SparkPeople Managing Your Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure Team Messageboard This group is for those with cholesterol and high blood pressure problems - come and share how you are managing these problems SparkPeople Managing Your Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure Team Messageboard 2017 guidelines for high blood pressure I wasn't sure which board to post this under and I know that I am trying to control my cholesterol and blood pressure with exercise and diet. I have managed to bring my cholesterol numbers down quite a bit and my blood pressure numbers were much better as well on my last visit so I am happy about that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just heard that they have now changed the guidelines for high blood pressure the other day and was wondering if anyone had any input on these new guidelines. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:52:35 EST Grateful Thank you for these healthy tips!!! <em>250</em> <em>9</em> <em>380</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:05:14 EST New to group... and frustrated :( So I had a ischemic stroke on April 27th... Not too bad, almost back to normal... Have been eating healthy tracking cholesterol, sodium and fat and doing great as far as eating healthy. Had blood tests yesterday and was really looking forward to the results, and this morning when I looked them up, I was really disappointed :( I've been on meds for high blood pressure and high cholesterol... here are the results... <BR> <BR> Cholesterol 120 - 200 mg/dL 150 <BR> HDL Cholesterol 40 - 60 mg/dL... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:42:19 EST New to group 189 LDL level :( High I'm new to the group. My name is Lisa- Brainpower40, I've always had high cholesterol, but HDL numbers high, My last test though everything changed HDL (good) normal- LDL (bad) extremely high. Not sure why the change. I just had a nuclear stress test due to an irregular heartbeat and Dr said heart was the best he had ever seen. Blood pressure normal, and heart beat corrects itself during exercise, so just exercise more. <BR> <BR> But I still want to adjust LDL lower any suggestion... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:30:24 EST Healthy Tips White Bread is a refined carb that raises blood sugar and promotes yeast in the boby. Yeast loves to feed on Sugar. Rye and Pumpernickle breads help keep blood sugar from rising, slowing digestion, keeping you full and with less cravings. To prevent yeast infections and other medical problems stay away from white bread totally. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:19:01 EST Statins (Liptor) My Dr. wants me to start liptor, but I am so afraid of the side affects. Input on this subject would be appreciated good or bad. I have been Sparking have lost 34 lb. only mild drop in Cholesterol numbers. <BR> Thanks <BR> Honore Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:43:30 EST Lunch ideas I'm looking for some good healthy lower cholesterol lunch ideas when I need to pack my lunch for work. Any suggestions, I would really appreciate them? <BR> <em>381</em> thanks <BR> Marge Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:44:56 EST New to group I have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. My BP is being controlled by meds , type 2 diabetes controlled with diet and high cholesterol which needs to come down and I prefer no meds if possible. I would like to learn to control my diet, lose weight and take as few meds as possible. I am hoping to get some good ideas here on how to do it as we'll as finding support and good eating tips here. I am almost 64 and want to live a good healthy life. I am ready for a healthy c... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:59:03 EST POM JUICE Has anyone tried Pom juice and did it effect your cholesterol numbers? Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:06:32 EST Chit - Chat Do you know what the difference is between cholesterol and high blood pressure? <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:46:25 EST Control with diet Is anyone trying diet to control cholesterol, and what do you eat? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:41:12 EST Muscle aches Does anyone suffer from muscle aches due to a side affect of chilesterol medicine? And secondly, what do you do for it? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:40:12 EST New Start Ok I am starting to lower my cholesterol. AND I started exercising today. I guess I am on the right track. Now to keep it up. LOL Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:44:43 EST NEVER REALIZED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE CHOLESTERO It blew my mind to read so many entries.. <BR> <BR> Let work hard to eliminate this topic.... <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:11:22 EST New Member Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Seni Joseph. I am in my 30s and I am addicted to very high cholesterol food. My doctor told me to change my eating habits by adopting healthy food choices. When I saw this team I am all in! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:03:23 EST I'm New here Hi my name is Dionna, I'm 48, I need to lose 65 pounds, I had a heart attack in July 2012. I've recently quit smoking, I'm learning how to eat heart healthy, One of my goals is to get more physically active long with loosing weight. It's time for me to make an entire lifestyle change <em>524</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:53:58 EST Let me introduce myself. Hi all. Day before yesterday my doctor told me I have cholesterol problems and need to take Lipitor. What's supposed to be high is low; what's supposed to be low is high. I'm old (66) and still fat. I don't know what to eat, what to do. Please help if you can. I'm joining this group because maybe I can get some insight into what I'm supposed to do. Thanks. