(Closed) Just diagnosed…

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

{{{HIVE HUGS!!}}}

If you’ve never watched "The Biggest Loser" I would suggest you become a fan.  That show has some seriously unhealthy people on it, and in the end, they are off all of their medication and have lost weight too!  It’s my inspiration to keep my healthy diet going because I’m in it for the "healthy" not just the weight!!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I wanted to chime in, not as an MD, but as someone raised by a cardiologist (constantly lectured on heart health) and who worked in a cardiologist’s office for many, many summers.  Did your doctor refer you to a specialist?  Unless your diet is extraordinarily unhealthy and you basically never exercise, it’s hard for me to understand how your cholesterol can be that high without an extreme genetic disposition.  There are a lot of factors here, and a lot to consider before choosing long term medication, but I really feel that a diagnosis like that might warrant a second opinion (on treatment) and at least a discussion about cholesterol lowering drugs (though I’m pretty sure my dad would first want you to implement lifestyle changes and see how far that takes you).  Just a thought…I don’t know what your insurance is like, but I really think a second opinion from a speicalist is warranted here.  I guess I’m just concerned b/c >400 is really high.  Also, did your doc give you your cholesterol ratio…that may be way more important than the level itself.

There’s a lot of information on good heart health and diets.  Check out:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000

Definitely changes such as switching to olive oil, adding omega-3s (a lot of stuff is now fortified with them), switching to lean meats, and boosing vegetable fiber will likely make a big difference quickly.

I hope you can enlist your family in making healthier meal choices, b/c being alienated at the dinner table will making changing your diet really hard.  There are many simple and tasty vegetable recipes out there.  A steamer, or a half tbsp of EVOO and a skillet are your friends…and so is the spice cabinet!

Good luck and take care of yourself!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I wanted to chime in, not as an MD, but as someone raised by a cardiologist (constantly lectured on heart health) and who worked in a cardiologist’s office for many, many summers.  Did your doctor refer you to a specialist?  Unless your diet is extraordinarily unhealthy and you basically never exercise, it’s hard for me to understand how your cholesterol can be that high without an extreme genetic disposition.  There are a lot of factors here, and a lot to consider before choosing long term medication, but I really feel that a diagnosis like that might warrant a second opinion (on treatment) and at least a discussion about cholesterol lowering drugs (though I’m pretty sure my dad would first want you to implement lifestyle changes and see how far that takes you).  Just a thought…I don’t know what your insurance is like, but I really think a second opinion from a speicalist is warranted here.  I guess I’m just concerned b/c >400 is really high.  Also, did your doc give you your cholesterol ratio…that may be way more important than the level itself.

There’s a lot of information on good heart health and diets.  Check out the American Heart Association website.

Definitely changes such as switching to olive oil, adding omega-3s (a lot of stuff is now fortified with them), switching to lean meats, and boosing vegetable fiber will likely make a big difference quickly.

I hope you can enlist your family in making healthier meal choices, b/c being alienated at the dinner table will making changing your diet really hard.  There are many simple and tasty vegetable recipes out there.  A steamer, or a half tbsp of EVOO and a skillet are your friends…and so is the spice cabinet!

Good luck and take care of yourself!

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007

I was diagnosed with high cholestrol just before my 20th birthday(almost 6 years ago).  At the time I was diagnosed, I was eating the recommended diet. So needless to say I was put on medication for it.  I was surprised to be diagnosed at such an early age too, but alot of my family members have high cholestrol.  At least you’ve caught it early.  I would try diet and exercise for awhile, but if your numbers don’t come down alot I would really consider going on medication to deal with it.
Good luck and know there are other people dealing with the same thing you are.

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Wow. <hugs> I am a registered dietitian, and lots of things previously mentioned are right on target.

If you know what the rest of your cholesterol panel looks like besides triglycerides, a dietitian can help customize a meal plan to improve your overall panel.  Like if your HDL is low you should eat more peanut butter and olive oil and increase your exercise level, but if your LDL is high eating more vegetable oil would be preferred.  Limiting acohol and carbs will improve your triglycerides, By The Way.  But as others mentioned, you may be genetically predispositioned for this. 

