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Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.[/QUOTE]
:) Thank u Arizona. i didn't know what trigs were or how it effected my cholesterol. Is 5.15 really bad? I am diabetic and don't eat alot of cookies or breads. I do like corn muffins and biscuits but I limit them due to glucose levels. I don't use margarines, I eat just plain food no salt (yuck) but garlic and pepper. I read somewhere that soy products help lower cholesterol. Is this true? I guess I will have to go back on my zetia :o .
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]Triglycerides are small, light fat particles produced in the liver, where they are converted into very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High levels of triglycerides can thicken the blood, and increase your chances of forming clots and clog blood vessels. For most people, triglycerides can be lowered with a reduced intake of carbohydrates.

From the numbers you've provided, it appears that your triglyceride level is 225, which is much higher than what is desirable. An HDL reading of 65 is normally good, but your total is 335, which gives you a TC/HDL ratio of 5.15. Your target ratio should be 4.0 or lower.

I don't know whether or not popcorn will raise LDL. I suppose that would depend on the type of fats that are in it. I prefer real butter myself. Processed foods, and especially snacks such as cookies, are real villains. They can wreak havoc with both triglycerides and LDL, since they most likely contain hydrogenated fats. Since LDL and triglycerides are your two major concerns, you need to restrict foods such as these. Be very careful with foods containing sugars, starches, and hydrogenated fats, and I think you'll see an overall improvement. Exercise is also important, as well as maintaining a desirable weight.[/QUOTE]


:wave: Arizona, I went to the dr today for bp check and got a look at my file. My tc was not 335, but 317, my hdl was 65, my ldl 225 and trigs were 139. the nurse said the trigs were not bad, she seemed impress. So my ?? is why is my gp freakin out? Will this change the ratio from 5.15? It seems i can't lower my bp or cholesterol . the only thing i've seem to be able to control with all this exercising is my weight (lost 15 more lbs) and glucose readings (6.0)
[COLOR=Blue][B]Lifestyle Changes[/B][/COLOR]

Exercise: Although not everyone can run, burning between 1,200 and 1,500 calories each week doing aerobic exercise can have dramatic results. Not only is exercising a wonderful way to keep your heart healthy, it also helps lose weight, which is an additional benefit. By losing 10 pounds of excess weight, according to Kokkinos, "That's where you see significant increases in your HDL cholesterol."

Avoid Trans Fatty Acids: Avoid trans fatty acid containing foods such as French fries, cookies, cakes and many of the fried fast foods.

Minimize Carbohydrates: Minimize carbohydrates by avoiding sugar, flour, potatoes and white rice. Studies prove that HDL level drops dramatically when blood sugar is spiked by carbohydrates.

Avoid Cholesterol Foods: Minimize the food sources of cholesterol such as egg yolk, liver, kidney, brains, etc.

Stop Smoking: According to a study at Vanderbilt, within just one week of quitting smoking, HDL levels raised by seven points.

[COLOR=Purple][B]HDL or Good Cholesterol Foods[/B][/COLOR]

Red Wine: Drinking red wine is yet another option as long as it is consumed within reason. "There are antioxidants contained in red wines such as cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, and pinot noir, that help slow down the oxidation of HDL and LDL cholesterol", according to Vincent Rifici of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. What was shown is not that the HDL was higher than those not drinking, but that the HDL contained higher levels of several types of blood fats, thus giving the positive result. There is still a lot more research required but this could prove to be a wonderful option.

Orange Juice: There was one specific study conducted at the University of Western Ontario in Canada where 25 students drank orange juice every day for four week. The results were amazing. HDL was raised an astounding 21%. The individual leading this study, Elzbieta Kurowska, stated this increase might have been caused by the flavonoid in the orange juice.

Beans: Kidney and red beans are a wonderful choice for raising HDL. These foods are low-glycemic carbohydrates that during digestion do not cause insulin spikes. Studies conducted where people ate foods rich in low-glycemic carbohydrate measure with the highest level of HDL.

Fish: Fish eaten several times a week can also be beneficial in raising HDL since it contains omega-3 fatty acids. This fish would include sardines, salmon, sea bass, herring, etc. If you do not like to eat fish, fish oil can be used as a supplement although the benefit takes much longer.

Olive Oil: Use oils higher in mono-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Including 1-2 teaspoons of olive or canola oil with each meal would be sufficient.

Oat bran: Lowers cholesterol and LDL and raises HDL. In one study, two ounces of oat bran per day was associated with a 16% lowering of LDL and, after 3 months, an increase in HDL of as much as 15% (JAMA. 1991. 285. 1833-1839).

Onions: Some research suggests that half of raw onion/day may raise HDL as much as 30%.

Soy Products: A 1995 meta-analysis of 38 studies of soy confirmed that it lowers total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides, and raises HDL ("good") cholesterol.

Soluble Fiber: Add more soluble fiber to diet. Soluble fiber is found in fruits such as apples, grapes, and citrus fruits. The fiber in these foods helps lower total cholesterol and often raises HDL levels. You need to consume at least 30 grams of fiber per day.





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