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Old 11-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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My Cholestorol Story

Dear all ,
Here are my cholestrol history and my story of high cholestorol and attempts to control.
and some questions that I would appreciate someone with experience and expertise could answer:

Lipid Profile June 2007...when aged 35


Total Cholestorol= 235
HDL= 32
LDL= 166
Triglycerides= 174

--For 5 years sicne the above test I had no control on eating.....fatty foods, fast food, sweets, chocklates,cakes eggs, deep fried.....basically good life and no hold bars on eating.

--I don't smoke, drink ocassionally...2 to 3 times a month a few beers or a glass or 2 of red wine

--BP and Blood sugar normal

--body weight about 74Kgs then, height 170cm

--running / jogging about 3 to 4 times per week

Turned 40 and decided to check the consequences of giving myself the license for good life and
Sep 18th 2012 following was the lipid profile:


Total Cholestorol= 261
Triglycerides= 195

body weight 76kgs

Shock..fear..but a realization what you eat is what shows in the blood tests:

--cut out sweets, cakes, choclates, eggs, deep frie food, Mc Donalds fries type stuff completey...also avoided chips, pacaged food completely.

--did eat still non fatty sweets, a lot of fruits, normal carbohydrate rich diet including bread / pasta / rice and rice based diets with chicken and vegetables cooked in low/moderate oil contents

--added eating some nuts / garlics/ whole wheat breads, fibrous vegetables / red rice ( tasted yucky) to daily diet

--included supplement herbal guggulu one capsule daily

--running 25 minutes daily at 5to 6 times a week at average 8kms/hr


October 4th, 2012 Result

Total Cholestorol= 204.6
HDL= 33.4
LDL= 133.7

Body weight 72 kilos

22% reduction in total cholestorol

Breathed a sigh of relief...relaxed a bit...

Continued followign all the routines as started as of Sep 18th but also added Omega3 concentrate capsule one daily.

allowed myself a slice of pizza about 2 times a month.


Got another test done today 27th Nov 2012

Total Cholestorol= 208.4
HDL= 39.06
LDL= 139.8
Trigllycerides = 148.8

Body weight 70.5 kgs


--Is reading 4 better than reading 3..because the HDL has increased by 20% and all the ratios are looking more favourable putting me in the moderate risk category

--the diffrence between 3rd and 4th reading shows triglycerides dropped and HDL that a known correlation.

--any suggestions on how to continue to increase the HDL ?


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Old 11-27-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: My Cholestorol Story

no expert, but my understanding is that red rice is merely a statin, so it likely contributed to lowering your cholesterol significantly. Great work though!

Niacin raises HDL though need 1-2 grams/day to achieve big gains. Whether these gains actually improve disease risk is debatable. Some say moderate alcohol consumption raises HDL as well.

Did you have evidence of impaired glucose tolerance/insulin resistance? If so, then a drop in tris may correspond to an increase in HDL.

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