Do You Have High Cholosterol?

United States
February 24, 2007 6:19pm CST
I remember the day my cardiologist called me and said, "Your total cholosterol is too high, your bad cholosterol is too high and your good cholosterol is really good but we need to start you on medications right away." well that just scared me to death! I had never had high cholosterol before. I was a walker, I loved to walk. Up until a few years ago, i was walking seven miles a day in about an hour and a half. I loved it but my health got so bad that I had to quit. Well I was started on medication and as it turned out, I was allergic to the meds. So I just quit taking them. I opted instead to make sure my diet was up to par. Here is some of the info that my cardiologist told me to do. Avoid shortening, butter, lard and other cooking fats high in saturated fat and trans fat; use olive, canola or peanut oil, or chicken, beef or vegetable broth, instead. Bake, steam, broil, boil or oven-fry instead of deep-frying. Trim visible fat from meat. Remove skins from poultry and switch from dark meat to white meat, which is leaner. In place of high-fat spreads, use cholesterol-lowering margarine or margarine that is labeled “trans fat–free.” Avoid fried foods, baked goods , crackers and high fat dairy. Eat more fruit, veggies, and other high fiber foods like, whole grains, OK this was not hard at all. Now he also said that shellfish especially shrimp (I love shrimp) is good to eat because they are high in "good fat". they contain omega 3 fatty acids, which is beneficial for heart heath. Now this next thing, the cardiologist did not tell me but I found out at the medical site online. Dark chocolate, flavonoids in cocoa can help lower LDL cholesterol. And one new study shows that daily consumtion of dark chocolate infused with plant sterols can help lower cholesterol by 4.7 percent. Wow that is good news. Do you have high cholosteol? Any advice the Dr told you that you could share with me?
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Hi Village, some additional things that you can do: eat oatmeal, it helps to lower cholesterol. Try not to eat any ground beef, and if you do...make sure it is the 96 or 97% fat free variety. Instead of butter and margerine that is in tubs, use the spritz kind and stop at one or two spritzs, or better than that, use the sterol fortified margarines. Instead of whole eggs, when a recipe calls for an egg, use only the egg white, I promise you won't be able to tell a difference!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I love oatmeal so that helps me alot. I try to eat it at least 4 times a week. Sometimes I have it for a snack when I'm here in mylot land late at night...lol
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@grebsie (69)
25 Feb 07
I got off Lipitor bcs of the side effects,and I eat raw garlic instead.There's a way to eat garlic in order not to have any odor.Also grapefruit juice is good for that matter. My cholesterol is peachy.I eat right,always did and I regulary work out and when the doc says it's good, I don't care for numbers.BTW my cholesterol is of hereditary origin.Keeping it at bay so far.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Apr 07
The doctor put my hubby on lipitor also. It is very expensive.what are the side effects that you had?
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Glad I found your discussion. I too have high cholesterol. I take medication for it but I seem to have put it in the back of my mind lately when eating. I think I needed this as a little pep talk to remember to eat health more. Thanks again..great information.
25 Feb 07
i think i probably have high cholesterol but i havent been for a checkup or anything, I drink a large amount of tea and coffee so i am guessing it is high. my father had high cholesterol from drinking coffee and i drink it more often and in larger cups than he did ... prehaps i should cut back a little, anyone agree?
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25 Feb 07
Yes, you should.I was on he same waggon before - a few years ago that is (7),and now I'd have one decaf coffee a day if any and some decaf tea if I feel like it and I'm happy.I used to be a coffee camel,10 coffees a day +, kind of a bad habit I must say, but I got out of it and I can live without it.To make a drastic change in your pattern is very hard to accept.I had to do what I had to do. It's all in the head after all..
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25 Feb 07
My dad says that he was told for the caffine and cholesterol in coffee is five times that in tea, so i'll try to cut coffee and drink tea as the first step. Its just I like the taste of tea and coffee and the fact that they're warm, not the caffine (thats a bonus when im sleepy and need to work hard)
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Apr 07
thanks for that information. I did not know that coffee can do this to you. My hubby has high cholesterol and drinks a lot of coffee.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I don't have high cholesterol but I also didn't know there were different types of cholesterol that they measure. I know that when I go to donate my blood, they always do a cholesterol reading and mail me the results that show two different types and those are good. So, I think I must me doing something right. :) Sorry that you have to change your diet. I know that is hard but also beneficial at the same time. So, I think it is a good thing that you have taken control of your eating habits instead of them taking control of you. :) I can't imagine what my partner's cholesterol reading is!!! He has been eating way too much junk food for a long time and I can't get home to donate blood for the reading.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
there is acturally 3 tests that they do. They take awhile to get the results so they must be doing the overall cholesterol test on you.
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Feb 07
My cholesterol level was at 126 then it dropped to 122 without me doing nothing to my diet. The Doctor said it was slightly high at 126 but indicated a change of diet would be beneficial like you explained in your discussion.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
You are one of the lucky ones. Good for you.
