Question about how to get HDL and LDL improved

tabby9146
By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2010-07-29 20:31:38 -0500
Started 2010-07-05 17:36:17 -0500

My last total number was 176. My trig. is 110 so I need to work on that too. My HDL was 51 and my LDL was 103. All three need improvement I was told and I know the ranges. I don't know what else I could possibly do, besides what I am doing. I watch the cholesterol in food, at least most of the time, I exercise 6 days a week for at least 30 mins. My weight is ideal now. I had lost 30 lbs. a few months after diagnosis 1 1/2 years ago. I wonder if I should take something OTC that helps improve it. Most of my snacks are healthy ones that have no cholesterol, or very very little, and low in fat too. What do you all suggest? thanks!


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Sweetrthnhuny
Sweetrthnhuny 2010-07-05 18:51:27 -0500 Report

My doctor recommended that I use OTC fish oil. If you ask your doctor or pharmacist which brand they recommend. Hope this helps.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-07-06 09:09:59 -0500 Report

I cant take those huge pills , they usually end up getting stuck in my throat and there goes breakfast so I just get it naturally. :)

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-07-05 18:40:46 -0500 Report

Having good cholesterol in your diet is the key! A lot of it is eating the right kinds of fats. I have a few tricks that keep my numbers great. Every morning I eat an avocado, I eat lots of almonds and boiled peanuts during the day. I have things like salmon and tuna. I take a daily resveratrol supplement, which is like drinking 2 glasses of red wine ( I could just drink the wine but this is like drinking Muscadine wine.) I also snack on cheerios from time to time. http://www.kflatthealthnews.com/2008/04/foods... When I want chocolate I have dark chocolate. You just have to find the foods that are good fats and include them in your daily diet. :)

tabby9146
tabby9146 2010-07-29 20:31:38 -0500 Report

I snack on cheerios, eat cheerios for breafast often, sometimes eat oatmeal for b'fast, I like tuna so I need to eat more of that, don't care for salmon unfortunately, I do eat almonds most days, about a handful and I try to eat other nuts too. I could try the resveratrol but will wait and see what my numbers are. I am overdue for finding that out. Will have to try the dark chocolate too. The Doctors and Dr. Oz all say that all of these things are the things to try. Thanks!

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-05 18:33:11 -0500 Report

I'd suggest being happy with your numbers and working on your trigs. Personally I don't see anything wrong with your LDL or HDL, they are all within normal range, but your trigs could go lower.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2010-07-05 18:48:23 -0500 Report

the diabetes educator told me that my LDL and HDL still needed some improvement, so that is why I think I do. But I am happy with those numbers. They are a good improvement over what they were at diagnosis. Thanks Betty, I already eat a handful or two of nuts per day, mostly almonds, and I eat tuna regularly, but don't like salmon. I will try the dark chocolate, but I know I have to be careful about the amount of it. I do eat cheerios quite a bit. I also eat oatmeal often for breakfast, or just plain old cheerios. I also eat multi-grain cheerios regularly. Don't like avocados. Gee I wish I did. Thanks!! I appreciate the responses.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-06 07:17:15 -0500 Report

Did they tell you why they want the LDL lower and the HDL higher? A lot has started to come out about aggressive cholesterol control being largely pointless and in some cases dangerous. None of the recent studies have shown any advantage for diabetics to aim for lower cholesterol numbers than the general population. It's completely up to you but with any treatment I would find out why they want you to do it and then make sure the reasons are valid before doing it. There is also a lot of evidence that a high fat, low carb diet will improve cholesterol numbers far more than a low fat diet. It worked for me, my HDL doubled and my LDL went down by a third. There is a lot of information out there regarding cholesterol and all the different theories out there, I don't know who is right or wrong but when you really look at it they are all just best guesses.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-05 18:32:37 -0500 Report

I'd suggest being happy with your numbers and working on your trigs. Personally I don't see anything wrong with your LDL or HDL, they are all within normal range, but your trigs could go lower.

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