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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart

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PETAKEN

2/28/2013 8:33:25 PM

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I have had very high cholesterol: for the last 28 years- first time tested for it - was told I would be dead in 5 years - 78 and still going strong, told by a doctor once, that some people have a naturally high cholesterol level, and live with it.
Exercise daily and kayak 3-4 times per week, and watch I do not eat too much, but on the whole eat what I want. Horses for courses perhaps.

ITSMEVEVE

2/28/2013 4:04:03 PM

This information is not right. You need fat for your brain. I have started adding fat into my diet. I listen to Dr Davis who wrote "Wheat Belly" he is also a heart Dr.
Canola oil? Made from GMO corn I am not willing to take the risk of putting GMO's in my body.
This cholesterol watch was added to my account automatically when I joined but I don't feel its watching out for my best interests. I am not sure how to turn it off.

FP4HLOSER

9/11/2012 3:30:13 PM

I watched the documentary FatHead. Very informative.

ANNMH130

8/30/2012 1:53:56 PM

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This is an excellent article to magnet to the fridge.
A few more tips: Melons like cantaloupe and spring melons are high in fiber. Potatos, yams, spaghetti and butternut squash, Not white rice which is mostly carbohydrate but brown rice or wild rice, high in fiber.
Extra light olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, sesame oil are mostly monounsaturates. I find the olive oil adds the better flavor to foods, followed by sesame oil.
Carbohydrates do increase cholesterol when stored as fat first. Try low carbohydrate foods with flavors, desserts i.e mostly made low sugar but with fruit for flavoring. I make muffins and omit the milk, eggs substituting with apple sauce or one of the healthy harvest brands of sauce like peach or mango medley. Instead of vanilla which is an alcohol, I keep
lemon, orange, apricot flavors on my pantry shelves for baking, this really perks up a dessert.
Enjoy the food!

JANNEBARN

8/30/2012 10:52:04 AM

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I am sorry to say Becky Hand is way behind the times, both in how to lower cholesterol, and if in fact high cholesterol is as dangerous as Big Pharma would like us to believe. Becky needs to read Dr. Uffe Ravnskov's books along with Dr. William Davis' and Gary Taubes' works. Get with the times!

TATERS82

8/30/2012 7:11:49 AM

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Becky Hand, please guide me to the research studies that indicate that monounsaturated fat intake is associated with increased HDL. To my knowledge, nothing we eat will increase our HDL level, but like Mayo Clinic says, "Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — found in olive, peanut and canola oils — tend to improve HDL's anti-inflammatory abilities. Nuts, fish and other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are other good choices for improving your LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio." Improving anti-inflammatory abilities is not the same as raising the number. Omega-3s (polyunsaturated fats) improve the ratio of of LDL to HDL, but it doesn't necessarily raise HDL. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hdl-chol
esterol/CL00030/NSECTIONGROUP=2)

MIKIMOUSE11

7/4/2012 11:41:10 AM

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Just don't eat meat and dairy, instant cholesterol drop. It's not easy, I've been doing it about a month and have hard a hard time letting go of cheese, lol. I think mentally I feel a bit panicked about the extra carbs I am eating, I spent a lifetime hearing about high animal protein and low carbs is the magic combination...but I think my body is going to respond well to it when it undertstands that this is the way it's going to be from now on. Whole grains, lots of veggies and fruits, avoid prossed foods and there should be very little chance of heart disease. Although there is bias in everything, I got quite a bit of out of the book "The China Study" and the companion movie " Forks Over Knives". It convinced me to cut out animal based foods if I want any control of my health as I age. Enslaving and killing animals is terrible anyway, I feel good getting away from it.

LATTISHAREED777

5/31/2012 5:35:08 PM

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thanks for the article i was diagnosed with high cholesterol and i am determined to get it down asap...thanks for the tips and pointers..they really helped!

AZURE-SKY

2/22/2012 2:39:09 PM

I agree that reducing the amount of processed foods we eat is a good idea, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the article.

