to easily accept. I've spent the last decade trying different foods, different lifestyles, trying to get my levels down naturally. I've had quite a bit of success here and there. I would get my cholesterol down but my triglycerides would still be elevated or vice versa, but I still struggled to get all my levels down at the same.

Finally about a year ago, I realized that every time my levels went down, it wasn't about me eliminating things from my diet, but rather adding in healthy items. So I decided to focus on that and see how it worked. I've added oats, flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, and several other healthy items into my diet in the last year. The results???

Cholesterol: 189
Triglycerides: 165
HDL: 63
LDL: 118
VLDL: 33
Overall ratio: 3.0

This is the greatest my levels have ever been! This is the first time my cholesterol has been below 200, and my triglycerides are almost at a healthy level. Plus, my overall ratio is the lowest it's every been! My doctor, who has been very supportive of my search to naturally reduce my levels, was very impressed. I'm now 29 and there's no need for me to go on medication for this condition. Yay!!!!

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