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Managing Cholesterol Levels--Any Ideas?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My cholesterol is high and low: unfortunately, the bad stuff is high and the good stuff is low. I was undisciplined with the knife and fork over the fall, but I've been eating very well since around January 8, and so I was disappointed to see these results. Given my family background and risk level, my doctor said he wanted to put me on some kind of medication (he didn't tell me which one) but I don't want to do that. If I must, I will, but I'd rather not.

I've been taking fish oil pills for about five years and, up until now, this has worked to manage the problem. A fit friend of mine suggested that I double my current dosage from 3 to 6 pills per day which I will gladly do.

My question for you all is this: do you have suggestions for managing cholesterol that don't involve medications? Thanks in advance, have a great day!
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MARIANBA 2/22/2014 10:35AM

  As an alternative health therapist one of the things I regularly recommend to people is half an apple, grated and left to brown, so that the pectin develops. This pectin helps to attach to the cholesterol molecules, and helps to remove them via the gut. Eat once a day.

Also a product called red rice yeast, does the same thing.

What are your stress levels like?

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HOLLYM48 2/22/2014 9:48AM

    Check out the internet for a diet that control cholesterol levels and try to follow it closely. Processed foods and fried foods are very high in cholesterol and other bad things. I use to have much higher numbers but with changing what I eat and how much I exercise, those numbers have dropped over the years.

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 2/22/2014 9:03AM

  Eating more dark green leafy vegetables will help. And eating a daily serving of regular (not instant) oatmeal has been known to help too. emoticon

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BECKYANNE1 2/22/2014 8:40AM

    I also used to take fish oil pills but read studies that said they didn't really help. I would change up your diet and see if you can bring those levels down. I used to have high cholesterol and my cardiologist encouraged me to continue losing weight and getting it down. He said once you'reon the meds., you'll most likely be on them for the rest of your life which is not what I wanted to do. That was about 3 years ago and things are still good. I know there may come a time when I ave no control over the numbers, but until then I will do all that I can to avoid taking all of those pills!

Good Luck! You can do it!

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JOYCRN 2/22/2014 8:21AM

    It is my understanding that fish oil capsules, like so many other supplements, emoticon do not do what the real food does. emoticon I would try to stick with foods God created, and lots of exercise. Monounsaturated oils rather than polyunsaturated oils. Work on decreasing foods that are linked to inflammation. Soooo much easier said than done!

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