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:08:37 EST New to this team - not new to SP I've been on SP for several years, have not been active on SP for about 1-2 years with other things going on in my life. <BR> <BR> I want to release the last 15 lbs I have - reduce my LDL and lately when I check my pressure it notice that it is high - it was always in the 120/60/70 range - lately it is in the 130's and sometimes higher - I need to get both down. <BR> <BR> Will be doing more exercising - walking - than I've done in quite a while and following a healthy eating plan (I am a li... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:59:40 EST One Minute Meditation <link> </link> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:12:06 EST Hi my name is Rita I am so excited to finally sit down and really take the time and learn how to use this Wonderful## website I'm somewhat new to this program but am ready to get started. <BR> <BR> Thank You Spark People Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:41 EST Progress With Competition We are involved in three (3) competitions. I would like to know how each of you are doing. If you have questions or have found something of interest that you want to share. <BR> <BR> Time passing so fast that these competitions will be over very soon. <BR> <BR> Bettie Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:30:47 EST New Competition Consider this: SP has two new monthly competitions: Fit Food and Countdown to Skinny Jeans. <BR> <BR> Let's create our own competition. It works this way, everyday you indicate that you have participated in one or both competitions. Ex, <BR> <BR> Bettie Fit Food <BR> October 1 B,L,D <BR> October 2 B <BR> October 3 L, D <BR> October 4 B,L,D <BR> October 4 B,D <BR> October 5 B,L <BR> <BR> Week 1 meals eaten = 13 <BR> Weeks 2-4 (same) <BR> following week on same screen <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:24:29 EST October 2013 Competition Beginning on October 1, we will have two competitions: First, log in your HBP reading every day--or as often as possible. Second, on a daily basis, log in the amount of cholesterol, or as close as possible. All dates should be listed on one screen, such as: <BR> <BR> 10/01 120/71 <BR> 10/02 117/67 <BR> 10/03 121/73 <BR> 10/04 122/76 <BR> 10/05 118/70 <BR> <BR> Total for Week one, etc. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:26:50 EST Hi, Newly Diagnosed with high Cholesterol Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> A few years ago I got serious about losing the weight, but some things happened and I quit going to the gym I was a member of. I also moved to a different state. Now I'm home bound and not doing much physically. <BR> <BR> I had blood work done the other day to check cholesterol, blood pressure, and thyroid. Cholesterol came back as 244. I'm not sure which one that is, but I assume the bad kind. The doctor recommends a low fat and low cholesterol diet. I'm just no... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:50:48 EST Daily Trivia 7/29/2013 Which former planet was demoted to a dwarf planet? <BR> <BR> Neptune <BR> Uranus <BR> Venus <BR> Pluto Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:17:49 EST Daily Trivia 7/28/2013 What is the name of Geo. Washington's estate? <BR> <BR> Monticello <BR> Mount Vernon <BR> Camp David <BR> Hermitage <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:30:05 EST Hi ya'll I'm Gail, I live in Alaska. I'm 66 years old with high blood pressure, an arthritic back, had a few fusions. I also have some neuropathic pain, most likely from the back injuries, I have trouble walking for any distance without becoming short of breath, I'm sure as soon as I begin losing weight, that will improve. I am excited about this new journey I have taken, and I'm looking forward to meeting people who are also travelling this road. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:02:00 EST New to group Hi. I'm 62 and have high blood pressure controlled with medication and also have high cholesterol and have Type 2 diabetes. All these things run in my family. My doctor wants me on meds for cholesterol which is 229. I was on meds years ago and had problems so I really want to try lowering cholesterol with diet instead of meds. I am open to any suggestions. I enjoy cooking so I am always interested in finding new healthy recipes. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:48:45 EST What Are You Doing To Control Your Cholestrol &HBP We would like to know if you are taking medications, exercising...etc. <BR> <BR> Bettie Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:58:59 EST BP under control Cholesterol not so much My medicine has my bp under control, last check 120/80... <BR> I had to stop taking pravastatin for my cholesterol, the side effects were awful <em>24</em> My muscles ached and I just felt exhausted...I already get fatigued easily, I didn't need for it to be worse. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:14:14 EST Did You Know...? <BR> Meditation can lower blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Meditation can help maintain healthy blood pressure. It can also help lower high blood pressure, known as hypertension. Since high blood pressure / hypertension contributes to the major causes of disease and death, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure, anything that can help maintain a healthy blood pressure or can lower high blood pressure deserves consideration. And that includes meditation. <BR> <BR> Because... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:22:30 EST Staying Motivated Ditching unhealthy habits and starting a healthy lifestyle is one thing, but staying motivated during your journey is a challenge. Sometimes it’s so challenging, you might feel like throwing in the hat before reaching your goals. So to keep you going even when your momentum is low, here are some helpful tips: <BR> <BR> 1. Track Your Progress: Whether you want to photograph your journey or track your milestones here on our site, being able to see the progress you’re making is a great wa... