(Closed) Healthy lifestyle, but high LDL?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

There may be something you’re taking in that you don’t realize is causing this. A long time ago I had the same thing happen, and discovered I was taking in to many products with nuts. I ate lots of trail mix, peanut butter, and always had peanut flavored protein bars and stuff too. It caused the same problem once I cut back I was back to normal and in the clear. Just a thought.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was going to suggest genetics – I know there’s conditions that can cause insanely high cholesterol regardless of lifestyle.  It’s possible that higher cholesterol does run in your family and you don’t know about it because cardiovascular issues haven’t.

I know super high HDL/good cholesterol runs in my mom’s family.  My HDL was in the triple digits the last time I had it tested, which means my overall cholesterol always looks a little borderline.  It wasn’t something I knew until I specifically talked to my mom about it (and I guess in my case, it’s not bad, it’s just weird). 

I know there are foods that are high in cholesterol but otherwise very healthy, like shrimp, but I’d suggest you find out if it’s something genetic and talk to your doctor to see if s/he’s concerned before you make any diet or exercise changes since it seems like you’re already pretty healthy.

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hopefully this link can help you, as eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean having a low cholesterol intake (red meat, seafood, eggs all have a lot of cholesterol):

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Prevention-and-Treatment-of-High-Cholesterol_UCM_001215_Article.jsp’ defer=’defer

 

Also, as far as I understand (I am not a medical doctor!), “genetically high cholesterol” is hereditary, so if no one in your family has it, that’s probably not it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ginnyc: OK, looking at your numbers, I don’t think they’re actually high.  They look very similar to mine (except my HDL was 106 which I don’t think is functionally any different than 73 which is plenty high enough).

The only individual number that’s anything resembling an issue is the LDL which is in what mayo clinic lists as the “near ideal” category (going off the chart here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-levels/CL00001).  I think it’s OK for the overall number to be borderline when part of the reason it’s over 200 is because your HDL is very high which is good news.

No doctor has ever mentioned high cholesterol to me since I was a kid and they started breaking down the results into good/bad/triglycerides.  From what I’ve been told, it’s OK to have a very slightly suboptimal LDL and total # if your other indicators are fine to excellent, so definitely don’t worry about it unless a doctor brings it up as something to worry about.  Otherwise – just keep on doing what you’re doing (and congrats on 11 years of sobriety!)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ginnyc:  You’re welcome.

No, I know it’s kind of surprising… it was for me as well (I don’t remember exactly what my LDL was, but it was right about what yours was).  I’m also a super healthy eater, non-smoker, exercise every day.  But at a certain point we can’t micro-manage how our bodies react to our habits.  Cholesterol levels are a continuum, not a black and white category where suddenly if you go from 199 to 201 it’s a huge issue.  I think if you’ve had unhealthy habits for years and your other health measures are mediocre, then LDL rising to the “near ideal” category could be a cause for concern that your body is starting to show results of inactivity and poor nutrition, but if it just happens to be a little higher than ideal and everything else is good, then it’s probably just the way your body is and nothing to worry about.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yep, i’m the same way. I have a terrible family history so I think it’s inevitable. However, there are ways to manage by consuming lots of healthy fats and exercising. Worst case scenario is medically managing however I really hope I never have to do that. 

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