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[QUOTE=help_needed]hi my name is jo and recently i did a blood test and found out that my cholesterol is very high (228) this was shocking to me since i weigh 105pounds and exercise more or less every day....i eat fast food about twice a week but i figured that since i exercised it was no problem....i am currently trying to lower my cholesterol but cutting down fast foods but is there any other things that i should do to lower it to at least 200?? i am very aware of the risks involed with high cholesterol and am very worried[/QUOTE]


My advice is to do some independent research on the web about cholesterol and heart disease. There is controversy over whether serum cholesterol is as big a factor in heart disease as the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies make it out to be. Some doctors tend to scare their patients into statins or other medications.

Almost half of heart attacks occur in people with low-to-normal cholesterol levels. If it was such a big factor in heart attacks, one would expect far fewer attacks in this group. I personally do not think a Total Cholesterol of 228 is high enough to get upset and worried over. I think the ratio of LDL/HDL is far more important than the Total Cholesterol number. What were your other numbers? And do you have siblings or parents who have been diagnosed with heart disease?

I would cut back on saturated fats (substitute monosaturated fats like Olive Oil instead), cut back on sugar and sweets, and limit your alchohol intake to a glass of red wine a day.

Eat more green vegetables and fruits.

Avoid trans fats (anything with the word 'hydrogenated' in the label).

Avoid foods with a high 'glycemic index' - you can easily find a listing of GI for various foods on the web.

Get regular cardio-vascular exercise.

If these 'lifestyle' changes don't help in 3-6 months, and you are still concerned about your cholesterol level, you can always take one of the cholesterol meds to get it to a level you are comfortable with...

There are also a number of supplements you could consider taking... but I'd try the changes above first to see what effect they have. They work for some, but not for others.

Just to put things in perspective, I've had a total cholesterol level of 230-260 most of my life (was first checked when I was in my twenties). I was on medication for about 12 years and during that time it was around 180-190, but then I ran into serious side effects from the meds and have been off them for about 2 years. I'm 51 now, and have no sign of heart disease.


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