Cholesterol Blues: Advice Needed

Friday, April 09, 2010

Okay folks,
So I’ve been doing good so far. I’ve been losing like a pound or two per week. So far, I’ve lost 21 pounds since January 11 (24 since Christmas).

But then, I had my cholesterol checked today. The good news was that my total cholesterol had dropped from 218 to 190. After almost 3 months of exercising, my 175 LDL is now 147. However, despite my newly acquired healthy eating and exercise habits my HDL is a pitiful 32. Although my new HDL is an improvement from what it used to be, 32 is too low for comfort. When I went on real age.com, Dr Oz’s advice was to keep up with regular exercise, eat healthy and maybe try meds.

Considering the drop in the total (chol) and the LDL, I did not want to do Meds just yet. I thought that maybe I could keep up with my new healthy habit and have my numbers checked again after 3 months. Any thoughts? Advice?

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    SrSamson and Pax,
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I felt so terrible about the low HDL yesterday that I just had to pour my heart out. I have been so excited about my getting healthy journey, but the HDL number threw me a curveball. Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that maybe I couldn't do much about the situation, but to take cholesterol meds. In his mind he was giving me good advice, but all I was hearing was 'your exercise whole grains, fruits, veggies and nuts can't do much'... Well, maybe he is right, but then what about the improvement in the other numbers? Maybe I'm overreacting. I don't know.
    3851 days ago
    Keep doing what you are doing. Eventually, with your healthy habit, the #'s will begin to improve.

    3852 days ago
    Might be that as you loose weight you'll see more results. I've never really had a problem w/ cholestrol, but I do w/ blood pressure. The healthier I get, the lower my dosages of my meds get. It's a journey, and obviously see resluts. Talk over your concerns w/ your doctor and see what he reccomends. I've recently found that medicine is a two way street.
    3852 days ago
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