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5/20/18 10:27 P

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Great information! Thank you all for sharing...Oatmeal, fruit and chia for breakfast! emoticon

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4/30/18 3:28 A

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No-one can accurately answer your question.

I would strongly suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. It is possible that you have cut out foods that may not need to be. As an example, eggs get a bad rap, but that was because many MANY years ago they didn't know enough about the makeup of the egg. The cholesterol in it doesn't actually seem to contribute to the problem, unless you are eating a lot of eggs all the time.

Cutting out dairy also can have an overall negative impact on your health, especially lean protein and calcium, if you don't replace it with similar products in the non-dairy line .... i.e. soy milk, tofu, etc.

Below is a link to an article which articulates it better than I can:

A Registered Dietitian will be able to help you considerably more based on years of training/knowledge rather than amateur investigations.

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4/28/18 3:15 P

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From what I've been reading recently, I'd say the oats made the bigger difference, more than eliminating the other things, although it may be a combination. The newer studies say that the cholesterol we eat has little effect on our numbers. It's the cholesterol the liver makes and dumps into the body. Oatmeal, fruit with pectin (apple, peach, pear, all with peel on), and fiber laxatives remove more of that cholesterol. Flax/chia seed should actually be beneficial, too.

I'm not saying to eat liver and onions every day. Just try to be as consistent with the oatmeal, apple, and flax/chia seed or fish oil for those omega 3s. And remember that what you eat the week before the test is done will show up in the results, so that's the week to try out whatever diet you think will be best.

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4/28/18 1:39 P

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In Dec 2017, I cut out milk, breads/pita and eggs & milk. I also started to use more flax and added chia seeds. My weight has been steady at around 150. (Male, age 66)

Apr 20th, I had another lab test as my doctor wanted to put me on statins for my 'high' cholesterol, but I had told him let's repeat test in 3 months.

My cholesterol has been dropping very slowly but steadily since 2015 as per chart below. Notice the significant decrease of 77 points or 13% between Jan 2018 and Apr 20th,18.

Was the decrease due to milk, eggs, or flax/chia, or due to the increase in oats for breakfast?

Year Chol. Tri's LDL HDL

2018 5.19 0.59 3.17 1.75 (April 20)

2018 5.96 0.74 3.93 1.69 (Jan )

2017 6.19 0.69 3.98 1.90

2016 6.32 0.79 4.09 1.87

2015 6.66 0.86 4.34 1.93

Above converted to USA readings

Year Chol. Trigly LDL HDL

2018 201 52 123 68

2018 230 66 152 65

2017 239 61 154 73

2016 244 70 158 72

2015 258 76 168 75

My doctor will have a hard time trying to convince me to use statins now!

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