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    Old 04-06-2005, 09:50 AM   #1
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    My Cholesterol results...please read.


    I'm new here, but have been a lurker for quite some time. I'm 23 yrs. old and had my cholesterol tested for the first time less than three months ago. All I know from that test is that my total cholesterol was 266. My grandparents on dads side have high cholesterol so I was told this could be genetic. Well since I have changed my diet, started exercising, quit the birth control pill and these are the results I was given today. (test was done last week).

    Total Cholesterol: 226
    LDL: 141
    HDL: didn't get this number
    Trig: 182.

    Any suggestions on what I can do to make it better?? I'm really scared of having a heart attack anyday. I've been told that won't happen but that doesn't seem to be good enough for me. I've been to a cardiologist and had an EKG, stress test and ultrasound of the heart done. Everything came back fine.

    Thanks for looking and for any input!

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    Old 04-06-2005, 10:04 AM   #2
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    Re: My Cholesterol results...please read.

    A lot of people were concerned when I told them that on Atkins you eat fat so you can use it as fuel. They thought I would end up with high cholesterol and have a stroke or heart attack. It is well known that the body will burn glucose (carbs) first because it is simply easier and more accessible. Once the carbs are used up you then burn fat. Problem is if you have an abundance of carbs your body has to burn them first and so very little, if any, fat gets burned for energy. It is easy to see then that carbs are necessary to store fat. Without them fat gets burned up for energy and weight loss is imminent. Pretty easy when you think about it.

    Now, here is the good part. Before I started Atkins my blood work (triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose etc)

    had these readings:

    Overall cholesterol-251 It is now 190

    Triglycerides-235 It is now 72

    LDL (Bad cholesterol)-170 It is now 114

    HDL (Good cholesterol)-48 It is now 62

    Hemoglobin is at 5.8 and PSA is less than 0.1

    My doctor rates me as “Excellent” in all categories and tells me I am putting him out of business. All in all eating fat is fine if you burn it and not store it and Atkins is a great way of burning fat. So, remember, if you want to lose weight and be healthy do Atkins as best you can and be sensible about it. Incidentally, if you exercise you are going to burn more fat and lose weight quicker.

    I have an excercise bike and do 20 miles daily. That is a pretty good workout for me. Most people have a problem with getting the time to excercise. When I didn't have the bike I would walk 2 miles in the AM, 1 mile at lunchtime, and 2 miles when I got off work for a total of 5 miles a day. I started the Atkins in February of 2004 and have lost 65 lbs. to date.

    You do not have to eat saturated fats on Atkins. Try salmon, olives, olive oil, sardines, chicken, almonds etc and you are allowed to eat fruits and vegetables that have low impact on blood sugar. Cauliflower and broccolli are excellent choices for veggies.

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    Re: My Cholesterol results...please read.

    Hi Sarah,

    Your HDL is 49 and overall your numbers aren't too bad with a ratio, TC::HDL, of 4.6.
    Healthiest is a ratio below 4.0 and a little tweaking by either raising the HDL a bit or lowering the total either by getting the triglycerides down with sugar and starch restriction or the LDL down with saturated fat restriction, fiber increase, more fish, canola oil and the like.

    Don't worry though, the numbers are pretty close to OK.

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    Re: My Cholesterol results...please read.

    I agree with Lenin. Your numbers aren't all that bad. You've only been working at making lifestyle changes for three months and you've made some big improvements. Your test results apparently indicate you have no health problems which would make it imperative to get the numbers down fast, so you have the time to continue to learn about how various foods affect you and make additional changes. Some of us are still learning and making further changes after a couple of years.

    Now quit that worrying!

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