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:31:54 EST Best Product In Place of Butter Which is the best product to use in place of butter. Do you have a favorite for low saturated/trans fat and for flavor/ease of use? Do you use it for spreading and cooking? Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:21:48 EST Hiya - What do I eat - not eat with High Cholesto I have been told today that I have high Cholestrol and need to lower it.. What should I eat/not eat, do/not do etc. <BR> I haven't got a clue where to start. <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:14:13 EST Psyllium husk I take 2 TBS psyllium husk per day Will that reduce my cholesterol? Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:35:22 EST Hey folks! Hi folks! Newbie here! Just joined today, and decided to live a healthier life. <BR> My name is Chris. I weigh 320lbs, have HBP, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance. <BR> Lucky me! Surprisingly, however, no diabetes. <BR> Doctor recommended "Dash" diet, so I've cut out pork and salt, and switched to no-salt substitute. <BR> My problem isn't WHAT to eat, it's always been how MUCH AND WHEN. <BR> I know I have to drink more water/day. <BR> I know I want o... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:30:19 EST HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND BP HI <BR> <BR> I HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND BP, AM ON MEDS FOR MY BP, BUT NOT FOR THE CHOLESTEROL. I WOULD PREFER DIET CONTROL, ANY HELP I CAN GET FROM MY SPARK FAMILY WILL HELP Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:00:34 EST Back to sparks.. because of BP and Cholesterol Hi everyone, <BR> I did well with Sparks once before .. it helped keep me on track with calories etc. I just recently logged back in when I had blood drawn and they tell me my cholesterol is high and they are going to call in a script. I'm half asleep I work nights .. I say no I don't want medicine can we control thru diet. So here I am. I definately need to make diet changes to make my heart healthy! Any thing you can share with me will be much appreciated. Looking forward to rea... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:07:55 EST Hi Hi, I'm fairly new to Spark joined in Oct 2012. I have high BP due to medicine I take for my RA. It's under control. I would like to get off the meds by losing the weight. This is the year for me. I'm taking care of myself. I look forward to getting tips on weight loss and keeping my Cholesterol in check <em>237</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:59:55 EST 'ello! Just a quick hello to everyone! I am Mobii, I've been around SP for several months now, but usually pretty quiet on the message boards...most of my blabbing is on my blog, but when I have time (or the memory, lol) I read around a few message boards too! <BR> <BR> Be well! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:21:21 EST INTRODUCTION Hi, I'm from Chennai India. I am visiting US now. I was drawn towards this column and am interested to share my experience thoughts views..... I am doing Breathing Exercises (To start with slowly deeply and some brisk breathing..). Slow deep breathing in keeping your mind on your breath (without hiss or noise) and exhaling longer to rest without any retention for a while and restart inhale and longer exhale helps quietening the mind. Do some mild body flexing twisting exercises like yoga... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:01:52 EST Hi, HI, I saw this group, and having just been diagosed with high blood pressure, and now on pills, I thought Id have a look in. <BR> Im wondering, does anyone happen to know the recipe for the green salad with strawberries that is pictures with this site? <BR> Im hoping members of this group might have some insights and personal experiences that will help this newby. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Heather Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:34:01 EST New Member Hi! I'm new to the group. <BR> I'm looking for ways to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol the healthy way, so I can get off these meds. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>357</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:28:52 EST Hello Everyone! Just a little bit about me. <BR> <BR> I'm working on managing my Cholesterol and Blood Pressure. <BR> <BR> I know my blood pressure is a bit higher then it needs to be and I do have medication for it..but I wish to lower it with diet and exercise before contining the medication. Same with my cholestrol. My triglycerides are high I know for certain. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to get those down? Lots of whole grains and oats? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:00:34 EST New Member Hello team, it's a new year & I'm ready to jump start my goal of living healthier!! Getting my blood pressure & cholesterol is a very BIG part of that goal! I need a push over the edge at times! I just believe, I can do it!!! <em>213</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:12:44 EST new member Hi everyone new to this probably posting in wrong spot as usual but ill try to improve on that also. My name is Pam I am from Kentucky 39 year old mom of 2 teenagers. I am truly interested in how to fix my cholesterol numbers I just had another blood work done and same as a while back over all number is okay 130 i think but bad cholesterol is to high 200 plus and my good cholesterol is to low 25. I do have to take cholesterol medicine due to the heart attack that i have had among other medi... