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I'm pretty new to this board but I wanted to share my experience with Garlic and cholesterol reduction. Okay this happened to my dad(so no PCOS involved here).He is in his 60s.
Few years back I bought a bottle of garlic capsules for him just to improve his joint pains and such(I think I got the odorless Garlique brand). After taking that everyday with meal for a month his doctor was stunned to see his cholesterol dropped to extremely healthy range! Doctor asked him to stop taking garlic. Ever since his cholesterol has remained healthy(he just takes small amount of garlic in everyday food thats it).
You might want to give it a try. We were not aware that garlic could do so much of a difference though we use a lot of garlic in our daily meals!
Edited by: GOAL140 at: 2/12/2008 (10:37)
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I keep mine in check with:
Red Yeast Rice capsules
Artichoke Extract Capsules
and I eat RAW Old Fashioned Oats every single morning.
My total cholesterol is 152 and my hdl is 54.
Edited by: MINDY_SUE at: 2/8/2008 (16:14)
My cholesterol was 242 in late September. MY GYN put me on met for the PCOS and my January blood panels had my cholesterol at 176. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but that's what has been working for me.
Mine are high, too. I've been dieting and taking all my meds, and they are still borderline. I have some fish oil, but I've been bad about taking it regularly. I'm going to go grab the bottle right now! Thanks for the reminder!
I had the same problem before I went on Metformin. An idiot doctor put me on Lipitor - I was 24 and vegan at the time. Lipitor did not reduce my cholesterol at all. Two months on Metformin, and my cholesterol was fine.
The other tips here are great too.
Gluten-free since 5/27/2008!
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I am not sure honestly. The RN told me that I had decently good levels where they needed to be but the bad stuff was too high.
"just do it already"
I had a doctor appointment this past Friday and my doctor is giving me two months to get my cholesterol levels down or I'm going to be put on medicine..
I'm starting the workouts tonight.. working on improving the diet and doing well so far!
I'm going to check into that Yoplait yogurt..
I also have high cholesterol. My triglycerides are really bad. I try to keep mine under control with diet and exercise. They won't put me on any cholesterol lowering meds because they are afraid that they will make the insulin resistance worse. I think I'm going to try the fish oil and flaxseed. There is alos a new yogurt "shot" put out by (I think) Yoplait that is supposed to lower cholesterol, too. Anything is worth a try at this point.
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Fish Oil is best - my endo says it's about as good at lowering cholesterol as some of the meds that are out there!!! I've heard that there are some versions out there that are vegetarian-friendly - it's not labelled fish oil, but Omega-3 EPA & DHA These are the most important components. They CAN be made from ALA found in Flax Seed Oil, but VERY in-efficiently!!!.
As for protein - bean, beans, are good for your heart... and they're a FANTASTIC, CHEAP source of protein that is low in fat and high in fiber!!! I'm considering going semi-vegetarian and eating a LOT more beans (legumes). There is a mis-understanding that they are not a complete protein, but that's not true. They are actually VERY good for you! Make some Hummus & spread it on some Triscuit (woven wheat) crackers, top with a little chopped tomato, and VOILA - tasty and filling snack!
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:::Raises hand::: So much so I've had a heart attack. Nice huh? Basically the main way to get them to flip is fish oil capsules, flax seed, evening primose oil capsules (Omega 6 as to the Omega 3 from fish), LOTS of exercise, and cholesterol lowering meds. I can't take statins but there are other options americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?id
yeah...you don't have to eat it to have it.
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Is anyone going through full out pcos with high levels of bad cholesterol and really low levels of the good stuff? How did/do you go about fixing this?? I am a vegetarian and don't eat dairy... in essence, I do not consume cholesterol from products, my body just apparently is cranking it out like crazy! What are some healthy ways to combat this with pcos? Also, what are some healthy sources of protein that will not spike my cholesterol?? Thanks everyone for your help, support, and advice!! :-D