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6/13/17 8:17 P

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Wow thanks for the info and encouragement. I truly appreciate your response.

It's all about doing something rather than nothing.


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6/13/17 9:31 A

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I got my triglycerides down from 420 to 120 in 28 days (no kidding!) by walking 30-minutes before breakfast and 30-minutes after dinner. I also monitored NET CARB intake to 100 per day. I refused to take meds and my doc told me my problem was hereditary too. He said lifestyle changes would not be enough. So much for that. I have been averaging 2,300 calories per pay and really only managing the CARBS (down) FIBER (up). My overall count has gone from 304 to 213 in the process. New set of labs (56 day) this week.

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6/4/17 10:54 A

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Hang in there. It sounds like you're staying on top of this. Read, read, read. There are other things you can do along with statins. If you feel your body is producing too much cholesterol, look for dietary ways to remove it. High fiber, pectin, plant sterols, omega 3s, etc.

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6/4/17 10:36 A

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I joined this team a few weeks ago when I had a life insurance exam and my total cholesterol came back at 250 and it had been 238 in November when I went to a local clinic to do my annual "BP med prescription renewal" visit . The total cholesterol had already jumped from Aug 2015 when it was 223. So it has been going up consistently. I have been a member of SP for several years. I know it works. I went from 167 in 2012 to 125 over a period of 1 1/2 yrs. I had lost too much weight (I'm 5'8") people were asking my DH behind my back was I sick. I am back to 150 so I really am not too much over my goal weight of 145. I really need some support. I went to an Internist /Nephrologist this past Wednesday. He wasn't particularly alarmed since my good cholesterol is over 70. He did suggest I have a heart scan that will show any calcifications and come back after he has those results. I have been on BP med for over 15 years. My highest BP is generally in the 140s/80s. I know exercise is one of the biggest factors for me. By the way I am staring down at age 64. My father died if a massive HA at 58, my extremely obese heavy smoker sister died of a sudden HA at 67 and my oldest brother who is also deceased had his massive HA at age 64. I have lost a 1st cousin (female) in her late 50s to heart disease and her mother (my daddy's sister) died in her 50s of heart disease. So I definitely have a family history to be concerned about.

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11/16/16 10:46 P

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Thanks SLIMMERKIWI I just now read the article and the information was indeed helpful. I also will ask my Dr. about using a registered dietitian--hadn't even thought of doing that.
And yes, I still need to lose that last 20 pounds that's for sure. Plus keeping off all alcohol will surely help my numbers as well.
Thanks again for a great response!

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11/16/16 3:46 A

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My levels including Triglycerides were high - but the HDL (good cholesterol) was very low. All I needed was my weight to come down.

SOMEtimes the 'inherited' high cholesterol isn't so much physically inherited as in through genetics, but rather 'inherited' by being brought up on the foods that our parents ate which may have caused THEIR high cholesterol.

My Registered Dietitian put me onto Fish Oil, and she found that I actually needed a lot more than is generally suggested. For years I had already been eating a very healthy, balanced diet with very little processed carbs and was also on statins. She was able to tweak my calorie intake (which was already a healthy amount) by looking at my "Today's Full Report" in the Nutrition Tracker. This set me off for losing weight. It took 16 months to lose the first 50lb. It was THEN that my cholesterol levels all came down to normal.

Below is a link that you may find helpful:
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio
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Red Wine is supposed to help improve low HDL, but I would imagine it wouldn't be much good for the Triglycerides because it is often said that even small amounts of alcohol can raise those.

I feel that you would benefit from asking your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who will be able to look at your lab results, comparing different ones over time, and have knowledge of any other medical condition which could influence your 'nutritional prescription' Then you will know that you are getting qualified input based on YOU and YOUR health, and not some Joe Blog who isn't privy to that information.

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11/15/16 12:38 P

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Thanks for these ideas. I am definitely going to read Cholesterol Down, had not seen that yet. I am now taking fish oil instead of the flax seed oil I was taking. Had to go on the fish oil for low Vitamin D levels.
Never thought to look at a pharmaceutical grade, though, so I will be looking into that.
I am finally getting the proper amount of exercise, so that is helping out in ALL areas of my health.
Tracking my food and running the nutrition report here on SP has brought to light how little nutrients I was getting, so I am sure to take a multivitamin every day also with my other supplements, and improving my diet.
Thank you for taking time to respond! emoticon


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11/15/16 12:07 P

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I second BEBAR's suggestion but would add to be sure and get a pharmaceutical grade (one that has purity and potency tested and guaranteed).

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11/15/16 11:34 A

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Welcome. Are you doing fish oil every day? Usually that brings triglycerides down quite a bit. If not, there is new medication for it, but I'd try fish oil and other omega 3s first, also the phytosterols: www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/
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You can get them in margarine and in otc pill form. Exercise helps, too. There is no one big thing here but many little things that can add up: diet, exercise, supplements.

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11/15/16 11:29 A

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wine would not be a good answer. I would think along the lines of more fiber, for instance an apple a day and some walnuts.. If you have not read Cholesterol Down...you might look for a copy.. It is worth the read. 10 steps...easy.
www.drjanet.com/cholesterol_down_boo
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11/15/16 10:56 A

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Hi, I just joined a couple of weeks ago, so this topic has probably been addressed, but what can you do when you have a family history of high triglycerides? Am wanting to go on the Mediterranean Diet because of the success it has shown with heart disease and now beginning to be in treatments of Alzheimer's, too.
I have been on cholesterol medicine for years, but my numbers are all over the place. The Mediterranean Diet says to drink a glass of wine a day, but my liver cannot handle that, plus my triglycerides would go through the roof again.
Any suggestions for what I can do to replace the wine and still get the benefits?
Thanks, this SparkPeople community is such a blessing. So glad to be here!!!
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