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:10:07 EST getting back on to Sparkpeople I am on both Cholesterol and blood pressure medicine. The conditions are heriditary from my Mom and I know this because I do exercise and eat well. in 2000, I mentioned to the doctor that I was feeling run down and lethargic. He had a blood panel done and right away perscribed Lipitor and I started feeling much better. In about 2 years, he switched me to Tricor as the Lipitor was not controlling my triglycerides at all and the measurement was off the meter. It took a year or so until that too... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:07:29 EST Lunch ideas I need some ideas for quick lunches I can take to work. I am newly on meds for high cholesterol and I have to watch my sodium intake as well. So, I don't do cold cut sandwiches. I am also on coumadin so I can't eat a lot of dark green salad. Makes it all very difficult. Any ideas? Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:46:27 EST HOLIDAY QUESTION #1 What are you going to do to keep your Cholesterol and Hight Blood Pressure under control from now until the first of the year? Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:29:07 EST Newby Hi, Im new to SparkPeople and this group. I have been battling High LDL for 10 years without any luck. Gained 12 lbs in the last 6 mos and am ready make some lifestyle changes. Finding this site was a real boost of motivation. Looking forward to hearing other's successes and possibly being able to share one of my own in a few months! <BR> Cheers <em>381</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:25:49 EST Too Young for This! I have recently been prescribed medicine for high blood pressure and cholesterol. I'm only 39 yrs old. I have a family history full of high bp, not sure about cholesterol. I want to get healthy so I can get off this medicine. The fact that I lost my parents this yr to cancer(they were 62 and 64 yrs old!), my stepmom to a heart attack(55yrs old), father inlaw to stroke, and my pampaw (gdad) to ahlzeimers(sp?); motivates me that much more. Also, my husband had tonsil cancer this yr-it's gone... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:53:46 EST New to Group with Questions Hi, I'll begin by telling a little about myself. I'm a happily married wife/mom of three grown children. I have permanent nerve damage in my legs due to a lower back problem that was misdiagnosed 21 years ago. Except for that problem I have had no medical issues until I tore the meniscus in my knee in 2007. Since then I feel like it has been all down hill - knee problems, ankle problems and now a two months ago they tell me I have high blood pressure. <BR> The doctor tells me to do the ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:27:39 EST New Here, 22 with HBP I just joined Spark People yesterday. I am only 22 and was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure back in April. I take prescription medication to help It's been tough, being so young it can get scary, but? I've decided to eat healthier and exercise to improve my heart health. Any ideas that may help? Any comments or suggestions? Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:57:51 EST What are you making for dinner tonight? Good evening to all , hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I'm very curious as to what everyone is having tonight, maybe get some new ideas. <BR> <BR> In our house we are having:: <BR> Baked scallops with whole wheat panko and Parmesan topping. <BR> Roasted white and sweet potatoes . <BR> Spinach. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:02:22 EST New to the site Hi! This is my 3rd time to try this. Just diagnosed with High Cholesterol and need ways to lower it. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:26:04 EST I'm New :) Hello! My name is Malinda! I'm 30 years old and a mom to 2 little boys that keep me SO busy. I was recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and I've been trying to get it under control through my diet only before trying any meds. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:58:00 EST new to the team Hi everyone, My name is Longe and I just joined sparkteam and I have been having problems with Cholesterol and HBP for sometimes now. But my last visit to my doctor, made me really worried and I need to control this. I need to lower both cholesterol and BP as well as lose 25-35 lbs. I am married and we have a son who is 6 yrs and we live in Wichita Sat, 30 Jun 2012 01:46:39 EST Hi from Dominican Republic Hi, I am Teo Guillermo (a girl) from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, middle-aged, married with kids, over-worked and under-paid. I am actually in medication for high cholesterol for 3 month until my next appointment but I am very worried about the side effects so I am supplementing this with any natural remedy that falls into my hands. I was told that celery with cucumbers would do the trick. I am also eating more oatmeal. <BR> <BR> I also joined Sparks to see how I can lower my w... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:07:00 EST Can black tea help high blood pressure <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886131 </link> Thu, 17 May 2012 17:44:45 EST New to the team Hi, I just started today (Sunday). With diabetes, High Blood pressure, and high Cholesterol I need all the help I can get, so when my friend told me about Sparkpeople I joined! My last full workup that I have a copy of was in Nov of 2011. At that time my A1C was 6.2%, <BR> BP = 147/87 w pul of 71; Cholestrol was 221mg, LDL Cholesterol = 146,HDL Cholesterol = 57. I do take meds for all three of these, and the Dr. calls these a three month average. Last Fall and Winter I was dealing with ... Sun, 6 May 2012 14:22:27 EST I need help. Having a lot of pain in body Hello, I am MissIlene. I just joned here. I am aslo a coleader in two lapband surgery groups. I lost 89 lbs and still have cholesterol. I eat mainly protein. No red meat. But I am on Crestor and I have noticed that I feel terrible. Can anyone tell me if they also had this problem with Crestor? I have pain in my toes and my legs. I hardly ever feel very well. <BR> <BR> I am not able to "call my Dr" I am going to a clinic and it does not work that way. Today I cut my pill in half. I wi... