A few years ago I was tested for a thyroid and cholesterol and when it came back my dr nearly was soo shocked on how high it was. I beleive dont quote me was it was close to the 300 like in the 280. yeah that is high for a young person but it does run in my family. She put me on welchol I believe it is which only last me a few months then I lost my job and insurance. I try to eat whole grain and eat right but it only last for soo long and then I fall off th wagon and go right back to the caffien and greasy foods. What ele can I do to maintain my cholesterol?
Excerpt from an excellent article called Cholesterol Reduction by Dr Greg Emerson...
"Serum cholesterol is elevated by the body to protect itself from various acids and toxins. Heavy metals, fungal mycotoxins and trans fatty acids are toxins which will cause a rise in the serum cholesterol. If your serum cholesterol is elevated - don’t worry that it's up. Be thankful that it's offering you some protection and go looking for the toxin which it is protecting you from. Get rid of the toxin and watch the cholesterol come down.
Over half of people having a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is not the culprit in heart disease. The industry that has been built up around cholesterol has distracted us from the real causes of arterial diseases including heavy metals, free radicals, fungal mycotoxins and trans fatty acids.
Below I have outlined a four-step program that is easy to follow that offers a safe and effective alternative to drug therapy.
Step 1. Food and Exercise
Follow the nutritional and exercise principles outlined on this web site. Especially important is a reduction in refined carbohydrates and an increase in alkaline food and water.
Step 2. Thyroid
Ensure you do not have subclinical hypothyroidism. This is incredibly common and a frequent cause of elevated cholesterol. High cholesterol levels and the elevated heart disease risk resolve with appropriate treatment of the hypothyroidism.
Step 3. Detoxify Heavy Metals
Heavy metal exposure is ubiquitous in our current environment. Heavy metals, particularly mercury, cause a rise in cholesterol levels to protect nerves. Reducing cholesterol before addressing the body burden of heavy metals can precipitate heavy metal toxicity. Japanese researchers have also discovered that small amounts of lead cause elevated cholesterol levels in animals. Lead was found to stimulate the gene that causes the liver to produce cholesterol.
Step 4. Nutritional Supplements
Pharmaceutical grade fish oils decrease total cholesterol, increase HDL and reduce platelet stickiness. They have been shown to be more effective in reducing cardiac mortality than statin drugs.
Garlic lowers cholesterol, increases the protective HDL cholesterol and reduces the susceptibility of the bad LDL cholesterol to oxidation.
Once heavy metals have been detoxified and hormones balanced (especially DHEA and thyroid) then pharmaceutical grade fish oils, garlic and vitamin E form the mainstays of my cardiac protection plan. To this I add magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 if hypertension persists. Of course, a heavy metal detoxification programme should continue indefinitely."
Redstar offered some good information, however the comment that half the people having heart attacks have a normal cholesterol level is a bit misleading. There are several reasons, first is that fact that by only looking at the people that have heart attacks as your control group, you do not take into account the mllions of people with normal cholesterol that never develop heart disease, there is nothing to compare this number to therefore it is statistaically incorrect. Also, remember that there are several mechanisms that cause heart attacks like electrical issues, vasospasms, cardiomyopathies and congenital defects so yes, it is possible that half the people with heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels, however that has nothing to to do with cholesterol in many cases, you don't need blockages to have a heart attack.
Bottom line is simple, you need to discuss your options with your doctor, they know your history and risk factors. You should always get their OK to start with lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. Stay away from processed foods, if it comes from a box, bag or window avoid it. Also, cut back on empty carbs like breads, pastas, sugars and alcohol as these will increase your lipids as well.
Again, discuss this with your doctor, your numbers are high and you are young enough to make changes now to alter your life in the future.
My cholesterol was quite high almost tin the 300 and it never dawned on me that my dads side of the family pretty much has a history of high cholesterol and I never had it checked earlier in life. I make sure I eat whole grain lots of cheerios and vitimin supplements. I do eat lots of bread which I need to switch to maybe wheat bread or like pita bread. Italians tend to have high cholesterol cus of the pasta in take and well thats my family. I do need to get it under control. I had it checked back in 2007 from what my result papers had said. We all have bad heart burn to due to the sauce and greast foods. Its ahrd when your other half doesnt diet and you have to and food these days is just outrageous in price.
As long as you do not abuse of it I do not see any problem with pasta Italian way ...
Cook it with little salt, prepare a sauce by frying fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and oregano with olive oil, again it does not needs too much salt.
The olive oil will extract all the licopene of the tomato (a powerful anti oxidant).
The garlic will low your blood pressure and the sulfur components of the onions will help your respiration. Enjoy it!!!
I will keep that in mind. I dnt care for saltbut when I eat fast food its already on there so I do eat it. I loved grilled foods to, Thank you soo much I will keep thisall in mind and start looking online for receipts for myself and try to get the fiance to eat it to...lol
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