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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart


11/25/2015 11:10:15 AM

Dietary cholesterol and dietary fat do not raise the cholesterol levels. This was affirmed with a publication 1-2 months ago, and finally recognized by the USDA. Dietary processed carbohydrates have been shown to raise average blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Dietary sugar is toxic. A diet centered around whole foods: ( did it grow that way, get picked that way, get fished that way, or come from the butcher that way, and by the way, if animal protein, is it 100% grass fed and finished?), is most likely the better way to go.
10/26/2015 6:40:15 PM

Having just survived a heart attack, I would advise anyone reading this article to consult their cardiologist or physician for suggested amounts of cholesterol, sodium, etc to include in your diet. I would also not agree with everyone who posted here who says that dietary cholesterol may not be so bad. While that may be true for some people, those most at risk for heart attacks need to be aware of everything they can do to avoid a heart attack, and limiting dietary cholesterol is one of them. Knowledge is power here folks, and though it sounds nice to hear encouragement that it's fine to go crazy and eat all the fats you want, that's simply not true, and not good for our hearts or our waistlines.
10/5/2015 1:06:56 PM

HARM99ONY's SparkPage
My cholesterol has always been normal. I think I must've lost my weight before having to worry about that.
9/26/2015 7:15:58 AM

DV_IN_NE's SparkPage
I had high cholesterol (hello genetics and horrific lifestyle choices), and I am allergic to all cholesterol lowering medications. Faced with zero other options, I truly embarked on the train to wellness. Prior to this, I had lost some weight, tweaked my diet some, and went to yoga three times a week. Popping a statin was the primary way I brought my cholesterol down and kept all my numbers in line. Realization finally hit that I will forever be the only way numbers to keep my numbers in line. Reeducation on diet was clutch...I am not a vegetarian, but I eat so much fish, chicken, and turkey that I swear I might grow feathers, cluck, and breathe through gills. Adding fiber was key, especially the water soluble kinds...oatmeal (sometimes in the form of Cheerios), and ground milled flaxseeds are staples. Lastly, exercise has become significantly different. Heart pounding cardio (I have fake knees and am mindful of impact) and strength training are regularly part of my workouts. One day I just decided no more excuses, bad attitude, nor ignorance on the subject matter...I haven't looked back, nor am I what I once was. I do not remotely look or feel like the same person, and my "numbers" (excluding BMI, still working on that one) are terrific. It didn't happen overnight, yet this will be how I live for the rest of my life.
9/25/2015 10:19:28 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
I understand these are all good suggestions but what does salt have to do with lowering cholesterol?
9/25/2015 11:20:41 AM

SANDALWOOD108's SparkPage
I was obese all of my life. Now all of my lipids are in the perfect range by following a low carb (not no carb) diet and lifestyle. I feel so much better, especially if I avoid wheat.
9/25/2015 11:15:29 AM

SANDALWOOD108's SparkPage
"As recently as 2010, US dietary guidelines described cholesterol-rich foods as "foods and food components to reduce."1 They advised people to eat less than 300 milligrams (mg) per day, despite mounting evidence that dietary cholesterol has very little to do with cholesterol levels in your body.

Now, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has done a complete about-face. They are finally acknowledging what the science shows, which is that "cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."2

This latter statement, which came from a DGAC meeting, is expected to change the books, so to speak, when it comes to dietary cholesterol recommendations in the soon-to-be-released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans".
8/27/2015 11:30:56 PM

Yup. This article needs some crucial updating. Apparently Spark management isn't reading comments.
I am genetically predisposed to very high cholesterol. Started taking statins in my early 40s when I weighed 120. Having taken different ones over the years but, because my numbers won't go down as far the doctor wants, I was put on Lipitor, again. It does a great job bringing blood levels down. BUT, at 66, the side effects (muscle pain) were nearly totally immobilizing . Stopped taking it, within 3 days I felt 100% better. I'm thinking I not taking anymore statins, ever.
For me, the best cholesterol lowering strategy is consistent exercise, attention to my diet and a doctor that understands the dynamics of cholesterol, LDL, HDL, statins, and genetics.
Good luck to us.
7/17/2015 6:35:47 PM

JDHAPPY's SparkPage
I wish sites like this would keep up with the times and scientific evidence. Fat in the diet does not affect cholesterol. It's the high carb and sugar that causes inflammation in the body including the walls of the arteries. When this happens cholesterol is released to try to repair the damage the the cholesterol numbers rise. Statins are horrendous on the liver and can cause all sorts of other maladies. The FDA food pyramid is a killer for people with diabetes and high cholesterol. No one should be eating 50%-60% carbs or more in their diet. Avocados, olive oil, (which are fats) are great for cholesterol. Also a SOLUBLE fiber that soaks up cholesterol in the gut. It's next to impossible to get all the soluble fiber from food. There's a huge difference between soluble and insoluble fiber and most people do not know the difference.
5/9/2015 10:25:54 AM

Diagnosed with very high cholesterol yesterday. Doctor was willing to give me 90 days to see if lifestyle changes can lower. Already a vegetarian, almost vegan, so not too much opptortunity there.

I don't eat fish so added omega 3 caps. May consider eating fish if necessary.

Has anyone on here been successful with lowering their cholesterol by increasing oats, barley, apples, spinach and other nutrient dense veggies, citrus, avocados, nuts, etc. ?
4/13/2015 3:59:37 PM

This article needs an update badly. According to the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidlines cholesterol in foods does not raise blood cholesterol.
9/1/2014 7:11:07 AM

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8/28/2014 10:16:43 AM

Btw, I took a statin for years, as my cholesterol was very high and my numbers were not in a healthy ratio. It drastically brought my total cholesterol down, and I had no ill effects. As I was taking the lowest available dosage of the drug (10mg), I asked my MD if I could come off the meds for a while to see if I could control things with an improved diet and weight loss. I personally would take the statin again if the need arose.
8/28/2014 10:11:54 AM

I didn't read all the responses, but agreed with most I did read -- fat is not the main problem, simple carbs are. The SAD is replete with an overabundance of sugar, and sugar seems to be the major culprit in a myriad of diseases. Cholesterol is necessary for us to properly function; it's a problem only when it's deposited on the artery walls, inhibiting blood flow, and current science attributes that to particular types of cholesterol. Keep your HDL high and your LDL low. I'm disappointed in the information presented in the article.
8/28/2014 7:56:43 AM

ELSEEBEE's SparkPage
As many others have pointed out, there is so much misinformation in this article. I suggest anyone with high cholesterol talk to more than one doctor and do some research. Many doctors are not up on the latest research and are going on what they learned in med school 20-30 years ago.

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