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I just started taking CholestOff on the advice of my dr.I've only been on it for about 2 weeks,so I haven't had my numbers checked again.I was on Crestor for 1 month but had to quit taking it due to muscle aches and pain,I also gained a pound while on Crestor. I was unhappy about that as I am on a weight loss program.After a month on medication I decided I wanted to go natural if possible.

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I have had high cholesterol for probably 20 years. It runs in my family to have levels well into the 3 and 400's. I tired cholesterol meds, a few caused me to have muscle pain/aches, so were short lived. I tried zetia for years and just quit taking that, due to elevating liver enzymes.
Since stopping the zetia, I decided I need to really take responsibility for my health, pay attention to what I am eating, and not just think I can eat anything and the med will take care of it all (which is incorrect anyway!). I think that is what brought me to SparkPeople, that and the fact that I need to lose weight and get healthier. So as I have started to log what I eat, I realize what I had been doing to my body and my families bodies for years. All the whole milk cheese, eggs, meats, that we ate... WOW, Killer! In addition to all the processed foods... Double WOW and Yikes!

Now we are going with more organic, and natural foods, unprocessed fresh fruits and vegis, less meats and choosing alternate protein sources.

"A natural diet and avoid stuff in boxes"

I look forward to having my cholesterol drawn and seeing the difference it makes.

Years ago, my husband's cholesterol was getting up to the 180's and he started to eat lots of garlic, raw whole garlic cloves... Dropped his cholesterol way down! Amazing what can be done without drugs!!



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7/28/10 9:09 A

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How about adding barley to your diet. It is great at helping to lower your LDL numbers. I also cut out egg yolks, there's 270mg cholesterol in 1 large yolk. Best wishes on your journey! Aren't genetics grand!!!

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I looked at krill oil, but other than the SloNiacin I'm trying first to get my nutrient benefits from foods rather than supplements. I'll be checking my cholesterol in about a month, and if nothing's budged I'll add an Omega-3 EPA/DHA oil supplement.

I don't have any experience or knowledge of CholestOff. As with oils, I'd rather get the benefits of phytosterols from my diet.

A year ago, my cholesterol was surprisingly low (for me) with decent HDL. I suspect it was almonds that were the main contributor to those results. I stopped eating almonds and my cholesterol went back to its normal poor levels. I've thrown in other measures into the mix, so I won't know for sure if it was the almonds if my cholesterol improves. But when it comes to "medicine," almonds are a tasty choice.

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pickie89 - I'm taking Cholest-Off, for about six months now. I take that, metamucil, garlic, almonds, oatmeal, flax seed and walk 2 miles a day. I've brought my cholesterol down from 220 to 187. Any other questions, feel free to post and I'll answer.

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YIBYAB- you should try Krill Oil. My doctor recommended I take it instead of Fish Oil because the body is able to digest it better and absorb the nutrients. It reduces LDL and increases HDL.

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Has anybody else taken Nature Made Cholest-off?

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I've not read all the posts on this topic yet. Thought I'd post my own situation and program first and then see what others have suggested.

I'm 49. Male. Non-smoker. 5'6" and at a healthy weight of 145 lbs (+/- 2) for over a year now, and my body fat percentage has been 15-18%. My blood pressure runs on the low side (110-115/68-72) and my resting heart rate is a good 42-48 bpm. My VO2Max estimates in at around 48.

That's all the good bragging stuff. But I have a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol apparently since I tend to hover around 225-235 total with HDL in the high 30s/low 40s. It doesn't seem to matter what my weight is or how aerobically fit I am. A year ago, I was ecstatic to find that my total was 190 and my HDL was 48. I was convinced that my athletic physical conditioning was responsible.

This year, I thought I had gotten even better, having recently completed my first marathon and running 5K/10K/half marathons faster than I had since I was in my 20s. But my lipid tests shows I'm back up again to 235 (HDL back down to 40).

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Not only that, but my C-Reactive Protein marker is slightly elevated, which could possibly correlate to arterial inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease.

So, what to do? My diet is already low in saturated fats and though I'm not a vegetarian, red meat is a minor part of my diet. I don't want to go on any statin treatments, so I've decided to throw all the recommended dietary measures at the problem for one last blitz.

