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chinook146 03-14-2017 10:58 AM

Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions is a little of my backstory.

Last summer I had my levels checked and at the time:
Age: 43
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 217
TC: 332
LDL: 223
HDL: 63
Triglycerides: 226
Glucose: 85
RHR: 71
BP: 130/100

I knew I was in bad physical shape & didn't eat well, so I started exercising 4-6 days a week and started eating better (not perfect, but much better). About 2 weeks ago got re-checked:

Weight: 168
TC: 304
LDL: 214
HDL: 58
Triglycerides: 157
RHR: 58
BP: 102/70

I was slightly disheartened since I expected to be much better (especially HDL).

1. How concerned should I be over these numbers?
2. I began taking plant sterols (cholestoff), red yeast rice (with CoQ10), and fish oil supplements about a week ago. Is this a good plan and/or anything else I should try?
3. I'll continue to try and improve diet, but there is soooo much information out there on what is good for you in theory. Less red/fatty meat? Less sugar? More fish? What are some good resources for the best diet info?

Thanks in advance!!

movielover40 03-14-2017 01:39 PM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Your numbers are much better.

Exercise is good for increasing the HDL numbers.

Your on a great track here.

Keep it up. Blood pressure is excellent.

Titchou 03-14-2017 04:00 PM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Take a look at the Mediterranean diet. It should help.

rebecca70 03-14-2017 09:11 PM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Red yeast rice and policosinal should help normalize your numbers. Give it time as supplements are not meds.

Home937 04-13-2017 01:02 PM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Total is 304 is considered high.. Also if you have high blood pressure, you'd better watch out. and the doctor should prescribe you some medicine. As for me, because I am at border line and 220 and blood pressure is normal, the doctor said to me to watch out for my diet. It has been 2 , 3 years, I did not need to take any medication. However, I want my numbers lower too. So, I am taking supplements. lower few points each year.. but not enough.. switching supplements.. will find out later.. and post it if the result is good..

chinook146 06-06-2018 09:11 AM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Just an update with more questions lol. It's been over a year now and I've continued to exercise and eat healthier. Had my numbers rechecked today:

TC: 244
HDL: 83
LDL: 143
Tri: 88
BP: 112/68
RHR: 48

So, improved from a year ago. Should I be concerned about high LDL in this case? Honestly, I've lost about 70 lbs in the last 1.5 years, and now training for a marathon (wife thinks I'm insane now), & eating pretty healthy...not sure what else to do if anything.


tess201 06-06-2018 06:30 PM

Re: Newbie with High Cholesterol Questions
Wow! Amazing change in your numbers and they all look good. Your high HDL offsets the LDL so your overall ratio is low. B/P excellent.



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