 And a word about the glycemic index:  this is measured by the blood sugar response of 100 grams of one food eaten by itself.  Almost no foods are actually eaten alone: like crackers without cheese or hummus or pasta without sauce.  Foods are meant to be eaten in combination and their blood sugar response changes dramatically when they are.  Glycemic load is another term that takes this into account.  

Bottom line: I would invest in some good quality fish oil gelcaps, learn to love peanut butter and seek out a dietitian.  Hope this helps!

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I just wanted to suggest that you also have your thyroid checked.  I have Hypothyroidism and it has greatly effected my cholesterol levels.  Take care!

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

((((((hugs))))))

At least you know, and because of this information you have a greater chance of having a really healthy life, getting the cholesterol under control and possibly finding a tastier way to live.

 Once you give up the processed foods your taste buds will revive themselves and you will enjoy all sorts of great whole foods.

There are little things, like yams instead of potatoes, and yams are way tastier and have more nutrients and are lower on the Gylcemic index.

I was a vegetarian with higer cholesterol, it was around 200. But that was too high for me. People kept saying it could be genetics. But the doctor can tell you by taking a CBC. My LDL cholesterol was hig, this is the bad stuff. And my HDL was low. I hate too many dairy products, mostly yogurt, but also white rice and since I was in high school I am going to assume i didn’t eat a whole lot more. probably a lot of candy and chocolate. It was a wake up call, I was skinny and yet my heart was taking a beating.

I didn’t change the diet much for the next couple of years. Just less sugar and more coffee. No real change in the cholesterol. But then I turned 21 and started to eat a bit differently, that is I started eating lean meats and more veggetable based protein and roasting veggies in olive oil…oh, and drinking beer or wine, not a lot, but  maybe 2 to 4 drinks a month. Low and behold, a year later, I was batting 160 and it was no longer the bad profile. 

My HDL shot up to 130 and my LDL down to  30.

The doctor was very surprised and excited.  I don’t believe it is all genetics. But I do believe something can be done.

 

You might consider an appointment with a nutritionist. Get an eating program that works for you and your FH…it is way easier to do it if everyone is on the same program. 

What a great way to start your marriage with some lifestyle changes already sorted out.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

hello!!! first off "HUGS" to you!

secondly – cutting out ALL processed foods is absolutely the first step to do this! I’m not sure how welcoming this suggestion will be – but in all honesty, you should try atkins. (I’m not joking, after doing my research on it, it truly is one of the healthiest diets out there). It’s NOT all "meat cheese and eggs" either – once you’re really into it – it’s all whole foods, INCLUDING tons of vegees, nuts, fruits, beans and eventually yes, even bread (and there’s a few fabulous "bread" recipes you can make in the meantime).

My doc diagnosed me with Insulin Resistance (pre-diabetes) and borderline-high cholesterol in October 2007. This was after I realized that no matter HOW hard I tried, weight watchers (low-fat/high-carb) plus exercising – I literally couldn’t lose an OUNCE!

She told me to go on atkins and for a year I didn’t believe her, but after being on the medication she put me on (metformin for the IR) – I kept getting so sick (literally, every time I’d eat carbs) and so I finally listened to her this year and on January 3rd I started atkins. I have lost 20 pounds – TOTALLY gotten rid of my sugar addiction (it is hard, but that’s what you have to do is give up all sugar as SUGAR is what causes high cholesterol – NOT fat)…

And I went back to the doc after I’d only lost 12 pounds and after 12 pounds / 2.5 months of atkins my cholesterol went down from 220 to 192!!! Not only that, but ALL my other levels (triglycerides, LDL, HDL, etc…) improved drastically as well!

You should seriously check out the ADDB board (http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com) as they are absolutely WONDERFUL over there.

You should also check out the website, http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com from a guy named Jimmy Moore who lost a TON of weight on atkins and kept it off – his podcasts keep me going on this way of eating!

Gooooood luck and I hope you meet all of your goals!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

The post by jUne Bride are really helpful – got me motivated. Thanks!!! Best of Luck Ms AnnaLytical.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Wow.  I’m sorry to hear of your diagnosis.  Wishing you luck in the healthy lifestyle changes.

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