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How Many Have High Cholesterol?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Restless28, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Restless28

    Restless28

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    How many of you are dealing with high cholesterol?

    My doctor has put me on Zocor for mine, and I've poured out the rest of alcohol in the home, and looking to modify my diet.

    For those of you dealing with high cholesterol, how do you manage yours? I'll be 40 in the fall, and my health is on my mind a lot now.

    Any suggestions or advice?

    I'm also curious as to how many here don't even know what their blood lipids are.
     
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    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    My HDL's eat up all them LDL's.

    BBQ! Eat off the grill folks. Seriously, twice as much fat drips off the grill and into the fire than when cooking inside where the fat finds its to your plate.

    NUTS! Eat nuts folks. Seriously. I love pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

    EXERCISE! Go walking folks. Seriously. Start walking or swimming or something where you are off your *ss and up and around.


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  3. Restless28

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    PW, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you and do you take a statin drug?
     
  4. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    I had 240 total, 235 triglycerides, etc, etc. Just bad enough that Doc was getting concerned but not ready for drugs yet.

    Went on Atkins for a while, total cholesterol went to 130, triglycerides went to 70 and doc said, "You know your cholesterol can be too LOW, right?" ended up able to live on the Paleo diet as a way of life and everything's stabilized in the normal to low-normal ranges.

    (edit) I'm 46, never took drugs for it.
     
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  5. jms123

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    I do.
    I was keeping it in check using vytorin.
    Now with Obama care the cost went from
    35.00 for a 3 months supply to 480.00 for the same
    3 month supply. I guess mine will be on the rise.
     
  6. Jake514

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    I am in the same club. The doctor perscribed statins but eventually caused constipitation. No much fun.
     
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    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Mine runs 250, always has. I went on Lipitor a few years back. Made my side hurt and the effect was very minimal on HDL.
    I have a theory about cholesterol- everyone has different running levels. Like some cars burn oil and run for 500K, some don't and burn out at 75K.
    My family has a history of running above 200, yet nobody has died or had anything health-wise related to high cholesterol.
    I eat a balanced diet, am 50, excersize moderately- I really am not worried.
     
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    I've been on statins for about 6 yrs now. Total cholesterol was around 240 and my HDL was low. No matter how well I ate, what my weight was (stayed within BMI limits) or how much I exercised (running 2 marathons per year), my total cholesterol level and ratios were bad. I have family history of heart disease. The doc convinced me that I just chose the wrong parents and needed med to control my lipids. I've had no adverse effects from the drugs and my cholesterol is in a healthy range.
     
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    I had side effects on Zocor and several other statins. I quite taking Statins for several years then my cardiologist begged me to try one more time, not so much for lowering my cholesterol, but for the anti-inflamatory benefits.
    I've been taking 5mg. of Crestor for about five years with no side effects. My total cholesterol is 134, don't remember the other numbers.
     
  11. HexHead

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    Lipitor. My TC is about 145 now. Was as high as 619.
     
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    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    The cholesterol is in your blood. What you need is a blood letting.

    Find a qualified leech practitioner. Leeches are much more pleasant than ticks and both are safer than a DIY bleeding.
     
  14. PettyOfficer

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    Have you tried a daily supplement of fish oil? I take a 300mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.

    I also eat more ground turkey than ground beef these days. Takes some getting used to, but the flavor is pleasant, it's not like a veggie burger by any means.

    My #s are good... Just got to work out more often and get this blood pressure under control now.
     
  15. Restless28

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    I have. I will give it another shot. I'm making my shopping list today.
     
  16. VELO

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    Hey Restless,

    I posted in your other thread too. Glad you're taking this so seriously.

    When you're shopping, make sure to do most of it around the edges of the store. That's where all the good stuff is.
     
  17. KenInColorado

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    About 6 or 7 years ago (I'm 51 now) I had borderline high cholesterol. My doctor put me on Lipitor for about 2 months and told me to eat whole grain cereals for breakfast--Cheerios or oatmeal or stuff like that. My recheck showed back in the normal range, so he told me to keep up with the oatmeal. I've been eating oatmeal for breakfast at least 5 times a week, sometimes 7 since that time. My last checkup this May my levels were normal, but my doc told me that I need to watch the fried food to drop it even more. So I moderate french fries, fried fish and stuff like that now. And eat more salads.
     
  18. Lone Wolf8634

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    My cholesterol is a bit bad, 235 range. But thats not what the Doc had a fit about. Triglycerides were sitting at 1205 (normal is 150).

    I have NAFLD but they aren't sure if thats a result of the high T.G.'s or the other way around. I had my gall bladder removed recently and they were hoping that would help since it wasn't working at all, although I don't see how that would effect it.

    Just went in today for more labs to see where they stand now, they've had me on Lipitor and Gemfibrozil.

     
  19. HexHead

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    Check you blood sugar A1C. My Trigycerides were 7010. Yes, that not a typo. Turned our my A1C was 10. Something, around 329. Doc said the two feed off each other. High BS drives the Triglycerides, and Vice Versa. Kind of like a feedback loop. The combination of Lipitor and Tricor has my triglycerides level down to 300-400 now, not great but a huge improvement from 7000.
     
  20. Lone Wolf8634

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    Oh they checked all that, I have a family history of Diabetes, strangely enough my blood sugar always shows high normal. 105 or so.

    My opinion is that I did it to myself, I drank Mountain Dew by the gallon for 25 years, ate greasy, fatty truck stop food for 18 years and sat on my keister behind the wheel of a truck for 18 years.

    And no, I no longer drink soda of any kind, drastically lowered my sugar, fat and starch intake and quit driving, but the damage may have already been done, between genetics and abusing myself for a couple of decades.