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asscherisme

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OK, so I just went for a physical and had routine blood work done. I fond out that my cholesterol is slightly high and HDL (good) is too low and LDL (bad) is too high.

My doctor told me I have 6 months to make lifestyle changes to try and lower it and we will retest then and if they numbers are too high, will start medication.

So... other than lose weight and workout more, what suggestions can you all give to get my cholesterol where it should be?

This was kind of shockingbecause its always been low. But this past year I have been under a TREMENDOUS amount of stress and have eaten very unhealthy and kind of let msyelf go. I need to pull it together.

Help!
 

mary poppins

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Sounds like you need to (1) adopt dietary changes that you can learn about on the internet; and (2) exercise. After that, I hope you see some changes so you don''t have to take medication. Good luck!
 

Amanda.Rx

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1. Exercise, even if just a little a day: this will help to raise your HDL

2. Pay attention to fiber intake and work to increase it. Do this slowly, or else you may have some stomach discomfort and gas. Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Just make sure you're not loading them down with butter or other high fat toppings. Kashi cereals, oatmeal or 100% whole wheat bread, fruit, and egg whites are good options for breakfast and a great place to start.

3. Limit your high cholesterol foods like certain meats and eggs. You can google cholesterol content in foods- that may help serve as a guide.

If you do have to start on a medication, don't panic. You may need it to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, if you cholesterol remains high. Sometimes cholesterol cannot be controlled by diet alone. If your cholesterol is genetic (comes from your family history), you may need medication to control it. It's great that you're taking the steps to try to modify your lifestyle, though. That's always the healthier choice and the preferred choice, since most all medications can have unwanted side effects.
 

Bliss

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(((hugs))) One year when I had the most stressful job of my life, my cholesterol topped 200. I was 28 at the time and underweight, so this was a huge shock to me and my doctor. Well, I left that job because it took such a toll on my health. Since then, my cholesterol has always been around 135-140 with plenty of the "good" cholesterol. I think besides lifestyle, reducing stress is huge in helping to lower cholesterol. I turned to yoga, meditation and cut out things that stressed me out the most - in my case, it was my job! I hope that helps. In some cases, it might be genetic - do your parents have high cholesterol? It does not have to be a huge red flag - many people have high cholesterol and live long and healthy lives. The key is to just do the best you can with diet, exercise and lifestyle. For me, lifestyle was key because I was a healthy eater and active person. A small handful of nuts (dry roasted or raw, NOT fried in oil) will help boost your good cholesterol! Hope that helps! Focus on doing things that "boost" your good feelings and happiness, too. :wavey: It all helps!
 

Miss Sparkly

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There have actually been studies done that show that eggs barely raise your cholesterol and they raise both LDL and HDL equally. Limit red meats and high fat dairy. High quality fish oil, good fiber (not the added fiber to white bread type) and flaxseeds with oatmeal are wonderful. I consider flaxseeds to be a "superfood" as they have healthy omega's, lots of fiber and can help with hormonal fluxuations.
 

Stephan

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Fruit, vegetable, canola oil, fish, nuts, oat bran, psyllium and exercise! ;-)
 

soocool

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Ditto what everyone else has said but I want to add:

handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds), seeds (sunflower,pumpkin seeds- I add these to salads), and flaxseed meal (I add it to yogurt or cereal).

Almost forgot, that avocadoes are great in helping lower cholestrol
 

steph72276

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Did your doc mention anything about fish oil supplements? My husband's good cholesterol was low, so he was told to take a fish oil supplement everyday. I would ask your MD first though.
 

Stephan

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I eat fish - canola oil - nuts everyday yet my good cholesterol is still too low.
But I did manage to lower my bad cholesterol, it's fine now.
 

ysj99

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My dad lowered his cholesterol by eating oatmeal every morning for breakfast.

Flax seed is also a great way to get in extra fiber and omega fatty acids. And I echo those who said cut out/reduce intake of red meat and shellfish.

Best of luck!
 

Snowy

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I don't have any scientific evidence but I make my family eat what I eat since I have the best HDL levels my doctors have ever seen for the past 5 years. I'm probably repeating what others may be saying though.

Less: red meat, egg yolk, butter, fatty fried foods, baked goods

More: AVOCADOS, raw vegetables, omega 3 fish oil, raw nuts, fruits

It's really hard to go cold turkey so I make my husband substitute less of the "bad" items and replace them with the "good" items in his diet. Doing that at every single meal makes a difference and doesn't make you have crazy cravings.
 

ladidalola

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My bad cholesterol (LDL and Triglycerides) and good cholesterol (LDL) are high. Don't know the exact numbers but they have been like that for several years. I have a pretty balanced diet and the only time my bad cholesterol normalized was when I was walking for a least 30 mins everyday. I didn't have a car back then and it was easy for me to take the bus and walk to work.

Now that I switched jobs and have a car, my bad cholesterol is up again :( what a difference walking makes! Just 30 minute walks everyday really works wonders... I want to switch jobs again just to get the walking back into my routine.
 

Luxxy

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The only advice I can give you is the same age old advice, but it has certainly done wonders for my dad: Choose healthier fats and avoid trans fats at all costs.
 

MarlonN

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Make sure that your diet is made up of mostly whole grains, fruits and vegs. That and drinking alcohol in moderation will help you a lot in keeping your cholesterol under control.
 

LJsapphire

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I have oats with chia seeds rather than flax seeds. I've read that they are good for cholesterol. On last testing mine was ok but my mum has high cholesterol.
She's on statins but I've been reading about them and I've read that they can cause more problems than they treat so I'd like her to try coming off them and make more dietary changes.
 

OoohShiny

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I always have a large bowl of 'jumbo' porridge for breakfast (like at least a good cup to cup-and-a-half of oats, and the chunky stuff rather than that milled-to-dust stuff that kids like :lol:) - oats help lower cholesterol, plus they are a low-GI carbohydrate so keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the desire to snack mid-morning :)
 

Bron357

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I have “inherited” high cholesterol so diet and exercise makes next to no difference.
I take medication, statins, and to be honest I haven’t had a single side effect other than my cholesterol dropping back into normal range, reducing my risk of both heart attack and stroke.
So definitely try and manage it with diet and exercise but don’t freak out or despair if you need to take statins, they are safe for just about everyone. There is a small % who can have an adverse effect but the doctors watch out for that.
 
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