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:35:21 EST Mind Tease How many words can be made from just one word? Please only submit one word at a time and let’s see how many we can come up with. <BR> <BR> TODAYS WORD “ SPARKPEOPLE “ <BR> <BR> 1st answer : Spore <BR> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 04:04:50 EST Updates, Information and Introductions! My Acceptance Speech! <BR> <BR> I raise my right hand and swear to do my duty to the best of my ability for my spark friends and my team mates. I will go above and beyond what it takes to be a team leader. I will not make promises I can not keep, I will not grant favors that will cost me dearly, I will not ignore the wishes of the team, I will not slack in my daily input etc etc…is there anything I am missing? <BR> <BR> Oh my gosh! oh my golly does this make me a politician. If so I hope I ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:46:51 EST Just Got My.... Just received a call from the doctors office, re: my blood work. Borderline high cholesterol and carbs. I've been searching ever since for some recipies and foods to eat to lower these numbers. I am having a hard time finding them. Is there anywhere on Spark people, that has a list of foods low in cholesterol and carbs. I want to get started right away before I go for my physical in April. Thank you in advance. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 18:34:23 EST Hi! My name is Patricia. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol even though I am on medication for both. Today my doctor said my glucose is also "creeping up there." I am on a mission to lose 30 lbs. so maybe I can eliminate the medications. I appreciate any suggestions and motivation you can give me! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:24:26 EST A new spice to help manage my blood pressure Since I started my workouts, maintaining the diet program my wife got me started on, I have been able to stay off my diabetic meds now for over 1 month now. My sugar levels been below 120 before eating. My next goal is to try to get off my blood pressure pills. To help with this I have introduce cayenne pepper to my diet. Its has many good benefits, including lowering blood pressure and to regulating cardiovascular system are just a few benefits. You can go to the following site for more info... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:08:22 EST Hi Folks...I'm singing the blues.... I'm Linda, I am like so many others, high BP, high cholesterol, borderline diabetic. I also have a chronic pain disorder that makes it really hard to exercise right now. Am getting discourage already have been stuck on same weight all week, not even 1 lb lighter....poo! I know its going to take time..... but I have to be moving.....had surgery on my foot and i'm in a hard cast with no weight baring....I need help. Also would like to say I could use a friend.... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:10:35 EST Challenge - Quicktrack On your start page there is a Quick track to log fruits/veggies; cups of water; and fitness minutes. Comment on this link if you met your goals for each of these areas! Happy New Year! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:14:07 EST Songs and Poems for the Season! SHERYLDS on the Slowest Loser's Team has been posting some "Christmas" songs and poems she's written. Here are a few... she keeps posting a new one every day or so. <BR> <BR> Jogging Around The Christmas Tree <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614378 </link> <BR> <BR> Winter Wonderland Song (Spark Style) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612724 </link> <BR> <BR> Jiggle Bells <BR>... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 08:01:40 EST Higher Cholesterol and Dieting Dieting has caused my cholesterol to plateau. Sounds funny but I guess metabolizing old fat has its demerits. Last year at this time my cholesterol was 228 and blood pressure was a little high. Last year at this time I was exploring dietary changes. <BR> <BR> Now trained in portion control and better at choosing low saturated fat foods, I am sixty pounds lighter and total cholesterol has decreased a hair below the alarm level - 199. 2-3 servings vegetables per meal makes a difference f... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:29:35 EST Looking for "HELP" Well, I went to the Dr. for a pesky cough I just couldn't get rid of. As I am sitting there waiting for the Dr. this sweet Tech came in to check the ole blood pressure and yes you guessed it it was high! Well, I sat there for awhile and they took it again and it hadn't changed much. <BR> So needless to say the Dr put in on a small dose in And he wants me to get a full work up on test, and come back to see him. Oh, and he did say he wanted this done soon! I am traveling in a few ... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:02:15 EST New to team Hi... I'm Liz, 40 years old, mother of 2 boys & new to the team, just told that I have High Bad Cholesterol. one more thing to add to my list... I'm hoping by logging my food in take will help monitor my cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 15:55:48 EST Scary LDL Hi--I've tried Spark before but really didn't stick to it, so the pounds just kept accumulating. Big wakeup call happened last week--total cholesterol 270, and LDL of 187. I haven't eaten beef or pork for 35 years, and in the past three months also eliminated chicken and fish. So it's hard to understand how this number can be so high--but I hope using Sparkpeople will add the two things I need to do--lose weight and exercise. I'm looking forward to getting to know the people on this forum and... