Hi there, I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol (7.1) even though I do a lot of exercise - well, over the 2.5 hours per week they recommend, including (getting back into) running and weights/machines/core and cross-training.
I have amended my diet like mad in order to avoid medication - cut out almost all sat fat (and I know about benecol, don't like yog drinks, eating lots of oats and other soluble fibre)
The problem I have is that when I'm training hard for something I rely on mars bars, added cheese on stuff, red meat, for my protein and fuelling. Now I can't have those, how am I going to get enough energy for harder training? I am manaing my everyday calorific needs now after a wobbly start, and losing weight/ belly fat but would like to be able to run strong and long as well as potter about for a few miles!
I don't need info on the background to how they changed the "safe" levels of cholesterol and why they shouldn't put everyone on statins etc (I get that all the time) but if anyone has been through this and come out running fast and long, please share tips!
There are lots of vegan athletes who have enough energy for marathons and Ironman triathlons - you don't need meat and cheese, but as a cheese lover the thought of not having it is really tough.
There are quite a few vegans on this forum so just ask thier advice.
My abnormally high cholesterol level (10 ish) turned out to be due to Hypothyroidism - underactive thyroid... so I was put on statins, as well as thyroxin tablets. Altho my cholesterol level has now dropped to around 4.7 - the doc suggested that I keep taking the statins... so I do....
Thanks for the input everyone - mine is 7.1 so apparently not high enough for the familial thing and my thyroid, liver and kidney function are all fine (tested as well). I am having the HDL/LDL tested next week, then I will really know what I'm up against. Nurse said with all the exercise I take I have prob got high good cholesterol, but I know I was eating a lot of cakes/biscuits/choc so... we'll see.
Good point re vegan runners and will look out for soy beans!
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