Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides are all of concern to those of us with Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome. My recent test results show my HDL and triglycerides to be in great shape, but I am in need of reducing my LDL and general cholesterol readings.
My doctor suggested I take three months to use some new nutritional supplements to see if I can accomplish this without Rxs. In the past, when I have tried the Rxs (3 different ones), I have developed muscle weakness and stopped taking them. I found it encouraging that she would suggest this alternative.
The list she gave me to lower my lipid count is: garlic, soluble fiber, plant sterols, soy protein, gugulipid, flax seed, and niacin (1,000 mg no-flush variety).
I use lots of garlic and eat vast amounts of soluble fiber, so those aren't new to me. Flax seed was part of a recent recommendation Renee made for hair health, so I will following up on that anyway, and Niacin I had simply gotten away from taking. So that left me to research the plant sterols and gugulipid.
Here are some of the products I found for sources of these:
gugulipid: Ultra Guggulow (Doctor's Best with 1,000 mg/capsule)
plant sterols: ChoLESStat with Flaphenol CCM (plant sterols and gugul extract)
general cholesterol: cholestoril (assists fat metabolism and breakdown).
So this is what I will be trying for 3 months.
In addition, I wanted to do some reading to be sure my diet is appropriate (it is), and found this informational series of slides on Web MD. You can cycle through several sets of slides on cholesterol and diet. Some is probably review, some may be new. It's nice to have it all in one easy to access spot.
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