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High Cholesterol Message Board

High Cholesterol Board Index


High serum cholesterol can be largely determined by the genes you have inherited.

However, before you go on cholesterol meds, you should try lifestyle changes to see if they lower you counts:

a) lose excess weight - it contributes to higher cholesterol than you would otherwise have

b) Limit the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat you consume

c) Avoid trans-fats (anything with 'hydrogenated' in the label)

d) Have a glass of or 2 of wine daily (but limit overall alchohol consumption to this )

e) Cut back on sugars, sweets, processed foods, anything 'white' (white rice, white bread...)

f) Eat more foods with a low glycemic-index. Eat more fruits and veggies.

g) Limit the amount of dairy you consume

h) Take Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements to increase your HDL (good cholesterol)

i) Increase your amount of aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, cycling) to at least 30 minutes every other day.

If the above don't help lower your numbers (your cholesterol is high and needs to come down), then consider a statin or fibrate drug. However, these meds will need to be taken for life, and can have side-effects you need to be aware of (muscle pain, weakness, tingling sensations & nerve damage, mental impairment or forgetfullness).


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