1. 1 oz almonds every day
2. 3-4 servings of salmon/albacore tuna a week
3. 4 servings of oatmeal a week
4. 1 tbsp flaxseed a day
5. Soy protein supplement daily
6. 4-5 servings of beans/legumes a week
7. An apple a day
8. As much green veggies (broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus, etc.) as I can get
9. 500mg SloNiacin a day

Am I missing anything? I'd rather eat fish than take an Omega-3 supplement. And I'm having a hard time tolerating the 500mg of slow release niacin, so I'm not going to up the dosage until I adapt to it and my doctor approves the increase.

I'm going to have my levels checked again in around 6-8 weeks. Is that too soon? Any help or recommendations? I'll read the rest of the replies now and see if I can glean anything I haven't thought of.

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High Cholesterol runs in my family. My known max was 288. I have had a lipid analysis done that determined that i do not have large numbers of cholesterol in my blood, but the cholesterol in my blood is large in size. But even so, Medication was the choice to treat it. After years of medication, I have had to stop taking it due to a pattern of a rising liver enzyme. So here I am, with a cholesterol of 250ish and needing to get my diet lifestyle and cholesterol in check.
I have recently discovered that cheese is not really my friend, however reduced fat cheese still can be. I love cheese and even though I heard it for years, chose to ignore the need to switch to low fat cheese. Reduced fat cheese made it to my dinner plate last night, and low and behold it did not bust my nutritional analysis for fat and cholesterol for the day!!
Eating more garlic, fresh fruits and vegis, whole grains, nuts, unprocessed foods, less meat and more beans, need to start taking my fish oil again and can't wait to see the difference it makes in my numbers with my next lab draw!

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My son had his gallbladder removed and from what I read, the gallbladder only dispenses the bile, the liver makes it, so you can still digest fats, not that you want to eat much anyway. If you take over the counter krill or fish oil, it's much cheaper and reading the posts will give you plenty of other alternatives to harsh prescriptions. Hope this helps.
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I need to boost up everything said hear.

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flax seeds, sunflower seeds, old fashioned oat meal, lots of whole grains. All these need to be included in everyday's meals. of course you need to take the cals, carbs fats and prots into your food tracking so you do not unbalance your total daily income. and consistency of doing it daily counts quite a bit


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i read your posting and me and you weight almost the same i have try falxseed in my ceral smart choice its
expensive but it beats strains you have to keep up everyday i found that when i miss eating that way two day my numers were creeping up again let me know how you are going to reduced the chole my name is julie...

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Hello. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and have been taking fish oil and eating healthier with more veggies and whole grains. I was recently looking at the low glycemic index and would like to know what fruits are included in that. Fruit is really the hardest part for me to eat. Thanks for any sugestions.

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I had real success lowering my numbers with diet, supplements & exercise. Then I let it go of the supplements & exercise and my cholesterol went right back up. So I am losing weight again, taking red yeast rice,fish oil, niacin, oat bran, lecithin and walking & yoga. I won't know what is helping the most so I'll just have to keep doing it all. Just a little weight seems to make a big difference. Mine is heredity. I've eaten well for a long time-- that part is not hard for me.

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old fashioned oat meal, flaxseed and sunflower seeds included on your daily meals will surely lower bad cholesterol. there is another one but I do not know the name in english. it is called semilla de chia. I will gtry to find out the translation

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Congratulations on your numbers!! That's totally awesome!! I am going to try this myself. I'm trying to keep from having to start on statins. My borderline high choloesterol is not hereditary, so I should have some good results, too.

Thanks for sharing!!

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Success! I wanted to share with you my test results. After 12 weeks of following the "Cholesterol Down" program (book by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN) fairly closely (of the 10 things you're supposed to do/eat every day, I did 8 most days), my results were as follows:

Total cholesterol - was 220, now is 187
Triglicerides - were 92, now are 77
HDL Cholesterol - was 65, now is 56
LDL Cholesterol - was 137, now is 116

This program is relatively easy to follow once you get used to it. Eat the appropriate things, take the supplements, walk. I am thrilled with the results as is my doctor. Her response? Whatever you're doing is great, keep up the good work.

I'd encourage anyone who'd like to avoid taking statins to try this. I can tell you quite honestly it has worked for me.