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@AmbiePam (50425)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Villageanne, My local news station did a special just today on something that could help you. They are cookies that help lower cholesterol. They aren't something you sit and eat a handful of, you buy them and eat two a day. The woman who was asked to try this had a cholesterol level of 250. She only ate half of the recommended dose and changed nothing else in her life. After 2 months her cholesterol was down to 234, and that was just eating only one cookie a day! The site you can look these up on is www.newsok.com. If you go down the front page on the left you will see a yellow box that contains links to the two places you can buy this type of product. You are looking for Cocoa Via/RD Foods. Cocoa Via has chocolate bars. RD Foods sells cookies like Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin. They are not cheap, but they also won't be eaten how a lot of us eat cookies. They taste good, but they are specifically for patients with high cholesterol. My sister's is 300 and I am desperate for her ty try them. I think I'll spend the money because I was amazed at how they worked. Hope this helps!
• United States
25 Feb 07
I am off to check out the site now. Thanks so much for the info. funny that you heard the news just today. Thanks again
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I do have a hard time with the diet. I like everything that is not good for me. I just hope I can get my diet under control.
• United States
25 Feb 07
Good luck eating the right foods. It can be difficult somethimes.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Apr 07
thank you for sharing this information. I am of French Canadian decent so high cholesterol is part of the package. I was put on meds 9 years ago and was not told anything about danger to pregnancy. Even after the doctor that put me on the meds knew I was pregnant he did not say anything about the meds.... I called and asked for a refill which he granted and never said a thing about the meds. I started seeing an ob at about 12-16 weeks and she took me off the meds - I lost the baby by still birth at 25+ weeks. He was perfectly formed and so beautiful. It was never told to me, but I highly suspect that the cholesterol lowering meds were the cause. So, I guess my advice is if you can become pregnant be careful about which meds you are taking - or at least stop taking them if there is any chance of their being a danger to the pregnancy, should you find out you are pregnant.
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Eat oatmeal and use extra virgin olife oil. Eat fresh bluefish, salmon, mackerel and tuna 3-4 times a week. Oatmeal contains psyllium, which reduces bad cholesterol. EVOO contains monounsaturated fats, which are essential to cholesterol control. The dark-fleshed fishes contain omega-3 fatty acids, which rreduce bad cholesterol and increase the good. Try to eat crudiferous vegetables at least 4 times a week. too.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
25 Feb 07
No my cholosterol is good Im shocked and I also walk everyday I love it. Except when its raining or snowy then I dont.Thanks for tips its good to know.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
25 Feb 07
This is fortunately one problem that I have not had so far in my life but I still should be careful just like everyone else as high cholesterol can lead to heart attacks or heart disease. Thank you for the tips on how to reduce and lower cholesterol levels. This will help all of us to live longer and prevent certain diseases.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
25 Feb 07
Yeah mine is high also. The best way for me is to cut out a lot of breads. i eat mainly vegtables and meat. I have a heard time staying away from junk food though but I try to get fruits for my snacks I also take zocar everyday. it has lowered my cholestal and also drinkng alot of water helps also.
• United States
8 Apr 07
Nope - I don't. Thanks to this: http://www.michaelswengel.com/BiosLife
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• United States
23 Apr 07
Are you selling this???
• United States
1 Apr 07
This is even better. It's recommended by the Cleveland Clinic (the most prestigious heart institute on the planet) and is listed in the Physicians' Desk Reference - adding awesome credibility. Check it out here: http://www.michaelswengel.com/BiosLife/index.html Regards, Michael
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• United States
23 Apr 07
Thanks for the link. I am on my way now to check it out.
• United States
27 Feb 07
Annie, I have the cholesterol that is call familial and no matter how much you diet correctly or how much you exercise, the numbers do not come down. For most of my adult life my cholesterol has been in the upper 300 - lower 400 range. My doctor finally put me on Crestor. Within 2 months it was down to 295 and I was elated. Of course, she (my doctor had to spoil my elation by telling me it was still way too high and increased the dose). In one more month my cholesterol was down to 189! I am so happy because it has never ever been in the normal range. Another fact about dark chocolate.....if you are a student and are about to take a test, you should let a piece of dark chocolate (about the size of one Dove candy piece) melt slowly in your mouth. As Annie says, it has something to do with the chemical reaction from the chocolate that releases a chemical in your brain that will help to trigger memory and recall, as well as to reduce stress! ~Donna
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• United States
27 Feb 07
My cardiologist put me on crestor too but I was allergic to it. That is the story of my life. That is interesting about the dove candy.
@oarnamav (2708)
• India
25 Feb 07
No! I am facing any cholosterol problems as yet. I totally avoid the oil and oil seeds in my diet since a long. Because of this I think I have not devloped any cholosterol in my body. I think laser therapy works good on this cholosterol deposits very well.
@oarnamav (2708)
• India
25 Feb 07
I am sorry there is typing mistake please ignore it. I wanted to say... No!I am "NOT" facing any cholosterol problems as yet.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable. from my web page http://www.byfaithonly.com/Inspiration/Chocolate.html I love Chocolate :)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Apr 07
haha, who can argue with reasoning like that? I was thinking when I read the chocolate tip - I have got some lovely dark cocoa, but anything I use it in would be inadvisable in a high cholesterol diet.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
23 Apr 07
My doctor told me that my cholesterol was high, but not high enough to need medication. He really did not tell me much more other than to not eat so much fatty foods. He really did not go into any more detail than that. Thank you for sharing your information with me. I especially liked the information about dark chocolate being good for me :P
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I dont have high cholosterol so far, but my hubby does. The doctor put him on lipitor. It is so expensive. He does drink a lot of coffee and eats a lot of sweets.
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