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  • OT: My cholesterol shocker (and why you should get yours checked)

    I recently got the results of my routine blood work done and am amazed to hear that my LDL ("bad" cholesterol) is at 179! Most of the sources I checked put this number in their level 4 tier -- 1 being good and 5 being very high.

    I say I am shocked because I'm in pretty good shape. Although I am presently about 10 lbs. heavier than I'D like to be I am definitely within the normal range according to any medical charts and that includes my BMI

    Also, I exercise and walk regularly. I work out at the gym 3 X per week and that includes lifting weights plus 45 minutes of moderately to fairly intensive cardio training, each time. I also walk 4-5 days per week, 2.5 to 3 miles per times which includes all winter (which is sometimes harder.) AND I do yoga regularly and it's fairly intense yoga.

    I am also a vegetarian and eat lots of vegetables and fruits. And I never drink.

    My only vices are a penchant for sugar (mostly low fat candy, though) and the very occasional cigarette. I don't smoke the vast majority of the time but every two months or so I'll buy a pack of low-tar cigs and it'll take me a week to smoke them. And then I'm done. Oh yes, I do enjoy a small ice cream (like a Klondike) or something chocolate after dinner.

    I guess I thought all the good things I do more than cancel out the bad, but I may be facing making even more changes. I turn 50 this year (yikes!) and maybe I just can't get away with anything anymore. : (

    I get rechecked in a couple of months and we'll see if my changes worked. Also, I am thinking (hoping) that my high reading is somehow due to my being on vacation and being fairly careless in the eating department as well as not getting my workouts done.

    Anyway. Just thought I'd pass it on and remind everyone to get their checked regularly. You might be surprised and not in a good way, but at least you can make changes.
    The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

  • #2

    Me too. I went for my regular gyno appt and he did a blood panel. I have always had low cholesterol and this year it is at 150. I am 48 -- 5'7 and 158 (about 10 lbs overweight). I walk everyday but don't get to the gym anymore. I swam last summer and just didn't over the winter due to my schedule. I am so mad at myself. I have a son and husband that love red meat so that's what I am blaming it on. I am cutting that to see if that does it. I also am eating oatbran or oatmeal everyday. I don't drink, don't smoke or have any big vices. I have been on a diet since December (only lost 4 lbs) not having sugar or bad carbs.

    Really stumped at what the heck to do.


    • #3
      I recommend reading...

      The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. I used to not eat red meat or poultry, but would eat fish, eggs and dairy. I had a borderline high cholesterol reading. It turns out the only foods with cholesterol are animal products. That was my inspiration to become a vegan. The next time I had blood work done, everything was normal. So, it really helped. Good luck!


      • #4
        Sometimes it's genetic, I have never had it checked, but will now. try some natural remedies. Alot of folk have been greatly helped by them. Much luck,all of you. The board needs good folk like you.
        ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~


        • #5
          What matters is your good cholesterol..HDL. What was that number? It should be 50 or over. Be aware that the total cholesterol numbers have been lowered...some say to push statins. Cut grains and sugars.


          • #6
            Gosh, I'm almost afraid to say this, but my cholesterol is 234. Well, it was last time I checked which was about a year ago.
            What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.


            • #7
              Eat your whole grains and loose the 10lbs. My dad has had high cholesterol for years, he lost 15lbs and his numbers improved notably, his cholesterol is still a high but not nearly as bad as it was. Make sure you are getting you vitamin B as well, vitamin B3 has been shown to help reduce bad cholesterol and is sometimes hard to get in a vegetarian diet if you aren't making sure you eat enough of it. Obviously your doc knows way better than I do though. Good luck on getting those numbers down!


              • #8
                Yes be careful

                Originally posted by A1Mobile View Post
                What matters is your good cholesterol..HDL. What was that number? It should be 50 or over. Be aware that the total cholesterol numbers have been lowered...some say to push statins. Cut grains and sugars.
                I've read something like 70 percent of Doctors have invested in pharmaceuticals. These numbers have been proven by some studies to not reflect directly with strokes and heart attacks. If indeed the numbers are correct. Those drugs can for sure make you sick. They made me very ill till I stopped them.
                Money will buy you a pretty good dog but it won't buy the wag of it's tail.


                • #9
                  You can't just go by one number. You need to know your LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. All three will give you a better picture of what's going on.

                  Often it's not what you eat, it's what your body does with what you eat. And much of that is governed by genetics. Diseases like diabetes can really raise your triglycerides, too.

                  My father, for example, lived on a farm all of his life. And he ate farm food; eggs, milk, pork, chicken, beef, at every meal from the time he was old enough to eat solid foods until the day he died. He ate butter, not margaringe. He drank whole milk, straight from the cow.

                  Then, at one check-up, he failed a stress test, so his MD sent him to a specialist and they did an angiogram. Afterwards the cardiologist asked him if he'd been a vegetarian his whole life because at the age of 67 he had NO atheroschlerosis. None. Zip. Nada. When Dad laughed and told him what his diet had consisted of for all those years, the doc couldn't believe it.

                  Diet and exercise are important, but they aren't the whole picture. Genetics plays a huge part of it.


                  • #10
                    Wow, it must be mostly genetics then cause my bad was 140 my good was a point or 2 low and my tri was normal. My only exercise is standing up at work and walking around the yard/working in the garden, I eat red meat, eggs, butter, and pork. Hardly any chicken or veggies. I do eat a lot of fruit and oatmeal and unprocessed foods. I refuse to eat any fat-free fake sugar what have you. And as of right now I'm probably ummm *cough* 70-80 *cough* pounds heavier than I'd like to be. I did lose 14 lbs over winter though! Things are looking up.

                    Hope you can get it back where it should be with little problem and be healthy


                    • #11
                      cholesterol is a myth.

                      cholesterol is only bad if it sticks to your arteries... DON'T waste your time and money getting your cholesterol checked, get your arteries checked for scaring and build up. Many things scar your arteries like hydrogenated oils and homoganized dairy products. and there are natural methods of cleaning out and healing your arteries. If your aterties are good, it doesn't matter how high your cholesterol is. If your arterties aren't looking so good, you could have low choloesterol and still get heart problems.

                      The Food and Drug companies want you to think high cholesterol is bad so that you spend money on drugs, and food that lower your cholesterol (most of which still damages your arteries, so it doesn't help you anyway)


                      • #12
                        Poodlestar, you're half right. It's true that high "bad" cholesterol numbers don't necessarily indicate atheroschlerosis. But the numbers can indicate you should at the very least take a closer look at what's going on in your body. And while it's true that there are other things that can cause scarring or different types of plaques in your arteries, triglycerides and "bad" chlesterol can be contributing factors. In addition, high triglycerides can indicate that you're borderline diabetic, and need to make some changes in your diet.

                        I know how tempting it is to target drug companies, but if it weren't for the drugs I take every day, I'd be dead by now. With the drugs, I can expect to keep on going for a good, long time. Unless I get hit by a bus.


                        • #13
                          Start reading labels & cut out all high fructose corn syrup. You will be amazed.
                          "We are all ignorant--we merely have different areas of specialization."~Anonymous
                          People, PLEASE..It's ONLY a website!~Me