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GOSPARK45 SparkPoints: (158,164)
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4/3/13 6:07 P

One of my doctors said my cholesterol was high, I should go to my main doctor. At that time I had started SP. I have lost 32 pounds and exercise everyday now, for at least half an hour. Went ot my main doctor and he said my cholesterol was a little high, but not too bad. (In other words, it had dropped a lot). I still have a ways to go with weight loss, so we're hoping that will do the trick.
I do stay away from fast food and fried foods. I also had to cut out eggs.
Otherwise I just eat regular food, just not so much as before.
Good luck!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/28/13 10:25 P

You can do it with diet and exercise. When I was in the worst shape/eating habits of my life, my total cholesterol was 265! I went pretty radical and became a vegetarian. I worked with my doctor and retested every three months until I got it under control. I had the hardest time with triglycerides because of consuming too many carbs. It took time, but since I was steadily moving in the right direction.

Now, 11 years later I've moved from vegetarian to pescatarian -- eat fish, still no meat -- during the past year. In the past six months, I've moved mostly away from dairy -- some yogurt and a few cheese splurges -- but not cut it entirely. My last total cholesterol test was 153!

It's a wake-up call for sure, but you can do it without the meds. All of the side effects sure scared me off. And don't overlook the exercise. It really helps in re-balancing your hormones -- raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) and keeping the triglycerides lower.

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3/28/13 10:02 P

Thank you everyone for the tips. I have made some big changes in my diet and the weight is coming off. Slowly but it is , so that has to be a good thing and i just love tuna and nuts etc. Just never ate them in a long time as my body was hooked on sugar foods and just plain junk!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
3/19/13 8:57 A

cholesterol is one of the nutrients that spark tracks, add it to your nutrient list and is will give you the proper range

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,301
3/19/13 8:24 A

It has been said that more cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat.

Eating Oatmeal daily is probably the best way to lower cholesterol because it cotains soluable fiber and so do kidney beans, apples, pears, and even barley. Some monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in things like avocados, nuts and seeds...sunflower seeds, pistachios, almonds, sesame seeds and pecans are the top five for lowering cholesterol.

Pistachios lower cholesterol and blood pressure. also try poppy seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, celery seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds or pepitas and sesame seeds. I use seasame seed oil to keep my cholesterol down.

I stay away from saturated fats and trans fats,No hydrogenated oils...use olive oil, chose cuts of meat with the word "loin" in them as they are leaner,(pork loin, sirloin, etc) use Benecal instead of butter as it has plant sterols. Also avoid fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, concentrated sweets like candy, cake, pies, etc. I've omited ice cream too as its high in sugar and rarely eat red meat.

Sardines, salmon, tuna are good choices....also I eat 4 walnuts per day to keep my heart healthy and get the omega 3's.
Mushrooms are cholesterol free. Cannelli beans, green beans, broccoli, are supposed to help lopwer cholesterol as well as garlic, basil, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano.

Check with your doctor again if your unsure about what to do

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/19/2013 (08:42)
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3/19/13 7:55 A

Thank you i will!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
3/18/13 9:29 A

Be sure to check out our High Cholesterol Condition Center for helpful articles that can help you reduce your lipid profile so medication is not necessary.

Coach Tanya

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3/16/13 9:29 A

Thank you. emoticon

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,758)
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3/16/13 1:47 A

It is quite likely that your Dr will have it noted to re-test you after you have made some lifestyle changes. If not, just ask in about 6 months.

My cholesterol had been high for four years, but was gradually worsening. I had an active lifestyle at that time, and also a very healthy diet (as I do now!) It was because it was getting worse and because I was a high risk re other issues that I was put on medication

Don't let is scare you, but rather use it as the motivation to change that lifestyle. You CAN do this.


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3/16/13 1:19 A

I didn't get meds. My LDL 182mg/dL. I have been confused as to why the doctor says this is high level but didn't give me meds. I am guessing this level isn't too high.

I am taking this very seriously. Its scaring the heck outta me.

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3/15/13 10:56 P

I had to get almost to my goal weight for that to happen - just over 12 months! Still, I got there in the end, and hope that the bloods I had done a week or two ago are also really good! THEN I might be allowed to go off the meds for it, or at least reduce them:-)

Kris xx

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3/15/13 10:53 P

Thank you for the article and taking the time to respond. I read earlier today about tuna sandwiches. I love tuna. And unfortunately i love breaded halibut too. Just trying to figure out what to eat that works to lower cholesterol. I am hoping i get lucky like you and my numbers will be normal after losing some weight.

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3/15/13 10:26 P

It isn't a case of cutting OUT your fat, but rather reduce the saturated and trans fats and increasing your good fats from sources such as Avocado, nuts, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, oily Fish, Hummus, etc. if you don't get much. It is also important to reduce processed foods (generally high bad fat, sodium and processed carbs as in sugars).

Below is a link that you should find helpful:

Your body does need some cholesterol - just make sure that you remove visible fat from meats that you can do that to, or buy leaner cuts. Removing skin from any chicken is important, too.

I used to have really high cholesterol but I always ate a very healthy diet including low animal fats, and also while on medication for it. I also was also borderline pre-Diabetic. Apart from being prescribed Omega-3 Fish Oil, I didn't have to change WHAT I ate - just reduce calories a little. That was enough for me to lose weight. When I got close to goal, my cholesterol and HbA1c came back perfectly normal. The difference for me was the weight-loss.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/15/2013 (22:27)
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3/15/13 10:16 P

If i need to lower my cholesterol. The doctor said to cut out fat and to exercise 1 hour a day everyday. But wouldn't i also want to cut out my cholesterol intake too?

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