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2/2/16 11:12 A

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Thanks!

My "good" number is OK and my "bad" number is high -- I don't remember the numbers. My triglycerides are very very high.

So it sounds like reducing/eliminating sugar is going to be a big part of this. I'm thinking I need to seriously curtail my carbs (bread) as well. In addition to, you know, the whole eat-better lifestyle thing.

Thanks again!

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1/30/16 3:52 P

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As BEBARB mentioned cholesterol in foods are not the big "no, no" like they were in the past. Also, you didn't mention what your other lipids were. The big concern right now among the medical community seems to be controlling LDL. Personally, I have found eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and fiber really does impact my lipids. I also try to limit my sugar. I can eat a little but if I eat much I get in trouble. It seems the more sugar I eat the more I want. This can send easily me off on a sugar binge and pack on a few pounds. emoticon


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1/30/16 9:36 A

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Welcome. I'm not a vegetarian but the new guidelines say the cholesterol we eat doesn't affect the cholesterol in our blood stream as much as it was though. High cholesterol tends to be in the genes, so the medicine is helpful. That's where I'm at, three brothers and a mother all with cholesterol based heart problems. Oatmeal, apples (or any fruit with pectin) helps clear out some of the cholesterol our bodies make. Avoid sugar in all forms and do take omega 3 oil. Fish oil is best but there are some vegan alternatives at Whole Foods and the like. Read up on it, not just on line but at the library.

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1/29/16 12:58 P

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Hello!

I've just started cholesterol medicine (crestor) after getting cholesterol results last week. I'm at a total of 209, and my doctor wanted me to try a low-cholesterol diet for six months and then recheck it.

Well, I'm already there. I've been vegetarian for 15 years! Both parents (omnivores) have been on cholesterol-lowering medications for decades. The doctor then issued the Rx and we'll recheck in three months.

So... any other vegetarians here? Did you get a diet/exercise plan first that was effective? I'm resigned to the medication (thanks, genetics!) but I'd like to have a little more control myself.

I also need to lose weight. I have a sweet tooth, an affinity for Dr Pepper, and just generally eat more than I should.

Thanks!
Mary

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