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Battling weight, high blood pressure and high triglycerides

Monday, May 27, 2013

For about a month now, I've tried changing my diet to only unprocessed food - no breads, nothing from a bag or box. Well with the exception of Kashi granola bars which I seem to be totally addicted too! Its not always fun since my daughter works at a pizza place and brings home very delicious smelling pizza - yes, I catch my self standing near the pizza box, closing my eyes and breathing in the aroma.
I did notice a big difference after 2 weeks. My blood pressure is completely normal and my BP meds are cut in half. I know the exercise and weight loss helped too. Its really impossible to separate all the things that contributed to the improvement. The last time I went to the doc, she wanted me on cholesterol meds too for high triglycerides - but the side effects read like a horror story and I was afraid to take them. A few articles I've read say that high triglycerides are caused by too much processed carbohydrates in your diet. I'm putting that to the test - my next cholesterol test is at the end of June.
6-26 Its now the end of June and I've had my cholesterol test. Here are the results:
Total Cholesterol - 243
Triglyceride- 316
HDL - 36
LDL - 144
TC/HDL - 6.8

Total Cholesterol - 217
Triglyceride- 176
HDL - 35
LDL - 146
TC/HDL - 6.2

Test results are better and I didn't take any medication. This seems to indicate what they say about processed foods raising your triglycerides is true. Still have lots of work to do. I decided to supplement with time-released Niacin to see if that helps. I've read that Niacin lowers the bad and raises the good cholesterol. I have another cholesterol test in 3 months - so we'll see.

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AUDREYBELL1 5/27/2013 9:45PM

    emoticon good luck I need to check into doing that. My cholesterol has never been over 160 till Mar then it was 223 I sure don't understand it but have to do something to get it under control.

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USMAWIFE 5/27/2013 8:29PM

    good luck to you. Sadly thought some high cholesterol is genetic and no matter what we do weight wise, it is still going to be there. There is a special blood test which tells how much is food how much is genetics and how much is a combo of both

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