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12/15/10 9:12 A

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I was able to get my cholesterol levels in line naturally following Dr. Davis's plan. He is a cardiologist that has found several natural ways to lower cholesterol. He has a blog with all kinds of good information at:

heartscanblog.blogspot.com/

My biggest issue wasn't lowering LDL cholesterol, it was raising HDL. I was able to take the healthy cholesterol levels from the 20s into the 60s using diet, vitamin D, fish oil, magnesium, niacin, and a few other items.

Overall I feel great taking a natural route! Good luck to your father!

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10/18/10 4:37 P

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I also eat a lot more fibre than is "recommended"! The miniumum is 42g daily, and IF I have Paracode (tiny bit of codeine in it) I need up to and sometimes more than 55g daily! I talked with my Dietician regarding this, and she said that IF I was having too much, I would soon know, and that obviously I needed it! She prescribed Benefibre to help me meet my goal on the days I can't do it with food! I adjusted the Fibre goal on the tracker to meet my requirements.

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Hi I am new to this thread. I lost weight over 40 pounds all other health issues are under control EXCEPT cholesterol.
I have repeat lipids again on Wednesday and Dr wants to put me on Statins. I do not take kindly to them.
I have been doing milled flax daily. I keep getting too much fiber messages from my tracker but it honestly never gives me problems. I will check with DR though and thanks for the heads up on looking in to meds reactions. Pat in Maine.

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10/16/10 4:37 P

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Thank you!! This is great info, Kris.
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BEFORE you go out and buy the flaxseed or any other supplement, read this link (to the Mayo Clinic) first, and if need be, check with the Dr to make sure that there won't be any interactions with any medications: www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholestero
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10/16/10 3:50 P

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Thank you so much! I love ground flaxseed, and will be buying my dad a bag also!!
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For those that want to try natural, try using ground flax seed. I buy the whole seed and grind it in my coffee grinder. It will lower your numbers. You can put it in other food, use it in place of eggs, mix it in yogurt, sauce, and juice. Mix it in your hamburger or tomato sauce for pasta. You can put it in your baking to hide it.
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I thought I could control my cholesterol with a low carb diet. I followed Atkins for 3 months which I believed (only because I wanted to) that butter, cream, fatty meats, and even eggs would do the trick. Well, DUH, how stupid was I???

I had blood work done after 3 months on Atkins, and although my triglycerides went down, my LDL spiked up 50 points. I'm still going try and control my cholesterol with diet. I took Lipitor for awhile, and I had terrible side effects.

I've been on South Beach for about 2 weeks now, and I even lost 4 pounds. SB is more regimented, and more like a diabetic or WW diet. There is no eating all those bad fats, only good fats and complex carbohydrates. I am really enjoying it, and my doctor agrees that it will definitely help with my cholesterol. Of course I try to exercise too. Oh well, we shall see in a few months.

I also got the book, "Cholesterol Down" which I'm excited to read.

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10/16/10 12:35 A

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My husband's grandmother lived to be almost 102 years old with high cholesterol, no meds, and that isn't even what killed her. My husband takes pills for it. I rather do it naturally. Don't really trust some of these medications.

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My Dr AND Dietician both told me that with a lot of people having the bloods done every 3 months isn't necessary and often the changes don't show up in that short period of time! After the last bad result my Dr suggested my waiting until I was a lot further down the track with my weightloss - it tool 23kg (approx. 50lb) for the change to actually show - THAT was the one that showed the good results. It was about 9 months after the previous bad one! Even my husband didn't have 3-monthly ones after his Heart Attack and going on to Statins. I talked with the Dietician and the Coronary Nurse about repeating the tests, and they both said that a minimum of 6 months was all that was needed initially and now (nearly 4 years later) it is annual.

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10/15/10 11:30 P

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I guess I'm going to have to be his nagging babysitter and make him go back in 6 months. I'm hoping that things will get better!!
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First re Kirstens note: that 'all it took' was that medication" Geez.... AND a QUADRUPLE BYPASS...I have heard 100 stories about how wonderful people feel AFTER THE BYPASS.
We are all responsible for our own choices. I was on statins for a short time and had such horrible reactions I told my doctor that I would NOT BE MADE AN INVALID by something that was SUPPOSED to help me. I prefer to workout daily and watch my diet and keep an eye on my weight. My numbers are getting better, although slowly, and I am happy NOT TO BE taking any statins for cholesterol problems.

