High cholesterol

By JackieBurk Latest Reply 2014-01-12 18:02:35 -0600
Started 2014-01-08 08:43:23 -0600

Oh no! I was diagnosed type 2 about 9 months ago. I've lost weight and exercise almost daily. My latest blood work is good for my blood sugar - A1C is 6 but now my cholesterol is high and my doctor wants to put me on medication (currently take metformin). I don't love the idea of another medication - any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

22 replies

LemonChocolatte 2014-01-12 18:02:35 -0600 Report

I truly understand your feelings regarding another medication. I've experienced the exact same thing. My A1C … great, my cholesterol not so great . In the past I've been able to keep my numbers below 100 by taking Kyolic Red Yeast Rice. Please do your research on it and make your decision. I can say that it is a form of statin but in a more natural state. Are you also taking CoQ10? it supports your skeletal muscles, as you know statin drugs may cause muscle atrophy (heart…muscle).

My experience with Lipitor caused my muscles to atrophy even though I was continuing my walk and strenghtening excercises. I noticed my muscles were no longer toned, especially thigh and buttocks areas. I spoke with my physician about it and was surprised she agreed CoQ10 would be beneficial . I noiced the leg cramps subsided as well. Again, please do your research first on both supplements mentioned Here are other supplements that may interest you most of which have been beneficial for me.

Alpha Lipoic Acid, B complex, Tumeric.

Copperchef 2014-01-11 15:19:02 -0600 Report

I went to a endocrinologist to make sure I got the right medication for my cholesterol. I take a Statin type drug for cholesterol and had it brought under control. Beats havin a heart attack or a stroke.

Sherelle112 2014-01-08 19:04:09 -0600 Report

Yeah I lost 65lbs & then had a higher cholesterol than I did before hand!!!!

GabbyPA 2014-01-10 13:15:45 -0600 Report

Me too. I lost 80. Now I am stabilized in my weight (not good, but at least I am starting to loose again) My levels have improved with more exercise and I believe also almonds.

Glucerna 2014-01-08 17:57:49 -0600 Report

Definitely ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who can look at your current eating habits and help you make changes to lower your cholesterol level. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/ch...‎ has some good information as well. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2014-01-12 12:10:30 -0600 Report

i like your advice Lynn. I know that cholesterol levels in some cases can be controlled with proper diet and exercise. In situations where diet and exercise are not enough, then I believe that proper medical treatment with medication is a good choice. When necessary, and as Copperchef has mentioned taking meds are a good alternative to heart attack and stroke.

Glucerna 2014-01-12 16:12:11 -0600 Report

You're right that a combination of targeted healthy eating and medication when necessary gives you the best treatment package. ~Lynn @Glucerna

dagger1234 2014-01-08 12:46:36 -0600 Report

I don't understand this too. My doc told me I'm doing better- I'm not losing weight but my bs levels are normal and low. I did some blood work today and was called saying I have high cholesterol now and need to be on another med. Sighs..when will this stop??!!!!!! :(

JackieBurk 2014-01-08 09:54:44 -0600 Report

Thanks Nick. I'm hoping any med will be temporary. My cholesterol actually went up as I was losing weight & exercising. I have lost 39 pounds and have 30 to go.

Nick1962 2014-01-08 14:43:34 -0600 Report

Yes, I was on a rollercoaster with many things for a while. Found out that as you lose weight, you actually have less cells to feed (no kidding, right?), but here’s what’s chemically happening:

When you lose weight, you are starting to burn up stored fat. That fat plus fatty acids and triglycerides go right into the bloodstream.
You have to burn 2500 to 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. So if you lost 10 pounds that means you’ve pumped about 25,000 to 35,000 calories of that fat into your bloodstream. If you’ve already lost 40 lbs. (congrats by the way!), you’ve pumped over 100,000 calories of stored fat into your blood stream. That’s a lot of fat to filter through you which you normally couldn’t even eat on your own. Kind of like eating a stick of butter once a day.

That said, it’s likely your blood pressure may go up a little, as well as your triglycerides, and your LDL goes nuts and you BG numbers may go up because all that fat in the bloodstream blocks insulin.

Like Gabby said, bargain with your doctor because once you stabilize or plateau weight-wise, and you start feeding your cells just from what you put in your mouth, this probably will change dramatically and the med unnecessary. The meds might be necessary to keep you regulated through the process though. Mine (total cholesterol) went from 425 mg/dl to my current at 110 mg/dl (desirable is anything under 200), and my triglycerides are so low they test twice.

Congrats on all the great work so far and buckle up for an interesting ride!

GabbyPA 2014-01-08 09:44:31 -0600 Report

Do some bargaining with your doctor. Ask him/her what you can do to lower your cholesterol with diet and exercise first. Give yourself a time line and a goal. I have done this with my doctor and I got my levels down where he stops bugging me to be on a med. And I actually got my HDL to go up, which was a miracle!! I attribute it to almond milk, lots of salads and daily exercise.

JackieBurk 2014-01-08 09:56:20 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby - my good cholesterol is actually good, it's the bad that has me stumped. I planned on bargaining with him but I'm at a loss as to how to lower it.

GabbyPA 2014-01-08 09:59:51 -0600 Report

How is your thyroid? I am finding out that if your thyroid is not working right, it affects all kinds of other things. I think that was one of the causes of my husband's crazy high cholesterol and triglycerides. Once we got his thyroid meds being taken as he should, his levels got much better. The rest is left up to his genes according to his doctor. But all the cholesterol meds make him sick, so we do the best we can with it.

GabbyPA 2014-01-08 10:19:42 -0600 Report

It is something I am just starting to look into for myself. But one source I read says that it is a contributing factor to high cholesterol and we often don't even know it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-08 09:22:10 -0600 Report

I totally agree with Nick. High Cholesterol can occur with diabetes. Thankfully, when the blood work was done for my initial diagnosis, my doctor also included cholesterol testing. By the time my A1C was down to 6.5, my cholesterol was also in very good shape and I was taken off the medication for cholesterol.

If it were me, I would speak to a nutrtionist to help with a meal plan that can help you with maintaining your diabetes and lower your cholesterol. I worked on both at the same time.

Nick1962 2014-01-08 09:13:00 -0600 Report

Hopefully, whatever med he chooses for cholesterol, as well as the metformin will be temporary.
Depending on how much weight you need to lose, and how you change your diet, your cholesterol issues should improve. Mine did dramatically, and I got off the meds, however my good cholesterol still needs to come up a tad. Just an FYI – most cholesterol meds have a bad reaction with grapefruit juice, can cause stomach pains, gas, and nausea if that isn’t incentive enough to try to lose weight and eat better. I tried three different ones and settled on a combo BP/chol combo drug called Caduet as a “maintenance” dose (due to age and family history) with no side effects.

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