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Let me know if anything doesn't make sense - I may have short-handed a bit but I think it's clear. The basic premise isn't hocus-pocus - it's just that each of these elements has a proven track record of improving heart-health and cholesterol and using them all together gives good results. The proof will be in the pudding - first time I've ever been excited to have my blood drawn! Three more weeks.

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Thanks for all the helpful info everyone...sure do appreciate. emoticon

Dolly_L, have just printed off your current plan and will give it a try. My poor, old body just doesn's like taking so many meds for whatever emoticon and for the last several months have been into trying to have no meds or very limited, esp. when it comes to my liver, etc.

Have a great week all...

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I'll gladly share my current plan with you. I am 9 weeks into a 12 week trial to avoid having to go on statins. Three weeks and I get new bloodwork done and will post here so that others see if this plan works - at least for me.

For now I'm following a plan from a book called Cholesterol Down. Ten simple steps that you do every day. And it really is simple, though I admit I only hit about 7 of the steps every day. It is 7 more things than I was doing before for my health. Here they are:
1 - eat oatmeal
2 - eat 2 tbs flax seeds
3 - eat an apple
4 - eat 1/4 cup almonds
5 - take metamucil (6 tablets daily)
6 - take garlic - supplement or fresh
7 - eat something with stenols (?) or take cholest-off
8 - eat beans
9 - eat soy
10 - walk at least 30 minutes a day

As I said, I'm hitting about 7 of these every day and can't wait to get my bloodwork done - I really want to hope it's working.

Good luck.

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Hi everyone. I was recently prescribed medication for cholersterol, and well I ma trying to fix this problem naturally. Any good suggestions? I am eating lots more fruit and veggies, gave up a good portion of red meat and excercise at least 6 times a week at the gym. Is there anything more I can try?

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My chol. and other numbers are always out of control....doc also wanted me to start pills, this time Slo Niacin, but drugs for chol., etc. make me very sick as I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and he wanted me to start at a double dosage.... no thank you, so we agreed on Fish Oil one pill in a.m. and one in the p.m. This seems to be working for me.

I also agree that we all have to get as much info as we can regarding pills, etc. and then make an educated decision for ourselves. Here's hoping and praying for good luck for better health issues for us all.

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The side effects of statins is a big reason why I want to avoid taking them. I was thinking maybe the red yeast rice would be a good idea but I think it is also risky.

for example: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupple
mentguide/a/redyeastside.htm

We each have to make up our own minds about what to do. May each one of us find a better way that works with the least damage done to our bodies.



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I also had problems with Lipitor. It just hurt too much to move, and walking was nearly impossible. Once I switched to red yeast rice, I can move, my numbers have gone down, and I am more active. Try it if your doctor approves. I wouldn't go back.

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Hi,
I cannot tolerate any of the meds for cholestrol, my husband & i suffer severe pain all over. My doctor suggested that we take 2 fish oil capsules a day,1 am/1pm. It's known to help lower cholesterol.
Hope this info helps.

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The echinicea? nope, it gives your immunity system a boost and helps to fight of colds, flu etc. I use it only when I feel something coming on, or when I'm sick. If you overuse it I think it loses some of its effectiveness I don't know whether it's in my mind or what, but it does make a huge difference to me and I'm hardly ever down and out with a cold or the flu (knock on wood)

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dose that also help you feel full since it expands?

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Thanks Rosie,
I am going to make a Doctor's appointment as soon as I can. I have been feeling like I've had the beginning of the 'flu for quite a while and just thought I was managing to beat it echinicea. It's hard enough to exercise without feeling achy.

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Unfortunately, Kathy, some people do have muscle pain, and other side effects from statins. I had to stop taking Lipitor because of just that. I felt as though my bones, and whole body ached, and had trouble walking. It was as though I had the flu without the cold symptoms.

I researched Red Yeast Rice with COQ10, and have been on it for awhile. My numbers are improving significantly with the approval of my doctor.

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Oh my word, I was just reading, some of the older posts in this thread, and seeing some of the side effects people suffered with statins. I thought some of the aches I've been feeling and the whole braAre these side effects common with statins? I think I want to revisit my friendly neighbourhood Dr.

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This is going to be a great group for me. I am currently on pravastatin and my cholesterol has come down only a little tiny bit, my doctor wants to increase it, but I don't. I also don't want to have a heart attack. I've already learned so many things from reading this thread. My question for you guys is, is it okay to try niacin etc when you are on meds? I am really hoping that if I bring it down I won't have to increase, and hopefully will be able to get off meds.

