(Closed) Just diagnosed…

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
45 posts

That is definitly not good! ๐Ÿ™ Changing your diet and exercising more will help, and that will make you feel much better overall too. But also, some people are simply predisposed to high cholesteral, no matter what their diet and exercise regiment. I would assuem your one such person since you cholesterol level is so high. If I were you, I would go on lipitor.

Post # 4
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am sorry to hear this.  As a person with health issues and yes that same I am only this and I already have this.  I will say a prayer for you and with a lot of love and support I am sure you will do fine.  Sounds like your Fiance is very suportive.  That is the best thing for you:)  Lots of love:)

Post # 5
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I’m so sorry to hear that I’m sure it was a total shock. ::Hugs:: I have to get annual health screening for work and several years ago when I was eating a lot of frozen diet meals my cholesterol shot up over 200. I had no idea why or what it could be. I started looking carefully at what I was eating and I realized a lot of those meals are off the charts cholesterol wise. I stopped eating them and was back to normal next health screening. Obviously, you have a genetic predisposition here but I just thought it might be one easy way, in concert with other strategies, to try to get it down. Good luck! Keep us posted on how it goes.

Post # 6
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re stressed about this.  I’m sure it was shocking to get this information, especially when you assumed that you were being pretty healthy.  My mom had a massive heart attack last year (she’s fine, Thank God) and it came really out of the blue.  She had no idea how high her blood pressure and chloesterol were, if she had known, it might not have gotten so bad. I had another health gut-check when my fiance was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes only 2 months after my mom’s heart attack.  Since then he’s lost almost 40 pounds and gotten all of his levels back to normal.  You really can make a huge difference if you’re proactive!

I applaud you for getting everything checked out now, because you can make such an impact on your health at a younger age.  From what I understand, many people simply have a high chlolesterol because of genetics.  Did your doctor recommend medication?  I know my fiance went on either Zocor or Lipitor (I can’t remember) and between that and his exercize/weight loss, his chlolesterol has dropped like crazy (from 234 to 95)!  

I’m so glad that you’ve got your fiance helping you out on your health kick.  I know that’s what made a huge difference for us.  We’ve been helping each other stick to our healthy lifestyle and it’s so much easier doing it together.  

Just take it one day at a time and you’ll do great. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee

I was also diagnosed with high cholesterol at 22! Mine is genetics + eating crap. I’m on meds that have it in the healthy range (changing my diet didn’t help), and I am eating healthier and exercising. I always figured it would be a problem since everyone on my Mom’s side has high cholesterol.
It is definitely something to be concerned about but stressing about it won’t help,and it may be something that you need medication to control. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

((hugs!!)) you’re on the right track now!  I’m so glad ot hear that you Fiance is being so super great ๐Ÿ˜€  Keep us updated — we’ll be here for support as you embark on your new, healthy life style!!

Post # 9
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh no!!! I’m so sorry to hear this! THis is definitely not good news. High cholesterol runs in my family, and if I’m not SUPER careful about what i eat, my numbers go up and up and up and my doctor crabs at me.

Look at it as an excuse to start a new lifestyle. It’s easier at 22 than it is at 40. Your body will adjust much easier, and you’ll just have to think about your health. All the other side benefits (more energy, weight loss, overall feeling good) is just a big bonus! 

I do low glycemic foods and it’s really quite easy! I like luna bars…they hold me over waaaay longer than regular granola bars without an excessive amount of fat and calories. But low glycemic holds you over longer, so it’s a nice little perk. 

 Good luck! See if your insurance will cover a nutritionist to help you learn about how to tailor your diet specifically to high cholesterol stuff. My parents are always "oh we’re on a diet" (they both have really high cholesterol) and then they have lobster for dinner because it’s "low calorie" uhhh, right? Arm yourself with information and you’ll be fine! 

Post # 10
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

New information shows that the majority of your cholesterol level is determined by genetics (yell at mom and pop! ).  For triglycerides try to cut up saturated fats and alcohol. Also, don’t be scared of the medications (there are some side effects but usually not bad) it will be better in the long run if you get your numbers under control now. Don’t freak out yet!  Good luck!

Post # 11
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Just wanted to also comment that if your blood work was not fasting (ie you had eaten less than 8 hours prior to getting blood drawn) the triglyceride count may be falsely elevated.

Post # 12
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

While the news wasn’t good, good for you for staying on top of you health!  I applaud you for that.

Unfortunately, some people are just genetically predisposed to certain ailments, and elevated cholesterol is one of those things!  You are taking the right steps by changing your diet and adding exercise.

Try not to stress out too much about it!  You are doing all of the right things

Post # 13
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

What a bummer! But good for you for trying to get on the right track!

If you’re getting into the GI, I highly recommend the Rick Gallop books – there are some fabulous recipes and the charts are very easy to follow! Learn to love those veggies {and garlic!}.

Good luck with getting your numbers turned around!


Post # 14
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m sorry to hear this.  Someone said it, and they are absolutely right, a lot of this is probably genetics.  Work with your doctor until you are absolutely positively sure that you understand all of the steps that you need to take to get and stay on the right track.  30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week (and preferrably all 7) is the best thing you can do.  Then make sure you understand the difference between HDL, LDL, and triglycerides and what foods contain them.

Now, a silly question… Were you truly fasting for these tests?  Did you have McDonalds or something the night before?  If you ate breakfast or had a really crummy dinner the night before, the tests may not be accurate and may need to be repeated.

Post # 15
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Doctorgirl is right..fasting 2 days before (no fatty food, veggies, lots of water, ) is best and truly reflects your physical status.

Genes do cause alot..I say it’s nature vs. nurture we have to keep in check.

Post # 16
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi, sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis.  My father just was diagnosed similarly around Thanksgiving this year and has been following a strict diabetic diet with huge success.  His weight dropped 60lbs, his cholesterol dropped, and now his blood sugar has been "normal" for three months and counting.  Have you been in contact with a diatician?  They can set you up on a diet that will tackle these issues.

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