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quote:
Originally posted by rollo:
Arkie - My HDL is 47 and my trigs are 81. I don't eat dairy or meat to avoid foods high in cholesteral.


rollo, your HDL and triglyceride numbers look good. HDL could be a little higher, but it is still good. Triglycerides are excellent. And your ratio is excellent. Whatever you do, don't get on any lipid lowering drugs. The latest research and analysis of prior studies such as the Nurses Health Study indicates your triglyceride/HDL ratio is the best predictor of future heart disease. A ratio of 5 is about the average. The higher you are above 5, the higher the risk. The lower below 5, the lower the risk. A ratio below 2 means virtually no risk. Yours is 1.7.

Back to the high cholesterol foods. Are you not aware that most of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is produced in your own liver? Like greater than 80% of it. And the less cholesterol you consume, the more your liver makes to compensate for it. So, dietary intake of cholesterol has little to do with blood levels of cholesterol. I know everyone is different, but I eat at least 2 dozen eggs per week and all the red meat and veggies I want. My total cholesterol at last check was 187, HDL about 55, and triglycerides about 100, and LDL about 110.

Eating more red meat is one way to raise HDL levels. That dairy you've been avoiding may have helped to keep your triglycerides low since most dairy products, especially the low fat stuff that is so prevalent today, contain moderately high amounts of sugar. And for most, triglyceride levels rise and fall in direct proportion to the amount of carbohydrates (sugars and starches and such) consumed. Exercise also helps to keep triglycerides low by burning off those carbohydrates before they can turn into fats. And it also helps your HDL levels.

Just curious, but how much bread and pasta type foods do you eat? What about things like potatoes, corn, and rice? What about vegetables and fruit?

Alan
quote:
Originally posted by arkie6:
I think I am going to go on this diet and have bacon and eggs every morning , sounds better than taking statins . :-)

Back to the high cholesterol foods. Are you not aware that most of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is produced in your own liver? Like greater than 80% of it. And the less cholesterol you consume, the more your liver makes to compensate for it. So, dietary intake of cholesterol has little to do with blood levels of cholesterol. I know everyone is different, but I eat at least 2 dozen eggs per week and all the red meat and veggies I want. My total cholesterol at last check was 187, HDL about 55, and triglycerides about 100, and LDL about 110.

Eating more red meat is one way to raise HDL levels. That dairy you've been avoiding may have helped to keep your triglycerides low since most dairy products, especially the low fat stuff that is so prevalent today, contain moderately high amounts of sugar. And for most, triglyceride levels rise and fall in direct proportion to the amount of carbohydrates (sugars and starches and such) consumed. Exercise also helps to keep triglycerides low by burning off those carbohydrates before they can turn into fats. And it also helps your HDL levels.

Just curious, but how much bread and pasta type foods do you eat? What about things like potatoes, corn, and rice? What about vegetables and fruit?

Alan[/B]





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