Post # 1
My husband and I were recently examined for life insurance. We had our blood taken. My results were unremarkable. But his…
He is 30 years old and maybe 10 pounds overweight. His overall cholesteral is 258. His triglycerides are 382!!!! his good cholesteral is only 36.
The thing is he works out 3 times a week. We do go out to eat about once a week. He drinks one can of soda a day and likes to eat chips and salsa.
But other than that he’s not eating like a pig or anything.
He is on Humira which can (after googling) apparently cause very high cholesteral as a side effect. He can’t come off the Humira as it’s the only thing that works for his severe crippling arthritis.
I’m so frightened. Does anyone have any experience with this? There’s no heart disease in his family, his grandparents are in their eighties, all four of them alive and sharp as a tack. We have made a plan where we will be cutting out red meat, soda and chips, and trying to add fish and oatmeal and more vegetarian meals. We already eat chicken. The fish part is intimidating to me.
I know there are things like statins but I’ve heard they aren’t for use in relatively young people and don’t do much good in actually reducing heart attack risk. Any insights?
I feel so overwelmed. My nightmare has always been that he’ll fall over from a heart attack but I always comforted myself that the odds were far against it. Now it seems it’s not so far out of the picture. Thank God we applied for life insurance!
Post # 3
@Magdalena: Oh no, I’m so sorry this is happening! I haven’t really experienced everything similar, but if you are thinking about eating a little bit healthier it may seem daunting, but we’ve been trying to make changes a little at a time and it’s really pretty simple and rewarding. Good luck!
Post # 5
@Magdalena: That’s not HORRIBLE – I mean, yeah there’s def room for improvement. I’ve seen much worse.. In kids! Humira could be the culprit, but I suspect genetics are at play here too! Have his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles been tested? Is getting off of Humira or getting on an alternative a possibility?
My hubs who is 33 was just diagnosed with hypertension (also not that bad), it’s scary, isn’t it?!? He is a fireman and in GREAT shape!
Post # 6
Does he eat plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruit? My cholesterol had inched up so I went to a nutritionist and she gave me tips on how to eat.
Hello flaxseed and goodbye to red meat. I didn’t cut red meat out but I cut down in it. I also starting eating cheerios mixed with Uncle Sam cereal in the mornings. It’s packed with flaxseed and it’s not bad. My cholesterol decreased quite a bit in 3 months and I lost 13 pounds.
Triglycerides are tricky. If he had eaten the “wrong” meal a day or two before his blood draw it could have messed him up.
See if his med insurance will pay for a nutritionist. I have Aetna and it’s allowed. 🙂
Post # 7
@Magdalena: Def agree with the nutritionist idea! Triglycerides would probably go down if he cut out that soda every day….
Post # 8
Thanks you all. I’ve calmed down a little bit but I’m still on edge.
Apparently his dad is the only other person who has been tested and he had normal levels. There’s a lot of cancer in DH’s family, and the bad arthritis which he did inherit, but otherwise nothing with cholesteral or heart.
It’s kind of depressing me with Thanksgiving coming up – this was the first year I am making dinner at our house and I feel I can’t make things like stuffing and gravy. I want to be supportive and eat the same things he does, though.
He mentioned to me today “I wonder if I’ll get approved for the insurance” I hadn’t even thought about that!! He does have some through his work which he doesn’t have to go through underwriting for. But it’s not much. We were getting more due to buying a house and having a mortgage. I mean he’s otherwise in good health, and he’s so young, maybe they will just approve him at a higher premium??
Post # 8
I really recommend going on to netflix and watching “forks over knives” it’s very eye opening and informative about how our diet can fix this.