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1/30/16 7:56 P

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I would say your experience is typical. In my experience improving your diet alone can dramatically improve your lipids in a short period of time. When you add Statins cholesterol and LDL willl go down even more significantly. Unless your doctor has told you that 83 LDL is too low I wouldn't worry about it. My doctor is thrilled when mine is 83.

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1/30/16 4:31 P

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After years of "sky high" (according to my doc) cholesterol, I finally let my doctor talk me in to statins. I had some other health issues too, so I relented as my doctor said I was headed for a heart attack. In addition to statins (Lipitor), I added steel cut oats (with chia seed and flax) and beans to my diet 4-5 times a week, got rid of sugar (use yacon syrup), got rid of all low fat type items and replaced them with coconut oil and ghee (both organic). Unfortunately I haven't increased my exercise, but that's the plan. Also stopped drinking wine (no alcohol) and reduced caffeine. I rarely eat bread or processed carbs.

In 6 weeks I went from:
Overall cholesterol - 315 down to 164
HDL - 42 to 46 (exercise should help get this up)
LDL 239 down to 83 (now I'm worried as this is below normal)
Triglycerides 144 down to 121

While at first I thought this looked great and even my doctor was amazed. However, I was pretty shocked at my LDL falling from 239 to 83 in six short weeks. 83 is below normal and I've heard that low levels of LDL can lead to memory problems and even breast cancer.

Has anyone else heard of cholesterol falling this quickly and this low? Any words of wisdom? emoticon

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