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:18:59 EST GOOD NEWS I had my overdue annual physical on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. My bp was 132/90 and I found out yesterday that my total cholesterol is in the acceptable range, but my triclycerides are still a little high. So I just wanted to share with my team members. <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:00:25 EST Hello-I am a new member My BP levels were always 110/70 until about 5 years ago when my cholesterol levels also went out of whack. I had a hard time understanding the cholesterol as I am not much of a cheese eater. Then I discovered high cholesterol is not only hereditary, but also associated with obesity/high weight gain. Currently I am approximately 80-100 pounds overweight and am taking crestor and atenolol for the cholesterol and bp. In addition, I take nexium for gerd/acid reflux/barrett's espohagus and pax... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:29:09 EST How do you Dress a Baked Potato? I love baked potatoes with butter and sour cream but I live in Africa in the jungle and I have no sour cream. Now I have a problem with my cholesterol so the butter is not the best choice. Today I used a Lite Ranch dressing on my potato. <BR> <BR> How do you Dress a Baked Potato? What do you LIKE to use on your baked potatoes and what have you found that is low fat, low cholesterol to dress up baked potatoes? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:21:39 EST High Blood Pressure + High BAD Cholesterol! I'm new to the team, and new to High Bad Cholesterol. I've had High Blood pressure for years, being treated with Hydroclorthizide (25 mg/day) and Lisinopryl (20 mg/day). Last month was the first time that I had high BAD Cholestrol with an overall count of 193. My Dr.'s nurse said to "watch" my diet and then have the Cholesterol studies repeated in six months. <BR> <BR> I am Carolyn, single, 62 years old and a nurse. I am from the States but I have lived and worked in Africa since 1977. I te... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 07:29:11 EST Low sodium foods Can anyone tell me where I can find a list of healthy low sodium veggies and fruits? Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:46:21 EST High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Borderline, New! Hi all, I'm new to this team, would like to learn how to stop eating so many foods that have large amounts of salt in them, also I like a salty/sweet snack...HELP! <em>2</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:58:39 EST SparkPeople motivation worked for me I have been terrible about posting but my 10k steps/day desire was genuine. Here are the results. Up to over 20k/day, just by changing my routine. Lost 20% of my body weight. BP from stroke level to 127/72 (at the dr's office...a bigee for me) cholesterol from 244 to 130. GOUT....GONE. Uric acid at the bottom of the scale. Three medications discontinued. I am looking at the big 60 years young and I feel better than I did at 30. Walking was the secret for me. Now I can't seem to get enough of ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:45:46 EST High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Bdrline Diabetes Good Day All, <BR> <BR> I hope your Sunday is blessed. I recently found out my blood pressure & cholesterol were high. To top it off, I also learned I was borderline diabetic, and was given medication to treat it. When I got home and read the diabetic medication pamphlet, I just couldn't take it. The doctor informed me that this happens when too much weight is gained, so I decided to do something about it! I found Sparkspeople on the Dr. Oz site, and am truly pleased with it. I am still... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:34:25 EST High Blood Pressure Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have come to this site many times only to accomplish nothing. I am approaching 50 fast and i am struggling with hypertension and being overweight. I relocated to north carolina from california. I joined the ymca but it gets boring without a buddy to push you. Anyone in the salisbury area that is wanting change? I love to walk, play tennis, water aerobics, vollyball, and badmittion. I do play all other sports as well. Feel free to reach out. I need to work on "commitme... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:35:18 EST How many points did that wheel give you today? 3 for me! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:10:35 EST Hi New Member with HIGH Cholesterol Hi Just starting the sparks program. I have about 30 lbs to lose and hopefully this will help lower my LDL cholesterol. I have really high cholesterol, but I also have amazing HDL cholesterol. LDL is 174, HDL is 99. My doctors want me to start on statins but am trying some other things first. which are: <BR> Fish Oil, Krill oil, SloNiacin, CoQ10, Low dose bayer aspirin, Cholesterol off (which is plant steros). <BR> I've always had great blood pressure but last week at my doctor appt it w... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:44:26 EST New member I am 63 years old and can't stand being this fat anymore! The weight crept up slowly and I did not react in time. Now I have to lose at least 40 pounds. I also want to get my cholesterol and blood pressure under control again and not having to think about diabetes. <BR> I need help. I tried to do it alone and it just is not working. Help with diet and exercise is most important for me right now. