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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart


    Hi, Becky I miss your articles they are very great. I was away for a while I am so sorry. I eat a lot of dry beans and peas mix with bulgar wheat and brown rice. I always Have trouble measuring the salt and oil intake because I cook for 4 people. However I been using the right type of oils that you sugested. By the way you look like a trainer in jym. Thank you much. - 10/20/2009 12:55:39 PM
  • Fishing and fish farming are going to cause the death of our oceans. Eating fish is awful for the environment (except perhaps fish you've caught yourself), not to mention a crap shoot in terms of toxins. I get my omegas from flax seeds and other sources. Some say they are not as "readily absorbed" as the omegas in fish, but I put flax in smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, cookies...basically everything I I know I definitely get enough. No gross fish or supplements needed.

    Cholesterol, for me, is a simple thing and something that doesn't require a big laundry list of dos and donts. I do not consume any cholesterol. My cholesterol is low. Wow, what a concept. - 10/19/2009 7:17:22 PM
  • I find this is the hardest thing to track because food packets don't list how much cholesterol is in the food. - 10/19/2009 4:25:59 PM
  • My triglycerides were 130, and my total cholesterol was 268. My doctor wanted to put me on statin drugs. I didn't want to have to take an expensive drug for the rest of my life, so I did my own research and discovered that 1500mg of Niacin along with flax and vinegar do the job just as well without the expense or the muscle fatigue and other side affects often associated with statins.

    I started at 50mg a day for a week, then added 50mg more each day each week until I reached 1500mg. a day. Yes, the flushes may be unpleasant for some people, but they don't last long and you will eventually get used to them. Within 60 days of reaching 1500 a day, my cholesterol was down to 223 and my triglycerides were down to 78! And I eat what I want. I do have to have blood work done to check my liver, just as I would with statins. I also take two capsules of cinnamon a day to regulate blood sugar as Niacin can "tip" the scale for borderline diabetics. The vinegar also helps regulate the blood sugar as well. I usually have some dill pickles, or I drink a couple of ounces of vinegar or pickled juices. The Niacin costs about $5.00 a bottle a month! Compare that to the cost of statins! My doctor is behind me 100% and has been very pleased with my progress! - 10/19/2009 11:55:42 AM
    cholesterol does not clog your arteries. Yes it is part of the plaque, but it is not the cuase. what causes the clogging process is inflammation. When the cells that line the blood vessel become inflammed, they allow blood to leak into the muscle of the vessel. When the body senses this every bell and whistle goes off telling the body there is a breach in the wall. The body responds by first brining in fibring which is the mesh of a clot, then puts a cholesterol band-aid on it and then hardens it with calcium. the cholesterol did not cause that. Also recent studies done in Canada show that lowering cholesterol does not obtain the ultimate objective which is reduction fo heart attack. So address the cause and that is inflammation which can be caused by bad diet, and bad digestion. - 10/19/2009 11:40:37 AM
    Low HDL levels that cannot be raised through good diet and exercise may be the result of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. A study of folks over 65 with sleep apnea also found low HDL levels (see link below). From personal experience I know that even when I was fit, exercised regularly, and ate all the "right" foods my HDL level was 37. Within two years after being diagnosed with severe OSA (apnea) and CPAP treatment my HDL levels reacjed 50. Note that by that time I was also 20 pounds overweight and had stopped regular exercising.

    Although the study was performed on folks over 65 my apnea (inherited, not weight-related) began in my 50's but was not actually diagnosed until early 2007.

    Low HDL levels are now being seen as another indicator of apnea, in addition to snoring, sleepiness, morning headaches, and general fatigue. So if you have tried all of the ideas in the article on cholesterol and could not change your HDL, consider the possibility of apnea.
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  • Makes you T.H.I.N.K. - thanks! - 10/18/2009 2:46:39 PM
  • Great article, will keep the dos & don'ts handy. Thanks. - 10/9/2009 2:26:15 PM
  • 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
  • Me too, I love reading these different articles. I always learn so much. Thank you.
    Beatriz - 6/5/2009 9:50:48 AM
  • I love reading these different articles. I always learn so much. No only that the read I read about the things I think I know the more it really sets and allows me to make wiser decisions later. Thank you. - 3/2/2009 4:02:08 PM
  • Yes a calorie IS a calorie regardless of where it comes from, but obviously some calories have more value than others, meaning 25 calories from whole grains or vegetables is far more beneficial to your body than 25 calories worth of sugar.

    Earlier this spring, I was in France on vacation, and I decided to try a little Creme Brulee and a few other French Goodies. I skipped the croissant, but after having eaten the sugar laden desserts, I felt sluggish, and sick. I don't know how I never noticed that in the past, before I changed my eating habits. Just that feeling alone is enough to make me aware of what I put in my mouth.

    Does it mean I never eat anything with sugar? No, it doesn't. but if I'm wanting something sweet, usually a bite of a cookie is enough for me, and I've found that I love eating dates and other fruits as much as I ever liked cookies and cakes, plus no sluggish feeling afterwards. - 10/19/2008 7:47:38 AM
  • IMHO a calorie is a calorie according to a scientist, however the quality of the calories you consume is what you should worry about, as has been mentioned in previous posts.

    I'm living proof that the best way to reduce your cholesterol is to take care of your liver and exercise. My liver was struggling with the average American diet. I had high cholesterol, fibromyalgia and had already had my gall bladder removed in my 20s.

    I thought I was taking care of my health by counting calories and buying the "low calorie" foods. It wasn't until the doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medicine that I took diet seriously. He gave me six months to get my cholesterol down with diet because my liver and kidney enzymes were elevated too. I found some information that linked fibromyalgia to liver function and consumption of artificial ingredients, so I thought I would give clean eating a try. My cholesterol dropped 58 points in 6 months and my liver and kidney enzymes returned to normal once I started avoiding high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. I have lost 40 pounds over the year, and I am still losing.

    Clean eating is a good way to go for anyone who wants to reduce their serum cholesterol and improve their health. Get rid of the artificial stuff in your diet and replace it with real food. Your body will thank you! - 10/18/2008 4:57:23 PM
  • "I want to know if you agree with my DR. He says a CALORIE is a CALORIE, it doesnt matter where it comes from..."

    This statement is grossly inaccurate. Doctors aren't dietitians. Most have little to no schooling on the subject. I would find a professional credentialed in nutrition. Or a different doctor. Or both. You deserve quality care and adequate, accurate answers.
    - 10/18/2008 6:59:25 AM
  • I love flaxseed, and Udo's oil ( a blend of omega 3, 6 and 9 oils), plus exercise for cholesterol control. I stay away from fish, because with the mercury, PCB's, dioxins, etc., you never really know what you're eating. Atlantic species are severely over-fished, to boot. - 10/18/2008 6:56:12 AM

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