High cholesterol

By ashley50 Latest Reply 2017-03-07 14:12:47 -0600
Started 2014-03-02 18:14:38 -0600

My cholesterol was a tad bit high, any ideas on how to lower it? My endo said cut back on animal food? Any specific ideas? I cannot not eat meat?

10 replies

PetiePal 2014-03-05 15:15:37 -0600 Report

Boost your dark leafy greens. Seriously. If you have a blender or something like the Nutribullet try blending spinach, kale, swiss chard etc into some low carb easy smoothies. It helps a lot.

Also less red meats, more chicken and fish can help. I seem to remember avocados as being good to lower the "bad" cholesterol but Google that

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-04 01:38:05 -0600 Report

I have been on cholesterol meds. now for a couple of years. I control my blood sugar with diet and metformin. I eat meat but lots of veggies and fruit. I haven't been able to walk much lately due to sleet, snow, and ice hitting my area so much this winter. My weight is pretty good 133, but for some reason my cholesterol shot up, so my doctor doubled my med. dose. It still didn't come down so he doubled it again. I just had another check up and he says it is finally coming down and a lot better so keep up with the new dosage. So I guess for me the answer is cholesterol meds. I can't say that is the answer for anyone else, but it is the only thing that has worked for me.

jigsaw 2014-03-03 18:42:44 -0600 Report

Back in time, ( I won't say how far back ) my cholesterol levels were a bit high also. I was able to get them into a healthy range with just diet and exercise initially. Using caution and avoiding unhealthy fats was a part of the successful equation. Additionally, a low carb diet really appeared to make a difference. My cholesterol dropped about 60 points, within 9 mos. My triglycerides dropped an amazing amount also. My cholesterol levels have been good ever since. I eventually had to take a statin to control my triglycerides. I have been familiar with CoQ 10 ( as mentioned by jayabee ) and it's benefits for many years, and so I take it with my statin.

GabbyPA 2014-03-03 09:28:29 -0600 Report

The main things I did that helped lower my cholesterol started with Omega 3 and more exercise. I also eat more plant based items than animal based, but I do still eat red meat. I also drink homemade almond milk, and believe that helped raise my HDL, which has always been a struggle for me.

You also want to look at your cholesterol individually. The HDL is good and you want that to be around 50 or more. Your LDL is the lousy part and you ideally want that below 100. So make sure that your number overall is working in those parameters, so if you have a lower LDL and a higher HDL, an overall higher number doesn't mean the same thing.

codered51 2017-03-07 14:12:47 -0600 Report

I use flax & chia seeds in my morning protein smoothie. I guess they're both great for Omega 3. My last doctor appointment she told me to cut out the 2 seeds. I guess the AMA or something changed their minds on how great they are. She said something about it screws up the numbers for cholesterol blood work. So far I haven't stopped using them. I'm seriously questioning that medical reasoning.

jayabee52 2014-03-03 05:18:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Ashley
Here a couple of things I found when searching for "controlling cholesterol without drugs"

Here is something from Mayo Clinic ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions... They conclude "don't be disappointed if you don't see results immediately. If your doctor recommends medication to help lower your cholesterol, take it as prescribed, but continue your lifestyle changes." Of course what they do not tell folks is that statins affect the body's levels of CoQ 10, a vital component in muscle and heart function. Supplimentation of CoQ 10 is recommended to offset the deline. .

Then there is this slideshow from Prevention Magazine ~ http://www.prevention.com/health/health-conce...#.

Praying you can get it under control.


haoleboy 2014-03-02 23:09:11 -0600 Report

Skinless chicken breasts. Limit your milk/milk product intake and increase the fiber and Omega 3 in your diet
Oh … and exercise

- Steve

mjhorgan 2014-03-02 18:36:38 -0600 Report

I had that problem as well. I know increasing exercise and lowering the trans fats (margarine etc) helped a lot. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a prescription statin. That's what finally put me in an acceptable range. Just chose lean cuts of meat and fish. Especially cold water fish like salmon. Hamburger is fine just choose a lean mix or cook it on a grill.