I have hyperlipedemia and am on a statin. I also take 2000mg of prescription Niaspan nightly. I try to watch what I eat and exercise, but my age, 62, makes dropping weight a bit harder, as does severe arthritis. I am about 30 pounds overweight, not good but not too horrid. That's my sob story portion of this post.
I know there are many, many foods that are low in cholesterol, and I eat them. My question is, are there foods out there that actually REMOVE cholesterol from your body?
I know that oatmeal is suppose to do that, so I ate oatmeal all the time. Then someone told me that the instant oatmeal I was eating was NOT helping at all. That bummed me out because I love it and cooking oatmeal the old fashion way is a pain in the rear.
.I have two cardiac stents from blocked arteries and the third major one is getting close.
Any supplements that will help? I take fish oil and a mutli, but that's about it.
Help and advice please.
Thanks so much in advance
First of all, I think the information you got from that person about oatmeal is incorrect.
I once called Quaker Oats regarding the various types of oatmeal.
They have Old Fashioned (5 minute), and they have 1 Minute, and they have instant.
They told me the only difference is the how fine they cut up the oat.
The smaller the oat the faster it cooks. It does nothing to the substance, oats. Each of the three types are 100% oats.
By the way, oats don't even have to be cooked. In many muesli type cereals you find plain uncooked oats.
So, eat the type you enjoy most and gain the benefits.
You might eat them with soy milk which is very tasty, especially the vanilla variety. Soy milk has no cholesterol.
Now, I am your age, actually 63. If I had already had two stents and was cautioned about needing a third one, I'd say "Whoa!"... this ain't working, my heart disease is progressing and that will end up bad somewhere down the road.
I'd invest in about 3 books and read about others who have been on your current path.
1. Dr. Dean Ornish, Reversing Heart Disease
2. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
3 & 4 Books by Dr. John McDougall and/or Dr. Neal Barnard
They are all very similar. Normally I'd doubt most people are motivated enough to change, but your apparent path is not one that has a bright future if you don't take some drastic steps.
Of course, read and think about it. If you come to any decision, let your doctors know about anything you do. Never stop any meds you are on without permission.
If you read two or three of those books and decide it isn't for you, at least you've viewed the option. I don't have heart disease. I changed my way of eating for other reasons, but if I were in your shoes, I'd do almost anything to alter the current path and progression.
Small investment in time and money for a couple books when you consider the alternatives.
By the way, Bill Clinton follows the plan put forth by those first two doctors and credits them for keeping him from having a heart attack.
He only went "full-on" with the changes after he had a quadruple bypass.
Perhaps you can avoid that.
I wish you well. You can do something instead of just waiting for stent number 3.
You are wonderful and I really appreciate the time you've taken to respond to me.
I am going to get the books and do more research.
I didn't know Clinton had had a QB.
That I don't have health insurance due to economic "complications" is not making my care much easier. But I have taken what you said to heart and I don't know how to thank you for your kindness and compassion.
Yes, lack of health insurance is serious, but you may not be fully aware of what is happening January 1st, 2014. Only 8 months away.
Obama Care kicks in all over America.
I'm not sure where you live.
Here is a California example of expected costs depending on your income.
If your income is about $15,900 or more you can use the calculator seen here.
States may vary a bit, but your total cost should be similar.
Now, if you are out of work, etc, you will soon qualify for Medi-cal in most states where the cost will be even less.
This is all new this year and hasn't been explained to the public.
Without this new program, you probably couldn't even get coverage, even at over $600 per month, due to your pre-existing condtion.
That all changes January 1st, 2014.
You don't live in California do you?
In the mean time, either go to Amazon and get those books, or find them at the library. Also there is a huge amount of information on the internet involving those 4 doctors whose names I mentioned. But a good book is a nice start.
Between now and January 1st you can take some steps to help yourself and hopefully avoid any complications.
That Dr. McDougall name I mentioned above has a very actived online community that is completely free. Lots of support can be found there after you read one or more of those books.
Your future may become much brighter than you think regarding your condition. Stay positive, there are many people who have greatly improved their future health. So much of it can be done with the most minimal investment, as in the case of those books and free online support from similar folks.
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