Post # 1
Just got back the results of my first ever cholesterol screening. I have family history of high cholesterol on both sides, but I’d been living in this happy bubble. I’m 28, I am in good shape, I eat healthy foods. Finally decided it was time to start being proactive about my health, so while I was seeing the doc for other aches/pains, I requested a cholesterol test.
299. Yeah, that’s right, my cholesterol is 299! The ratio is ugly, the bad cholesterol is ugly, the triglycerides are ugly. Bad, high, ugly cholesterol.
Tack onto that low thyroid, signs that my liver is unhappy, and rheumatoid arthritis, and my happy bubble is thoroughly popped.
Moral of the story: go for regular check-ups, even if you feel okay.
Post # 3
I agree 100%!!!!! Being young doesnt always mean you are healthy and its better to cathch things early then before its too late to fix the problem
Post # 4
(bumping for the night owls)
Post # 5
my first check for cholesterol is this July! I am trying to be good and eat oatmeal each morning…doing myself favors when I can. Nervous!
What do you have to do to get it down?
Post # 6
@MsTargaryen: I meet with the doctor in a couple weeks; I’m sure it will involve medication to help and then a diet that is even more restricted than what I currently eat plus more exercise. My mother had a severe reaction to statins (most cholesterol lowering meds), so I am hoping to avoid those incase I have the same sensitivity.
Post # 7
Yes I know this all too well. My total chol is 229 and LDL is 149. Not that great for 25 yo.
@MsTargaryen: Fried goods, cheese, egg yolk, creamy dressings, etc. They all contain cholesterol. Also exercise and medication if needed.
Post # 8
Great message to everyone! =)
I just found out I have high prolactin levels and a nodule on my thyroid and I’m 24. I’ve apparently had these problems for years, but no other doctor addressed anything.
Post # 9
Yes! And don’t forget yearly skin checks at the Dermatologist too.
Post # 10
I found that cutting down on meats, eggs and lots of walking helped with my cholesterol. Good luck to you!
Post # 11
I agree! And not just your family doctor either—-make sure you get to your ob/gyn! I go every year willingly (am I the only one that doesn’t mind it???) but my sister hasn’t gone since her son was born—his is 6!!! yikes!! I had a full body screening lately and they coincidentally found a lump on the CT scan— biopsy came back ok—but cancer scare is NOT fun. Get on it, ladies. And get your men to the doctor, too. As the old saying goes: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Post # 12
@inspiredcreations: I have bad cholesterol on both of my family sides,too. I’ve been on medication since I was 10, and my numbers are/were similar to yours. I am very small, exercise every night of the week, and watch what I eat. I was diagnosed with a disorder where my body produces too much cholesterol, so even though on the outside I look like the picture of health, inside I’m just raging with lipids!
This is a great message to everyone. Get yearly checkups and have bloodwork done to check for a miriad of things, like cholesterol! And do the skin checks! I am currently working on finding a derm to do a skin check. It’s just necessary! And dont forget the lady doctor!
Post # 13
UPDATE: After getting my not-so-pretty lab results, I bought the book “Engine 2 Diet”. It promotes an oil-free vegan lifestyle that targets heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. It starts with a 28 day program and then you are supposed to keep it up from there. Well, I committed to doing the 28 days.
Post 28-Day labs are in… Total cholesterol is down 100 points!!!
– Total went from 299 to 199
– LDL (bad cholesterol) went from 202 to 128
– Triglycerides went from 179 to 130
And I lost 5 pounds! I was starting off slim, so I wasn’t expecting much in the weight-loss department. My HDL (good cholesterol) still needs some work, but my fitness level is on the rise. All in all, I feel so much better, and am a total plant-strong convert!
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I have a history of high cholesterol so I get my blood run at least once per year. Definitely have your TSH/thyroid test done regularly as well. Low or high TSH levels wreak havoc on your metabolism and a lot of weight gain can be attributed to low TSH levels.
Post # 15
@inspiredcreations: holy cow, that’s amazing! Are you planning to stick with it?
Post # 16
@SquidWeds: Yep! I feel so much better from an energy perspective and my indigestion/heart burn hasn’t been an issue in weeks. Plus I have been able to eat as much as I wanted; huge plates of veggies, fruits, beans, and grains, so I haven’t been hungry at all. It just feels like my body is cleaner, if that makes sense? The lab tech today told me I won’t have to go on any cholesterol meds at all if I keep it up and if I can bring the levels down just a bit more 🙂