High Cholesterol

..... How To Lower It ....

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19/03/2007 at 15:57
I need your advice.

My mum has been told that she has slightly high cholesterol (I don't know the numbers off hand) and basically she wants to know how to lower it. She eats healthily, lots of fruit and veg, she grills instead of frys etc. Although she is slightly overweight she walks loads.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
19/03/2007 at 16:01
Hi Pavey, I also had high cholesterol, 6.3. Got it down to 4.5 in 6 months. I started to eat the benecol products, I stopped eating eggs, prawns, pastries, yogs, cheese. I am not saying it will def work but it did for me so its worth a try.
Have a look here and it tells you what you can and cannot eat and how much.
Hope that helps Pavey
19/03/2007 at 16:16
Hi Wabo - that's brilliant, I'm not sure what my mum's number is but i know she's a bit worried about it. I've had a look at that website and it's just about their test - am I looking in the wrong place for what she should and shouldn't eat?

19/03/2007 at 16:21
I've also got high cholesterol. 5.? something, I have just tried to cut down on the nice food, like cheese, pasties, no butter in my sandwiches, no mayonaise, no chocolate. Naturally I have not cut these out completely, but I have reduced them.

I have not since then had it checked. I'm not sure how long it takes for a lower cholesterol reading.

I am not overwiegh and have a average/normal BMI, but cholesterol is unrelated to this it would seem. And unrelated to fitness and exercise, altough exercise must help to a degree.

Basically reduce of cut out all the tasty things, which are high in fats :-( which I have failed to do so far.

19/03/2007 at 16:35
19/03/2007 at 16:48
mine is hereditary Colin, my brothers all have had much higher than me, I am the only one to exercise yet still I got it. a b*gger eh?
Agree with you about the food, sometimes I yearn for something naughty to eat, and occasionally do have!
19/03/2007 at 16:49
5.? is NOT a high cholesterol by any means CW...........normal range goes to about 5.5 - high is usually classed over 7

you shouldn't take the cholesterol result in isolation as the risk of developing heart disease is based on many factors not least including what the ratio of HDL cholesterol to total cholesterol is - the higher the better.......and heart problems are often related to such things as smoking, lifestyle (exercise, drinking etc), diabetes, family history (genetics) etc..........there are many many factors that influence

BUT - having a cholesterol around 5 or lower is always better........
19/03/2007 at 16:52
and you can buy over the counter cholseterol lowering drugs

pavey - if the quack was concerned about your mum's cholesterol level they would have recommended some sort of intervention like drugs or diet.........slightly high doesn't sound like something to worry about
19/03/2007 at 16:52
FB is spot on
how much action you take about cholesterol has to be seen in the context of other risk factors
19/03/2007 at 16:53
My cholesterol is 6.2mmol/l, or was when it was last measured about 12 years ago, and I'm not actively trying to lower it.

Cholesterol isn't the final common pathway to heart disease, it is one risk factor and needs to be considered in the context of age, sex, smoking, blood pressure, whether or not you've got diabetes, and family history of heart disease. The ratio of "good " (HDL) to "bad" (LDL, VLDL) cholesterol is also relevant.

Pavey, your mum may be doing enough already :o)
19/03/2007 at 17:00
agree with above, my dad had quad heart bypass and high chol.In my case because the blood pressure was fine the doc let me go away and see what I could do with diet, but he did want to make me take statins with chol of 6.3, simply because of family history.
19/03/2007 at 17:05
didn't I just say what v'rap did??


imho - too many people get wrapped up in their "cholesterol number" - there was a BIG movement called smething like "know your number" some years ago - and forget that it's only one factor - albeit an important one when it gets to dangerous levels (hypercholesterolaemia - genetics influenced)......

in a former life I helped launch one of the very first on the spot cholesterol testing devices (Reflotron - since superceded by other technology) that helped kick start the "know your cholesterol" revolution as it was just at the time that the drug boys were developing the statin drugs so I got heavily involved with Bristol Myers, Squibb, Pfizer etc............they were fun days as at last there was an easy way of testing cholesterol on the spot, quickly and (relatively) cheaply..........

mine used to be 4.6 in those days but curiously I've not had it tested for about 15 years!! I should really get it done but my diet and lifestyle is much better now than it was then......
19/03/2007 at 17:07
you did FB
19/03/2007 at 17:19
I have not been concerned about my 5.? value.
I believe that enjoying life is more important than getting hung up on numbers. Although I was told it was 'slightly higher than average.' so maybe 5.7, but still not high really.

I'm still interested to know how long it would take for a change of diet to be refected in the readings.

PH, you on for Jersey then??

19/03/2007 at 17:20
Colin-oh so, so tempted

I still dont know what i am doing work wise
19/03/2007 at 20:48
can you get your cholesterol tested without seeing your gp?

my gp's a bit of an a%se so don't see him unless i really need to

19/03/2007 at 20:53
why do you want to
20/03/2007 at 09:13
just out of interest really, never had it done b4
20/03/2007 at 09:15
unless you have risk factors or a strong family history of heart disease-its only another thing to worry about
you can have a test in boots-tho that isnt so accurate
or you can pay for a private test
20/03/2007 at 09:18
yes you can get your cholesterol tested without a GP - some branches of Boots were offering this a while ago when one of the cholesterol lowering statin drugs (Zocor) went OTC so it was a sort of tied in promotion.........don't know if Boots still offer it though

you can also get home cholesterol tests - see here - if you want.

there is an issue relating to home tests and that is accuracy - a badly performed test performed by an untrained person can give misleading results so these things are often best done by professionals (labs) or knowledgable individuals............

it's a bit like diabetics doing home glucose tests - done well, they are accurate but so many patients don't do them well so get poor results........

if you're worried about your cholesterol, go see the GP first (even if he/she is an arse) as many clinics now offer well-man/woman clinics that will look at basic health factors like cholesterol and test you for nothing or a small fee.........alternatively get a health screen from BUPA or similar - costs a lot more, but looks at a lot more
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