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High Cholesterol Message Board


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...It is best to look at the overall (big) picture and educate ourselves as to what is really going on. One example is with Triglycerides. while this is only one component of totals cholesterol, it can be a very important factor. For years it was thought that triglycerides could only be lowered by a low fat diet, yet in most cases it is by controlling carbohydratesthat Triglycerides are controlled.
...High triglycerides can be caused by metabolic syndrome which is a buzzword for insulin resistance and the resulting hyperinsulinemia. Hyperinsulinemia has been linked ot heart disease. Once I controlled my triglycerides with diet (glycemic index) I saw my triglycerides drop from 350 to 97. I also saw my blood pressure drop from 135/80 to 118/75. So hyperinsulinemia and the resulting high triglycerides are nothing to play around with.
...So I would be careful with blanket statements regarding cholesterol as it has many components some of which are known to be harmful and some that may be questionable as you point out. And it cost me nothing to lower my triglycerides except for reducing the amount of white starches in my diet.
Rick
[QUOTE=Amy26;3179788]I'm so confused. :(

I'm only 29 years old and I took it upon myself to get my cholesterol, bp and everything under control ... I think my total cholesterol was 270... my hdl number was like 57.

Its so hard to know what's good and what's not! Like saying drink red wine cause its good for your heart...well I have really high triglycerides and the only thing I can think that raised them high was red wine.... cause I love red wine... so, am I never supposed to drink red wine again?

I'm on Lipitor... should I keep taking it? Or since I'm so young just use diet and exercise to compensate?

I am on Benicar and HCZ too... and I hate all these pills cause they make me feel terrible. Is lowering my bp and cholesterol worth all the side effects you get from these pills?

Red meat has just about the same amount of cholesterol in it as chicken or turkey... so why does everyone say DONT EAT RED MEAT!!

I'm just so confused its not even funny... I know some of you are gonna say I'm just gonna have to do what I'm confortable with. But I don't know what I'm comfortable with... I wanna do the right thing as I wanna live a long time... but who is to say that taking all these pills isn't gonna make some other thing in my body go haywire... and then I read posts like this where I hear higher cholesterol is ok?

Sigh...[/QUOTE]

...By reducing the amount of potatoes and rice in my diet, I got my triglycerides down from 350 to 97. It also lowered my BP from 135/80 to 118/75.
rick





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