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 08:39:49 EST High blood pressure and high cholesterole. Hi there, tomorrow I will be going to see my doctor and have my blood pressure checked. It's been a bit high recently and I can only think it's all the stress that I'm going through at the moment, as well as being a bit wobbly with my mental health. However I'm working at getting my physical, mental and spiritual health good for myself and my family. These I believe are all interlinked. So I hope that all of you out there are doing well and having a good day. Mine improved as the day wen... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 04:52:29 EST GGRREEEAAATTT Checkup Best checkup I ever had. I have officially lost 10% of my body weight. Cholesterol 158. BP 128/70, resting pulse rate 52. Doctor took away some meds and stopped my monthly visits. Yahoooo! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:41:48 EST Hello!!!! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica and I am 22 years old. I am currently struggling with my weight! I have high blood pressure. My blood pressure is pretty much on the line between normal and high. I am just looking for some tips and recipes and anything else that I can take away from the forum. I am also looking forward to meeting new people who might be in the same situation I am! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:10:45 EST Just saying hi to you all from the heart. Thought I should say hi there ans just introducing myself to you all. Since I've been on here I've had heaps of messages. Just love this site. You will get to know more about me as time goes by. I'm a member of most of the Spark Teams. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:29:50 EST Two words, change one I will post two words and the next person will keep one word and change the other! Let's give it a try. I'll start with: <BR> <BR> Blood pressure <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:20:59 EST Dash diet <link><BR>t/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> This is a government suggested diet to help control blood pressure. It works right in with Spark People guidelines. I stayed on it for a long time and still try to work it into my life! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:17:31 EST Puzzled by Cholesterol Numbers I have lost 79 pounds since May of 2010. I have completely changed my way of eating. I eat healthy and exercise daily and eat foods that are supposed to lower cholesterol. Before making the changes and losing the weight, my cholesterol numbers were 205, good cholesterol was 61 and bad was 151. My triglyceride number was low but can't remember the exact number. Now, my cholesterol is 211, bad cholesterol is 156 and good is 43. Triglyceride number is 63. I am puzzled as to why the cholesterol n... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 05:06:34 EST HIGH CHOLESTROL/T RIGLYCERIDES Struggling with Diabetes 2, started Insulin last week, now my Cholestrol, etc is high and need to do something about that. I'm a Member here so thought a good place to come and get information/nutritional info. I'm new to this part of the Spark Team so anxious to see what is happening here that can help me. Thanks for your support. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 12:38:26 EST Hi, I'm new to the team! I'm not new to Spark, though I've been rather neglectful recently. I just got my blood test results back and I'm horrified by my triglyceride levels. My BP was high, which is why I went to my regular doctor who put me on medication that also includes a diuretic, which apparently can make triglycerides higher? Since he's not the one who did the blood tests, I'm trying to get the two doctors to actually talk. It's harder than it should be, I think. <BR> <BR> So I am now officially back on the ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:55:10 EST New Member of the Team Hi all! Val here. I just got the bad news from the doctor yesterday that i need to fix my cholesterol numbers. I've been a Spark People member for 2.5 years and it's helped me with my weight, so I thought I'd search out a team to join for the cholesterol and here I am! I'm 44 and preparing to retire from the military. During my physical the cholesterol numbers were less than stellar. Cholesterol 230, Triglycerides 222, HDL 35 and LDL 151. My doctor said if he were grading me it would be an F!... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 15:02:36 EST Hello good afternoon my name is Denise I join this time so I can manage my cholesterol and High Blood Pressure with exercise and <BR> motivation Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:10:19 EST Simplifying, Staying focused I decided to join this group instead of the separate cholesterol and high blood pressure teams for simplicity. The other groups are very good too, but I need to keep things simple, and having both of these conditions in one place is helpful to me for now. I consider myself in the "pre" stage for both BP and cholesterol. Definitely a time for making lifestyle changes to reverse this progression. No meds recommended yet by PCP but if I don't get my numbers down, I'll be headed there quick,... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:13:52 EST This is all new to me Hello, My name is Joaney I am 52 and tring to find a way to manage my high cholesterol an blood pressure. <BR> About two years ago started taking medication for blood pressure, lost 20 lbs in three months.Pressure went down cholesterol down Doc. was pleased with the drop, but still to high. Had to take meds.for cholesterol. Now it's been more then two years and I am stuck. My weight keeps in a 5 lb range don't go over 235 not under 230. Now coming to this site I see some of the things I thoug... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 14:25:36 EST Want To Change The Numbers Hi I've been here in SP for a few years, yes years. I started out doing very well losing weight and following their food plan. Somewhere along the way I gained most of it back due to what I just realized was a food disorder. I joined OA in November 2009, attend meetings, call my food in to a sponsor, work the 12 steps and still come in here to track my food and exercises. I am now on the road to recovery and have not binged for 4 months. Now my plan is to change the high blood pressure and... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:56:33 EST I'm ready learn control Hello my name is Christine and I have cholesterol, and high blood pressure, I would like to not take any medicine for these condition. this team seems to be a good place to start <em>213</em> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 23:25:16 EST Cholesterol and B/P 1-21-10 My Tl Chol was 435 LDL was 371, weighed 208, Had A1C test (Measures blood glucose for 3 months0 mine was fraction over. 6.2 normal is 6.1. Dr said I was border diabetic my blood fasting glucose was 99 which is normal. For three weeks I have tried not to intake a lot of fat, chol or carb. I have lost 2 1/2 lbs. I am striving for weight loss plus Lessen Chold. Not taking statin drugs. My B/P was 170/90 when I went into office but he took again it came down 13882. So my blood pressure... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:28:56 EST WOO HOO! And a big pat on the back to me. I've lost 11 pounds since Thanksgiving!!! <BR> <BR> Also - it just occured to me on this morning's walk - I only need to lose 15 more pounds and I can come off my high blood pressure medication! 15 pounds is so doable, I have renewed hope. <BR> <BR> Today I've begun a new calorie count and am going from 1500-1700 per day down to 900-1200. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are doing well and can come off your medication soon too. <BR> <BR> I'll probably still be... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:01:46 EST I'm new to this team But not new to SP...will be 3 years the end of this month. I'll be 65 in April, and have been on BP meds for 15 years. Just started cholesterol meds last year. <BR> <BR> I had gone inactive on SP, but last summer dr. discovered I needed triple bypass surgery (no heart damage, just badly clogged arteries). Following the surgery on 9/11/09, I have become more attentive to the need for some major overhaul in my eating and exercise habits. <BR> <BR> My major stumbling stones are: overly fond of... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:16:48 EST Introducing Myself Hello everyone, my name is Norm and I am working on managing my Chloesterol count and Blood pressure Mon, 23 Nov 2009 20:21:36 EST newbie to the team Hi! New to this team. got my numbers again for cholesterol(stayed the same - 242) & BP(went up to 132/92) so I'm on a 6 month get it down before having to take meds for cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Just looking for some new thoughts on how to make this happen. <BR> ..Gerri Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:06:22 EST Death runs in my family Hello, I am 49 years old and am on track to join my father, brother and several other family members that have had issues with cholesterol and heart disease. My father died at the age of 39 from a heart attack and my brother had heart surgery at the age of 21. I am afraid and don't know how to stem the progress. I know that exercise and changing my diet will help but am unsure what kinds of foods I should change to. I am looking for guidance not preaching and will do almost anything to keep m... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 07:54:40 EST New tonight Hello everyone. <BR> I had a heart attack 2 1/2 years ago was on cholesterol medication. Dr felt it was the cause of leg pain...took me off the medication 6 months ago. Now my cholesterol is very high so am going back on medication I have other health issues as well and just looking for some support in dealing with all this I had the heart attack at 47 years of age. The youngest in the family. I don't really understand good/bad cholesterol and was hoping someone could explain it to me. <em>... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:38:44 EST Introducing Myself... Hi - I'm an almost 46 yo mother of two grown sons, grandmother of 2 grand-daughters, (4 and 3) and a 19 mo grandson. I've been married 25 years. Life is crazy here for my husband and I right now, since both our sons have moved back home due to the financial crunch. Our youngest son's girlfriend and our grandson live here with him; and our grand-daughters are here often. So it's a full house! (Especially with only 3 BR and 1 Bathroom <em>40</em> ) <BR> <BR> I'm determined, with God's he... Mon, 4 May 2009 14:00:56 EST Good and Bad foods So I am new to this because my husband just tested positive for high cholesterol. <BR> <BR> What are some good foods to add to his diet to naturally help bring his cholesterol down? <BR> <BR> What foods should he limit to help lower his cholesterol? Fri, 6 Mar 2009 12:53:34 EST Interpreting your cholesterol Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood inthe United States and some other countries. Canada and most European countries measure cholesterol in millimoles (mmol) per liter (L) of blood. Consider these general guidelines when you get your lipid panel (cholesterol test) results back to see if your cholesterol falls in optimal levels. <BR> <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Total cholesterol (US Numbers) <BR> below 200 mg/dL = desirable <BR... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 16:55:45 EST no-distractions introduction Rather than post a lot of info here - please take a look at my sparkpage - it pretty well says it all. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading new threads under this forum of others introductions Sun, 1 Feb 2009 00:07:34 EST Come say hi/share thoughts <em>235</em> <BR> This is a good place to come and share whatever with the group - would encourage you to come as often as possible as it would be an encouragement to the rest of us. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 00:00:34 EST