My mom's cholesterol is a scary 300+, and that's with statin drugs. She eats a lot of red meat and doesn't care about her cholesterol.
My MD diagnosed me with high cholesterol when I was just 12. At the time, I didn't have control over my diet, because my parents cooked. I just tried to eat less meat and more vegetables and fruits like my doctor wanted me to.
When I got older and still had high cholesterol, I became a vegetarian. Later I learned more about the ethics of meat eating/dairy consumption, and became vegan. However, I first became a vegetarian due to my cholesterol levels.
Being vegan has been the solution. It was the ONLY thing that got my choleseterol under control. Now it's around 150, and I don't eat meat or dairy. That seems high for someone who doesn't consume cholesterol, but apparently, my body just makes a lot of it.
I'd encourage thinking of a well-planned, healthy vegetarian or vegan diet over statins. Not only does it work better most of the time, especially vegan diets, but a diet richer in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is usually not a bad thing.
- 9/17/2009 2:00:36 PM