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Thread: Do you have high cholesteral?

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    I just got tests results from my doctor. She said my cholesteral level is 273;and it should be under 200. She wants me to see the dietitian at the clinic , but that isn't covered under my insurance. Do any of you have recipes or foods that you use to help lower your level? I talked to my chiropractor about some natural supplements to lower the cholesteral and high blood pressure.
    Thank you for any help you can give me. Elaine

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    Oatmeal, Cherrios lower your levels. The whites of an egg are cholesteral free, I cook with that cooking spray, and use olive oil sparingly, to limit my fat intake. They say olive oil helps lower the bad number. If you smoke, then you should quit. Smoking raises your numbers to. I don't know how that is, but it seemed to be the case for me.

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    Check labels, a package of Top Ramen has insane amounts of fat...most processed food does...
    I use canned beef and chicken broth for gravy and sauces instead of drippings.
    Trim the fat off of your meats, eat more skinless chicken breasts and tuna (it lowers your cholestrol) limit it to twice a week though if it isn't farm raised.
    The loin cuts of pork are usually leaner.
    Switch from fresh eggs to brands like egg beaters that are cholestrol free, don't forget to use it for baking too.
    Condiments/Dressings/Mayonaise...check labels
    Check all labels for total fat content...they try to get tricky by listing them separately.

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    ok with cholesterol that level doesnt your insurance offer some kind of dietician help planning? surely they do??? If one looks at what is ok acceptable in the US and then what is ok in other countries it makes us look like the slacker teachers. My husband is not heavy at all. He is a lean mean strong machine.. yet he has a high cholesterol. My sisters family her hubby and her kids all STICKS, tall thin people have 230-280's on a good diet. So you do NOT need to be big to be in trouble. I just read today that high blood pressure is being seriously looked at inwith dimentia. I wonder if only people knew. So being big/skinny does not guarantee you safe from cholesteral. Its a FREE wake up call.. you have a choice. YOU can make a difference, hit the library, cant do that? hit the internet? I became disabled, seriously at 40 yrs old. A KID (ok I knew I would get sick at 70 not a day sooner).. so you have a gift. Knowledge, you need to cut it down and quick. You can do it. The upside is here, you can post this sucks I hate my new must be diet here and we willl all support you and push your back to keep on standing and walking forward if need be. Its a gift this info. Dont toss it away.

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    I eat oatmeal and Cherrios. :-)

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    I wish when I first learned about mine, I would have been serious about the low fat diet, eating high fiber - oatmeal, cherrios, whole grains, etc. - lots of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower. I am now on medications to lower the cholesterol. Medications can harm your liver. They haven't mine so far but it is always a concern and must be tested periodically. One thing that helps lower the LDL, the bad kind, is regular EXERCISE. Education is imperative then implement the advice.

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    I have bad family history and take Lipitor and have at least 10 yr.s, it works for me. I have controlled high blood pressure. Medicines are sometimes a must. Hubby has high blood pressure and is able to keep his cholestrol lower, he eats oatmeal most weeks 6 days, his family history is good. Your liver also makes cholestrol, you can only control it so much. Become a vegetarian and exercise, that seems to cure lots of things.

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    Thank you --all of yous!! for your response to this. I have always tried to solve my problems on my own. Usually unsuccessfully. I am 5'2" and weigh 244pounds. and when I saw some of you posting about your health issues and the encouragement you get from people on here , I thought I would post to try to get some helpful hints.
    I don't smoke , drink alcohol or drink soda. I always keep healthy foods around for my grandson--he loves fresh fruit and veggies. And usually during the summer I eat healthy; but during the winter I notice I fall back to eating junk snacks; I love pizza, pastas, creamy sauces. And then all of a sudden my clothes don't fit. I have stacks of really nice clothes in 3 sizes that don't fit anymore. I am tired of looking for something to wear that doesn't look and feel tight.
    I am hoping some of you will have time to write here or send me a PM reminder that will kick me in the butt and stay on the right track. It is so much easier to sit and sew than to waste my time exercising ----isn't it . Feel free to give me a push now and then, I want to outlive my fabric supply!!! Hugs , Elaine

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    I take fish oil 3 times a day. My bp is down now and fish oil helps to lower cholesterol from what I have read.

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    There are a ton of cookbooks out there right now for low cholesterol cooking. I know tha tI need to do better with this myself. I have a strong family history of heart issues and have known I have high cholesterol since I was 27yo. I'm heavier than I should be but I'm not what would be labeled obese. I'm only 32 and need to learn to control it now so I'm not dealing with double bypass at 50 like my father. Maybe I need to get off here and exercise! :0)

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    Hi purple passion!
    I had the same problem , even after losing a bunch of weight, exercising, etc, etc.
    My Cholesterol was 279 in 2006, they wanted to put me on statins, I said no way, give me 3 months.
    I bought a cook book called ' The American Heart Association Low fat Low Cholesterol cook book; with the information I found in there, along with recipes, I dropped my cholesterol to 235 in 3 months, another year later, when I had my blood work done again, I dropped it to 189. I still exercise, you have to.... but, it was just a few easy changes to my diet, things I don't miss went away, or are only eaten occaisionally, and everything else I liked anyway, I just didn't know it would save my life. P.S. many popular diets, such as Weight Watchers , are based off this diet. give it a try, you might be surprised how easy it is!
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    It is so much easier to sit and sew than to waste my time exercising ----isn't it .
    Easier and a lot more fun! However, I want to be able to play with my grandchildren and see them grow up. I don't do as much exercise as I should but I aim for 30 min a day on the treadmill. Ideally, that should be increased. So many quilts waiting to be made.

