Originally Posted by Shelley48
Hi please advise me.
My doctor did a finger blood test for cholesterol and it was very high at 7.
So she got the nurse to take a blood test for the lab and it came back high at 6.6
She said she will not treat me now but I must stay off all fats for 3 months and not lift anything heavy. And to walk for a half hour each day. After 3 months she will re-test and see if I need statins.
Also I am NOT overweight and my blood pressure is fine and so is my sugar fine.
Dont have other numbers right now but she said the 'good cholesterol' is low.
Also my thyroid is low as i was hyperthyroid, had treatment and am now underactive (hypothyroid).
Four questions please:
Is 6.6 very high? ?
What foods should I eat and avoid please? ?
Is this 6.6 reading a danger to my heart? ?
What could have caused this since im not over-weight? Could it be my underactive thyroid? ?
I think your doctor made the right decision, you are not too above the high borderline (0.5), so a change of diet and some low intensity cardio workout should do the trick.
OK, now with your questions: Is 6.6 very high?
The desirable number is < 5.1, so no, it is not "very" but is high and you are more into the danger zone than into the safe zone. You don't want to play with your health. What foods should I eat and avoid please? ?
Avoid all saturated fats and anything that brings free cholesterol. Saturated fats are in all type of junk food and fast food, avoid fried stuff and any fat-based dishes (e.g. broth, risotto, wings). Is this 6.6 reading a danger to my heart? ?
Yes. Anything in the high zone is a dangerous for your heart. But in fact it is more dangerous for your arteries. You should read a little more on how high cholesterol affects your health. What could have caused this since im not over-weight? Could it be my underactive thyroid? ?
Being over-weight has nothing to do with having high cholesterol. Diet, exercise and genetics play the important part. Most of cases are diet-driven, you can eat a lot of junk food, do a lot of exercise, be fit but still you are loading your body with bad food and would be likely to develop high cholesterol. But not all, in my case for example it is genetics, so thatís the way I am.