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Old 03-21-2013, 10:37 AM
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I just my annual blood work back and it said high cholesterol. Any tips for lowering it? I run 8-10 miles a week and go to the gym so I'm pretty fit. I rarely drink and don't smoke. I rarely eat red meat, no pork. I do like a Starbucks drink a few times a week.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:45 AM
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I just have to say I don't know how you can have high cholesterol with your healthy lifestyle. All the guidelines I've been told about my doctor, you already have covered. One thing I can think of that you don't have listed is healthy oils, like olive oil instead of butter or margarine. You can also eat foods that are high in the good fats, like avocados, salmon, sardines, tuna, mackeral, trout, and shrimp. Other than that, I can't imagine anything else you could do.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:20 AM
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If it wasn't a fasting blood screening, I would make an appointment for one. Is there any family history of cholesterol/heart issues?

Except for the "good fats" possibility a PP mentioned, consider:
-Do you drink water?
-Do you eat plenty of veggies?
-Do you get enough quality, recuperative sleep? More and more doctors/research studies are acknowledging how vital good sleep is to good health.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:42 AM
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Dh swears that oatmeal has kept his in check. We eat oatmeal almost every day for breakfast. Usually with fruit or honey. He is generally healthy and in good shape but his family has a history of bad cholesterol.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:30 PM
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With your lifestyle, you may find there's nothing you can really do as it is probably genetic

Find a good Omega3 (fish oil) supplement ~ Arbonne has one that does not have me burping up fish oil all day

The oatmeal is supposed to work, I could never really get used to eating it enough!

I changed my cholesterol through diet and exercise. It's starting to creep back up; but, after vacation, I'm back on my morning smoothies and healthy eating again! Mine is all about what I put in my body. Good luck to you!


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Old 03-21-2013, 12:59 PM
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Try adding cinnamon to anything and everything.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:05 PM
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Fish oil, flax seed, and chia seeds are great supplements.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:29 PM
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fish oil and my ob/gyn recommended cholest off. It's in with the vitamins, I think it's made out of plants.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:41 PM
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Give the Engine 2 diet a chance for a couple of months. It is a plant-strong diet, and EVERYONE that I know and have advised to do it has lowered their cholesterol dramatically. Not only lowered their cholesterol level, but also their blood pressure and resting heart rate. As a bonus they lost weight in the right places (bellyfat).

The premise of E2 is that there is no such thing as a good oil, no matter how hard the industry tries to portray theirs as "heart healthy." Some could not maintain the diet, and sure enough, after they stopped, their cholesterol and blood pressure went back up and they had to start taking medication.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:28 PM
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I also read that cinnamon helps/ add it to coffee or to your oatmeal.


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Old 03-21-2013, 06:53 PM
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Are you overweight at all? If not, it may be a hereditary thing and you might need medication. I mention that because that is my problem. I had high cholesterol and was on meds. I lost 20 pounds and was continuing to work out 6 to 7 days a week. My doctor took me off meds. When I went back 6 months later I had lost 11 more pounds and was still working out, but my cholesterol rose by 49 points off of meds. Needless to say, I am back on them and doing great. If you do need medicine, have your doctor start with the lowest dose. My Lipitor is 5 mg. per day and it does the trick! If you are overweight, losing weight should help and it does not matter what you do to lose it - increasing exercise, portion control, Weight Watchers, whatever you choose.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:15 AM
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For all the great ideas! I'm definitely going to amp up the oatmeal, I could do a better job with breakfast for sure! I drink at least a cup of green tea a day, but I could also do better with water.

A few answers...
-It was a fasting blood test
-I have just two or three pounds I wouldn't mind losing, but that's it
-My mom takes cholesterol meds but I assumed it was because she is heavy
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:53 AM
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I put a pouch of plain oatmeal and a small green apple(w/skin) with some water in a small blender and have it for breakfast. My daughter is only 8 and has it high too, she inherited it from me so we try everything to lower hers, the endocrinologist gave us 6 months to lower it or she is going to put her on medicine. She is not heavy but unfortunately is in our genes. Hope it works!
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:32 AM
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My oncologist told me to never let anyone put me on cholesterol medicine. That wasn't because I had cancer at the time. (Cancer's gone btw). She was just saying that no one should take that stuff. She says you should get all white flour and white rice out of your diet, as well as eating fish and poultry instead of red meat.
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