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1/13/10 2:26 P

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Welcome aboard!

Most people (including some doctors, I think! LOL) don't know that what we eat only accounts for about 20% of our cholesterol makeup. Our bodies do the rest on their own~ which is where exercise and heredity step in.

I tried the -statins, and the -fibrates, and the side effects created havoc with my FMS~ so now the doctor has me taking a prescription omega 3 preparation.

I understand why it says to be careful about medications~ it has blood thinning properties. It can also help other things besides the lipid issue~ I'm told it should help improve my dry-eye syndrome as well as my hair health... hm. I hope! LOL

Here's wishing us all luck!...
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1/11/10 4:45 P

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Here is a link to a Mediterannian Diet on the Dr.Gormet website. This is an excellent website and has really good info regarding meds, illness, nutrition, RECIPIES etc,. Even if you want info NOT related to this it is well worth all having a look at the website.
www.drgourmet.com/mediterraneandiet/
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1/11/10 4:31 P

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I was in the hospital last year for chest pains. Nothing was wrong but I have a history of almost everything and I wanted to be sure that nothing was wrong. After my stress test the doctor told me to go on a Mediterranean diet. I looked into it but there are just so many books out there about it that it all seemed to be overwhelming. I am going to look into the book that you mentioned and see if that helps clear things up for me. THANKS!!

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1/10/10 5:03 P

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Lots of good advice but it is still best to seek medical opinions as each person is different and there can be side effects to over the counter meds

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Everyone so far has given good advice, & let me add, that it MAY take time to get your levels to where they should be for you, so take that time, it is worth it. Just do not give up or get discouraged. & Once you find what works for you STICK TO IT. I made that mistake of not sticking to it. I went from 270 TOTAL to 219 TOTAL in a little over 4 Months time this last time. Walnuts are a good source to help levels too. I eat a small handfull daily.
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1/10/10 2:22 P

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My Dietician put me on Omega3 Fish Oil because of the low HDL. I asked her about the Flaxseed, and she told me that a lot of people can't break the essential part of the flaxseed down for it too be beneficial, and that there were no tests available to find out if you are one of those. I went on the Omega3, and my HDL did improve a little, but not enough, so she incresed the dose - it improved a little again, but still not enough, so she increased it to 8x 1000mg Capsules per day - She is on maternity leave at the moment and so is unaware that my HDL actually dropped to very low:-(

A NOTE OF CAUTION re Omega3 Fish Oil AND Flaxseed - if you are on any medications, particularly blood thinners like warfarin for example, or aspirin, please check with your Dr firt. It may be that these oils are ill-advised for you, or your meds MAY need adjusting. The same applies to any OTC supplement, because they CAN interact and some dangerously with other medications.

For those of us who always have practiced a healthy eating plan,the mediteranean diet would have no significant impact - for those who HAD consumed junk food, commercial food, or just poor fat/carb choices in the first place, just eleminating or drastically reducing those would have a huge impact alone.

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Have you tried a Mediterranean-based diet yet? I, too, came from a genetically cursed family but was able to end up with FABULOUS cholesterol numbers (your ratio is more important than just your cholesterol number) by following a Mediterranean inspired way of eating. I encourage everyone I can to read a life-altering (for me) book called 'Low Fat Lies and High Fat Fraud, and the Healthiest Diet in the World' by Kevin Vigilante, M.D. You might be missing the boat by just focusing on 'low fat'. I was able to drop my total cholesterol by 30 points in 14 weeks (as well as improve all my other numbers)! My daily intake of fat might be kind of high in some peoples' opinions, but it is loaded with heart-healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts, salmon, and even daily dark chocolate, etc. I have been eating like this for almost 10 years now, have arrived at my ideal weight and feel fit and healthy. My cholesterol numbers continue to improve a few numbers every time I have them checked, although my total cholesterol hangs around 200..again, my ratio is fantastic (GREAT HDL, LDL and triglycerides). I feel I am doing the best I can given the genetics I was handed. Good luck! OH! Almost forgot to add that I have NEVER taken any medication and have done all this through diet and exercise alone. I think a lot of people could achieve the same results too.

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1/10/10 11:25 A

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I have a similar problem since I lost weight - my cholesteral is down but my HDL is still very low. My brother is a cardiologist - he doesn't treat me but is a great second opinion - he suggested the following:

- Taking fish oil tablets or eating herring.
- Taking Slo Niacin (gradually at first - maybe 250mg a day - breaking 500mg in half)and working up to 500mg/day in a week or two. It is non-prescription and sold over the counter in the US - also available from sites like drugstore.com and costco.com.

***PLEASE READ WARNING LABEL on SLO NIACIN AND CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE CONDITIONS LISTED***



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1/9/10 10:29 P

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There are a number of factors for one's cholesterol to be high - weight is one of those. Some of the others are WHAT you eat, age, sex, and family history. Other medical conditions can play a part, also. Your own liver manufactures cholesterol so it could even be your own body doing it to you.

I had been overweight for about 30 years. I was initially diagnosed with high cholesterol levels (but v.low HDL which isn't healthy) about 11 years ago. I have been on meds for a few of those years. I had ALWAYS eaten a very healthy diet, with a little lean meat daily, not always red meat. A couple years ago my Dr referred me to a Dietician, so I went armed with a few print-outs from my Daily Nutrition Report so she could see exactly what foods I ate, and the calories consumed. She told me that my diet was definitely not the problem, but that I had a very slow metabalism. She put me on a very low calorie diet, and the weigh started to come off. In 16 months I lost just over 23kg (approx. 50lb) and with it my cholesterol levels ended up in the very low range (except my HDL is still too low). NOW my Dr is looking at the possibility of taking me off my meds. For me, the cholesterol levels were ALL about weight, not what I consumed. I have a very strong family history of heart disease and diabetes, and my sister has just recently had 2 strokes.

Below are a couple links, the first to the Mayo Clinic, and the second to WebMD. Both are well worth reading.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood
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holesterol/DS00178/DSECTION=lifestylR>e-and-home-remedies


www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management
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I hope you enjoy the articles - there are many tabs you can click on from them, to take you further into the info if you wish.

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1/9/10 9:40 P

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Loosing weight does help alot, but low fat foods and plat sterols help as well. Try to eat fish and chicken as much as possible.
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I've had high cholesterol for a few years now, and am only 27. I don't have a very in intake of Cholesterol at all, actually it's at the very lowest end of my recommended daily intake. I was just wondering if losing weight alone will lower my Cholesterol.



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