I found that when I followed the Atkins diet (for a diet study several years ago), cutting down on carbs really affected my cholesteral and triglycerides - in a good way. Both dropped significantly. At the end of the study, I went back to my normal way of eating, was retested, and both the cholesterol and triglycerides went back up.

For me - that means watching my carbs, so I stick with oatmeal instead of any other "processed" cereals, only occasionally eat bread of any kind, and avoid most baked goods. For snacks, it's nuts, fruit & veggies, plain yogurt. I use olive oil to cook with and on my salads - no more bottled salad dressings for me. I don't follow Atkins any longer - it's too restrictive for me to sustain. My eating plan is more like South Beach.

This means I give up the convenience of packaged foods, but in the long run, I'm saving money, and am much healthier by doing my own cooking. I also am less hungry, have more energy, and I don't have the sugar cravings I used to have.

AZURE-SKY

2/22/2012 2:39:09 PM

I agree that reducing the amount of processed foods we eat is a good idea, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the article.

I found that when I followed the Atkins diet (for a diet study several years ago), cutting down on carbs really affected my cholesteral and triglycerides - in a good way. Both dropped significantly. At the end of the study, I went back to my normal way of eating, was retested, and both the cholesterol and triglycerides went back up.

For me - that means watching my carbs, so I stick with oatmeal instead of any other "processed" cereals, only occasionally eat bread of any kind, and avoid most baked goods. For snacks, it's nuts, fruit & veggies, plain yogurt. I use olive oil to cook with and on my salads - no more bottled salad dressings for me. I don't follow Atkins any longer - it's too restrictive for me to sustain. My eating plan is more like South Beach.

This means I give up the convenience of packaged foods, but in the long run, I'm saving money, and am much healthier by doing my own cooking. I also am less hungry, have more energy, and I don't have the sugar cravings I used to have.

MSPOOH404

2/22/2012 8:12:29 AM

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Like everything else I've read on SP, this is something that each person needs to evaluate in his/her own life. Talk to YOUR doctor about YOUR situation. Follow what seems to work for YOUR health and YOUR lifestyle.

This kind of information is always changing as research finds something new...or finds that something old was correct in the first place . Doesn't it depend on who does the research and how it's done? Just because I can look it up and read it for myself doesn't mean I'll understand all the implications...and it doesn't mean the research is trustworthy.

Instead of bending over backward and jumping every time some doctor or researcher says BOO, do what's right for YOU. If you tried one method (like reducing fats, processed foods, etc.) and you find it's not working for you, then try something else. I, for one, will not be moved with every wind that blows.

--KREN

2/22/2012 6:24:38 AM

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This article is not exactly cutting edge. Now that you can read the research yourself all over the internet, you can see that high fat is not the culprit. Sugar raises cholesterol but is not mentioned. Lots of the old standby dogma about fat and cholesterol comes from falsely interpreting past research. Do your own research and you'll find that many dieticians are still preaching what they learned decades ago, when the facts have now been looked at a lot more objectively and the answers are not the same.

COUNTING_DOWN

2/22/2012 12:23:30 AM

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This article shares advise that is contradictory to some of the leading cardiologists in the country. I believe that the work of Dr Caldwell Esselstyn will go much further at preventing and reversing heart disease as well as diabetes. It concerns me that I don't see his work anywhere on sparkpeople.

CTTAGENT

11/24/2011 3:51:56 PM

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There are a lot of interesting varied comments for this article. I am glad that it is acknowledged that we need some fat in our diets, for varied reasons. I have had times that I tried to eat something and it tasted dry and I could not even choke it down, but providing a little fat with it did make a huge difference, making the meal pleasant. My cholesterol came down with my last bloodwork, which I believe to be due to my increase in exercise, but also trying to find the balance of my body's needs for fats, proteins, carbs, water, minerals/vitamins and what I eat.

KATHLEENESC

10/5/2011 4:18:12 PM

I have read that Cholesterol Is Your Body’s Most Powerful Defense Against Toxins & Free Radicals - and not really indicative of heart disease

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