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My cholesterol went down 30 points since last December and I have pretty faithfully been putting in 30 minutes a day and watching my diet very close.

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how do you get that ticker

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My BF's dr did the same thing. Unfortunately most people will take the pill rather than do the lifestyle change. Me on the other hand, ask questions. BF does not. We also use the same doctor.

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I am new to Spark.My doctor wants me to take meds for my cholesterol.I said no.I am trying to bring it down naturally.I take fish oil plant sterals,niacin.I was really surprised that the doctor didnt even offer the diet first,she just wanted to give me a pill.I have fibromialgia and im not likely to take anything that will cause pain.This group should be good for me

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iF YOU TAKE IT BEFORE MEALS IT SHOULD KEEP YOU FROM EATING SO MUCH TOO.

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I have been seeing a nutritionist and she has me taking Psyllium husk. This is a fiber that you stir into water. It does not dissolve but expands!! So you have to drink it fast. LOL I stir about 2 teas. in a small glass of water. I do this 4 times a day (if I remember!) Yes, it does help!

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Great job, keep it up!!!! emoticon

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Years ago I had a gastrointestinal problem because I wasn't eating much fiber. After all kinds of tests the doctor told me to take a heaping tablespoon of Metamucil every night for the rest of my life. I've been doing that, and haven't had any problems since. It's a staple in my house.

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I don't really know. I find it interesting though that now they're promoting it as part of a "heart healthy" diet. They're doing tv commercials and it's on the packaging. It's also part of this "Cholesterol Down" program I'm doing. My doc won't retest me for 90 days, and the metamucil is only part of the plan, but I'll post my results.

As a side note, I was afraid of taking it because I thought I'd spend the day in the bathroom but those fears have turned out to be totally unjustified.

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does taking a fiber supplement like Metamucil help?

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I have high cholesterol and my doctor has put me on lipitor, tricor and the lovaza which all seem to be doing a good job because the cholesterol has been coming down which is a good thing. The only other problem that I have is that both sides of the caratoid atery are blocked. One side is at 25 percent and 30.

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Just by cutting out most processed foods, taking fish oil, CoQ10, eating flax, oatmeal every once in awhile, I was able to start taking over the counter niacin. I also tend to eat lower carb than most people but not real low or no carb. Whole grains, nuts, seeds low glycemic fruits and lots of veggies and protein worked for me. And the exercise helps too.

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3/7/10 1:05 P

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I'm new here so may not know what I'm doing, but...

I cannot take statins, and I have to do something because my cholesterol and triglycerides are over the moon, and I have had angina. So the cardiologist prescribed Lovaza, which is a very concentrated fish oil. My body tolerates it up to a point; I can only take 3 a day; any more gives me diarrhea (I also don't have a gallbladder to help digest fats). It's extremely expensive, about $80 per month if you only took 2 a day; mine as $162 as I was to take 4 a day. But I got some help from the pharmaceutical company. You could also just take a bunch of fish oil. Good luck!

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3/6/10 5:46 P

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My cholesterol has been 220 for about a year and the doc finally told me she wanted me to start taking a statin. After a little research with "Dr. Google", I wanted no part of them. Did some more research and found a book called "Cholesterol Down" by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN. The cover says "10 simple steps to lower your cholesterol in 4 weeks without prescription drugs" . . . well I figured I have to try it and my doc is in agreement. She doesn't want to retest me for 90 days and I'm itchy to find out how it's working. In a nutshell, you walk 30 minutes a day and add to your diet: Oatmeal, Almonds, Flaxseeds, Metamucil, Beans, Apples, Margerin w/Phytosterols, Soy and Garlic. I am hitting about 7 out of 10 most days and have lost 4 pounds. I'd love to hear from anyone whose tried this as to how effective it was. Me? I've got to wait 10 more weeks! Good luck.

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3/4/10 8:19 P

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what do you do when your liver won't let you take meds?

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I just came back from the doctors where I was prescriped (for the fist time) meds for high cholesterol. The documentation for Simvastatin says to "Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice." The doctor told me that the emzymes that break down grapefruit is the same for the meds and as a result your body can build up an unsafe level of them.

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2/15/10 8:45 A

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hhmm - I need to check out the CoQ10 supplements - that's new to me

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