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They checked it 3 mos after I went on meds. Before that when I wasn't on meds, they checked it every six months. For me (and I recognize everyone is different), my LDL plummeted in three months. It went from 225 to 125. I'll go for my next one in December.

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Kris - excellent points. My dad did a great job for about six months after his quad bypass in eating healthy and exercising. He even lost 30 lbs! But of course, once he was out of the danger zone, he's gained the weight back. As much as I would love to harp on him every chance I get about this, I said my piece once to him. He's a 65 year old man, and it's up to him to take care of himself. But I can't help worrying obviously, because I love him.
So even though I wasn't the original poster here, it really hits home with me too.

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Thank you so much for your helpful feedbacks, ladies!! And I'm so sorry to hear about your loved ones. :( I'm sure if anyone understands how I feel, it would be you two!!

I'm not even sure where he gets his high cholesterol from, especially since my father was adopted. He does have cheat meals every now and then, or maybe it was his lack of exercise. It could very well be genetic but my cholesterol is not as high yet. And yes, my father did make a choice. As helpless as I feel, I guess I'll have to see how it plays out. But I won't be waiting too long!! He's making an attempt to change his lifestyle and diet and I'm hoping that he checks up on his cholesterol levels again. Can any of you advise as to how long I should wait for him to go back for another checkup?

Thanks again!!

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Even tho' I ate a very healthy diet which was very low in saturated fats or processed foods, AND had medication for a very high cholesterol (all lipids were well out of whack) the medications didn't seem to lower them at all. But of course, it could have stopped them getting worse. What DID help was losing my weight - just decreasing calories! I had always done exercise but not as much as is normally recommended because of skeletal issues. Anyway, since I have lost the weight, my cholesterol levels aer all in the low healthy range.

If your father is exercising as he does every day, and has changed his diet, it is quite possible that he will achieve a much more acceptable level.

My husband had been VERY active, wasn't overweight, and his cholesterol was actually quite low. HE is the one who had a heart attack.

There are a lot of variables. I would be inclined to ask your father if, after a few months, the levels aren't improving, would he be willing to try the meds then! Remember, tho', that the levels won't improve straight away - it does take a while!

Altho' it is hard, you must allow your father to make an informed choice - he is aware of the potential risks, and now knows what HE can do re lifestyle to hopefully improve his situation, so you must respect that. You have shown your concern - now it is up to him!

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I absolutely understand your concern. My father has high cholesterol as well. His was genetically inherited. I too, therefore, have it as well. My father was given a chance by his doctor to lower his high cholesterol naturally. Turns out he wasn't very good at that. In 2008, my dad had a quadruple bypass. It was very frightening for my whole family. He is two years past that surgery now, and two years on cholesterol meds. He is SO much healthier no, and all it took was that medication. Last year, my doctor found that I too have high cholesterol (same as my dad - high LDL, but HDL and triglycerides were perfect). He gave me a year to lower it naturally. Turns out it only went up. And I'm a vegetarian who works out daily. So now I take meds and my cholesterol is in check.
I'm sorry you're struggling with your dad on this one. I really hope you can convince him otherwise. Best of luck to you!

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My father has very high cholesterol - don't know the exact numbers, but all I know is that the total is 264 and the LDL is definitely well over 100. The doctor had even prescribed medication for him saying that he's afraid of him getting a heart attack since that's the direction he's headed. No matter how many times I express my concerns and urge him to take his meds while trying to improve his lifestyle, he just won't listen. He insists on lowering his cholesterol the natural way through a healthy diet and exercise (45 mins on the treadmill every day).

Have any of you successfully lowered your cholesterol naturally?? I'm going to look into the "Cholesterol Down" that some of you have mentioned on this team. But I would love feedback on some real experiences. I hate to sound so vulnerable, but I'm scared as to what might happen to him going forward and would love some advice.

Thanks so much!!


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