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Old 06-20-2001, 08:00 AM   #1
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Very high cholesteral 700

A very close friend of mine recently had a fasting cholesteral test because of a family history of high cholesteral. He is only 23 years old and his cholesteral level was 700. He is not over weight but does have unhealthy eating habits, smokes, and drinks. His doctor put him on medication but did little to educate him on the importance of eating habits or quitting smoking. He knows he should quit but I don't think he realizes how crucial it is that he does. If anyone has any information that could help me convince it PLEASE send it.
Also, about a week after his fasting test he had a finger ***** non-fasting test performed at work that yielded a result of 250. Which test is more accurate and is it possible they could have messed up on one of these tests?

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Old 06-20-2001, 02:44 PM   #2
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Re: Very high cholesteral 700

It certainly seems possible that mistakes were made. I would suggest he does another fasting test.. Have it done by a lab, and have them provide all the numbers..(Hdl, ldl. tri's etc..).
As far as smoking goes, from what I have read it can improve your good cholesterol a bit if you quit, but doesn't do a whole lot for total cholesterol.. Diet, IMO. is much more important...If you read some of the posts on this bb, you may get an idea as far as what some people are doing to control their cholesterol....Cya

 
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Re: Very high cholesteral 700

That is a VERY big difference, so I agree with Bill, have another complete test done to make sure. As far as the smoking, yes, it does raise the cholesterol but not as much as a very bad diet. If your friend wishes to control his numbers I strongly suggest he get on a good diet, take supplements, at least cut back on the ciggs., and definitely exercise. I know there are folks here who can recommend some good books also. JJ

 
Old 06-22-2001, 07:35 AM   #4
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Re: Very high cholesteral 700

Kristen,

There are a couple of things that could be going on here. First, that 700 sounds like a mistake. A new, fasting panel, perhaps at another lab, is in order.
Also, when your friend had the finger stick test, was it a fasting test? Fasting is a bit more reliable.
At to the smoking, BAD MONKEY! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/nono.gif"> Smoking deprives the heart of oxygen and that can lead to a heart attack faster than high cholesterol. Mix the two together, along with high sugar and starch consumption and your friend is mixing a potent cocktail for a cardiac event! And heart attack is not the only "gift" one can get. A debilitating stroke is also a possibility. My father had treated his body the same way since a very young age. Had his first heart attack at age 44. At that point he quit smoking and changed his diet. He never drank much. Had a second attack within two years. But he still ate a lot of sweets and pasta. At age 55, the day after Christmas, he got up in the morning to go to the bathroom and had a massive stroke while standing there. Plus he was alone. My stepmom was an hour's drive away at her mom's. He couldn't get to the phone, and lay there until late that night when his wife came home and found him. He lost the use of his right side and lost his speech. And he has never regained those functions. He now has Parkinson's and is really crippled. He is 73 and has been living this way for almost 20 years!
Pick up a copy of "The Schwarzbein Principle" by Diana Schwarzbein, MD. It gives you alot of info on what is healthy and what to avoid. It is a good starting point.
If your friend could quit smoking and cut the drinking down, it would be a start. I know quitting smoking is a bear...I quit over 2 years ago and it took me 6 months. But I had all that family history to think about and was coughing up brown loogies! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> Nasty! So I was motivated.
Best of luck, <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Nel
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Old 06-22-2001, 03:21 PM   #5
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Re: Very high cholesteral 700

Just one more word on the smoking issue.. He does need to quit eventually..The sooner he does it the easier it will be, However, if his cholesterol is 250 and he smokes and drinks and is 23 yo, doesn't make him a walking heart attack. He's still quite young for that scenario..
I had high cholesterol when I was 23 , and I drank and smoked like mad for 14 yrs after.I smoked for 22 yrs.
As I got older, (37), I have decided to do something about my health and make possitive changes..
I hope he doesn't wait as long as I did..

 
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