Life just got real-cholesterol


Just got back from doc. 409 with an ldl count if 299, the latter being the highest he's ever seen. Stress test the 8th because of chest pains. I'm 37 and my grandpa died at 39 from a heart attack and my other grandpa had one at 42. I'm literally terrified with everyone dropping dead lately. <br><br>I'd like to thank Death and Taxes for his thread that kicked me hard enough in the ass to get a checkup. If anyone is putting off a checkup, don't. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Do you eat like shit?  I know genetics is a factor, but that's crazy high

What was your HDL? What were your triglycerides?

At any rate, your LDL is scary. Clean up your diet ASAP. Listen to your doc. Best wishes, man.

Familial hypercholesterolemia

Its genetics. I eat good to above average. I'm going on Lipitor. I'm going to have to clean it up more though. Not sure how yet, its just sinking in. Advice would be appreciated from those in the know. Phone Post

HDL was 72 and my tri's were below 100, neither of those are the problem. Phone Post

Fuck man, that sucks, good luck

i fucking went to the dentist at the age of 38.

they've started doing blood pressure tests now.
I found out my blood pressure was on the verge of being "very high" and that they almost weren't allowed to clean my teeth because of it.

After that eye opener I started watching my diet a lot more, kicked it up in exercise and turned that shit around in very short order.

Whoa your HDL was 72? Man I don't get cholesterol. My HDL was 84 when I got my bloodwork done a couple months ago. What's the difference between HDL and total and LDL?

i don't know anything about cholesterol counts...but the "DASH Diet" and tracking everything through myfitness pal was a big part of me turning my own situation around.

Look at HDL as good cholesterol, for our discussion, and LDL as bad.

72 is good HDL, but not in the context of your LDL and total cholesterol.

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Doc should have started you on a sample of lipitor in the office. Also check into aspirin therapy. Your diet needs to be very low in sat fat and high in fiber. Id start on a fiber sup like psylium husk asap. Eat lean red meat only once a week. The rest of the time eat lean poultry and fish. Up your intake of garlic and fish oil. Limit alcohol. Dont smoke. Start exercising slowly and lose any excess fat you may be carrying. You can turn it around.

I used to eat pretty much whatever I wanted and just worked out to compensate

I was supposed to go on meds for my cholesterol after getting a check up

I refused and just started having green shakes(kale, chard, baby spinach, etc)... sounds corny but it worked. I was horrible with eating veges before and really just cared about getting enough protein.

I forget what my numbers were exactly but I dropped mine more than 40points and doc said I didn't need meds.


Ham and Egger - Doc should have started you on a sample of lipitor in the office. Also check into aspirin therapy. Your diet needs to be very low in sat fat and high in fiber. Id start on a fiber sup like psylium husk asap. Eat lean red meat only once a week. The rest of the time eat lean poultry and fish. Up your intake of garlic and fish oil. Limit alcohol. Dont smoke. Start exercising slowly and lose any excess fat you may be carrying. You can turn it around.

Good read. I've packed on 20 since I quit smoking in January. I'm gonna get back to the gym after my stress test. absolutely no working out till then. limiting alcohol is the big one. I drink like a fish. I just can't leave my kids without their dad. I'm having a panic attack right now, and my overall stress level is through the roof Phone Post

beerbelly - Its genetics. I eat good to above average. I'm going on Lipitor. I'm going to have to clean it up more though. Not sure how yet, its just sinking in. Advice would be appreciated from those in the know. Phone Post

Lot of people who think they eat good actually eat like shit. Post you typical day? Phone Post

drinking throws off the triglycerides IIRC

your body is processing the alcohol and not the fat in your diet

you need to stop drinking for at least a week prior to the test

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This guy has some interesting studies.

Interesting, thanks. I'll look more into this later. Phone Post

yeah... that article was blown to shreds already

all dudes end up with prostate problems eventually if you get old enough

jude099 - weren't Omega-3 acids recently implicated in Prostate tumor growth?

Im not too worried about that particular study. Real world results arent jiving with it. If everything theyre saying about fish was true Japanese people would all have prostate cancer and theyd all be mad as hatters from mercury.

I have a completely unqualified hunch that you can get this under control with the right changes.

Whatever the particulars of your diet end up being start increasing your fruit/veggie/whole grain intake asap. Eat a lot of that.

Start some basic exercise. Even just walking.