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    You can do it Purple Passion! The desire to change is the first step. It looks like you've already spotted a pattern -- the desire to snack on less healthy things in the winter. Choose one or two things to change, get those two things to be good habits and then add another.

    Some healthy options -- 94% fat free microwave popcorn. You can pop it and then add 2 teaspoons of a healthy oil (canola, safflower, sunflower, olive and I forget the other ones). Tastes like the bad stuff without all the bad stuff.

    Salsa and chips. Just make sure to get the ones that are baked and read the labels for fat content.

    Baby carrots and Skinny Cow cheese (tastes like cream cheese with only 35 calories per wedge. It's good and they have flavors)

    Lemon granita -- Not sure if I spelled it right. Take some lemons and juice them. Add sugar (could probably do it with Splenda but I haven't tried it yet. I like it sour so I don't use a lot of sugar) to make lemonade. Put in shallow dish in freezer. Every 20 minutes or so, scrape and stir with a fork to make a dish of ice crystals.

    Good luck! You can do it!

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    There is just a ton of info out there about lowering cholesterol and fat in general, both online and at your library.

    Exercise is also a great way to lower cholesterol. Walking, for example, but anything sustained. Besides lowering overall cholesterol, it changes the ratio of "good" cholesterol to "bad" cholesterol, which helps as well.

    It takes about 3 months of eating right and exercising to see an improvement via a blood test. If you have a genetic predisposition to high colesterol, it may be harder to reduce it, but yours isn't horrendously high. I mean, it is high, but it could be much worse.

    As for those creamy sauces, you could look into lowering their fat content, or just using less of them. Maybe make them with skim milk instead of whole milk, things like that.

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    Another thing I have been looking at-- the % of things on the back of packages: fats, sugars, sodium ect. I noticed when it says cholesteral 0% on them ; does that mean those are good? Is there any where to find out what percentages are ok? Thank you for your help. Elaine

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    Hi Purplepassion,
    whenI started to investigate what I could do to lower my numbers, I went on the web, thank god for the internet! went to WEbMD first, it's pretty generic, but you can get some solid information there, then I typed in something like 'cholesterol lowering foods'... anyway I found alot of good information to get me started. I started paying attention to the labels on foods, particularly 'trans fats, and saturated fats; man those are Everywhere! Again, one change lead to another... It doesn't happen over night, but it can happen . The oatmeal is a good place to start, although the amount touted by Quaker to reduce your Cholesterol is 1 &1/2 , or 1&3/4 cups, ( I forget)that is WAY over a serving size, so you have to take the maunfactures claims with a grain of salt; yes, eating oatmeal will lower your cholesterol, as will other whole grains eaten on a regular basis, I eat oatmeal 3 x a week, when I just can't stand it any longer I have barley, brown rice and Quinoa ( an African grain that is a 'whole protein). Sorry, I'm long winded.... the point is eat more real foods, and a reasonable serving size, limit the bad fats you put into your body, exercise regularly, and things will change pretty quickly for you.

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    I have high cholesterol, Or did a year ago. (I've not been back to have it rechecked) I eat Oatmeal nearly every day, Cherrios I can only handle for a while, I try to eat low fat, I was also taking Omega 3 Fish oil, Flaxseed Oil,Niacin. Another factor in high cholesterol is STRESS. I was going through lack of work, money issues, etc. Those are not there as much now, so I even feel better. I have also lost a few pounds.
    I just hope the things I'm doing is helping.

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    I take Zocor, meds work for me better then diet. It's hard to control with food alone. If your Dr. prescribes a statin pill for you be sure and take a CoQ10 supplement. My Dr. insists on it. And FYI, a general practitioner isn't one I'd go to for high cholesterol management especially if you are on other medications. An Endocrinologist is who my family Dr. sent me to for managing my meds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    Another thing I have been looking at-- the % of things on the back of packages: fats, sugars, sodium ect. I noticed when it says cholesteral 0% on them ; does that mean those are good? Is there any where to find out what percentages are ok? Thank you for your help. Elaine
    Very wise to read the labels!

    Yes, 0% cholesterol is good, but it's not the whole story. Your body makes cholesterol, and it will make it out of other fats, so you also want the total amount of fat to be low. Also, be warned: cholesterol is only found in meat and dairy food, so things like candy and chips will have no cholesterol but still be high in total fat.

    Here's a link to some good basic info on fats:
    http://www.diet-i.com/nutrition/how-...ed-in-diet.htm

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    I am newly on meds for this. I have tried for years to control it with diet and exercise, but my whole family has this problem, cousins too! Weight is also an issue as I age. Dern!
    I have eaten oatmeal for YEARS! And very little meat, but I still have high numbers.

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    You should be able to find alot of resources right online. Just google diets and foods for high cholesterol. The American Heart Association should have alot on their sight also.

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    You should be able to find alot of resources right online. Just goole diets and foods for high cholesterol. The American Heart Association should have alot on their sight also.

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    I take fish oil and it helps. Some people genetically produce a lot and they really have to be careful. It is almost like a diabetic diet. Nothing white and red meat once a week.

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    It always seem odd to me that insurance will cover meds for cholesterol, but won't pay for programs that will help get it under control. That makes no sense to me.

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