I went for my physical two weeks ago. You know, the blood, the EKG, the pap test and all of that stuff. I was wheezing then but not badly.
I went back today for other stuff and my results. My wheezing is way worse and I have bronchitis. My Doctor gave me an inhaler and I am now on antibiotics.
My pap test was fine, my iron is good, my B12 is low but in the normal range. It should be higher because I don't absorb B12 and am supposed to go for monthly shots but I sort of don't. I go every three or so months. She said my B12 should be much higher considering I get the shots. I reminded her I don't actually go monthly. So I have promised I will start making a valiant effort to go every month.
What was distressing is my cholesterol has always been better than good. This time it wasn't. My bad stuff is high and my good stuff is low. Not dangerously but none the less, this is a first in history for me. My doctor was upset considering I am vegetarian. High cholesterol does not run in my family. Thank goodness, as I am the only veggie! I am ovo-lacto though. In the last year and a half since my last physical, I have not changed my cheese or dairy intake.
I have been hugely stressed in the last year and a half, have not exercised much and have skipped meals and not gotten proper rest. The rest part due to no bedroom and stuff.
I guess I am asking, do any of you have high cholesterol? How have you remedied it? I am still going to eat cheese and eggs. I hate milk so only basically put it in cereal and I rarely eat cereal. I love soy milk but only chocolate and I am not sure how yummy that is on cereal.
As for the cheese and eggs, I am not on that part of the path to quit them yet. I buy free range organic eggs and as for cheese, I just buy it. At some point, I may be able to go on the no eggs and cheese path but I am doing the best I can with no meat, poultry, and fish.
I will cut down on cheese. I really don't eat many eggs any more. Way less than when I had great cholesterol.
She is not panicked because I am still in the OK range but high OK. She told me to start exercising!
I will once the bronchitis is gone because it is not a good idea to do serious exercise with a chest infection.
I have been getting lectures from three of my good friends and my BF about taking better care of myself and I know what they are saying is true. Hard to do when it has been to close to a year since my home has been ripped up and still is not finished, have tended to Isabela dying and Cali being very ill for several months. I do tend to skip some meals. Get no more than 3 or 4 hours sleep a night and have sort of just been a stressed lazy lump for quite some time.
Help!!!!! Are there certain foods you know that lower cholesterol? Of course I will have to google on the subject but I was highly distressed today when I got the results.
OH, please don't say oatmeal or porridge are great cholesterol lowering foods. I gag when trying them and I do keep trying.
Thanking you all in advance.
P.S. I don't know if the Canadian standards are the same as the rest of the world because different labs have different numbers that are healthy or not.
My cholesterol was 5.25
HDL (the good one) is 2.35 and my LDL (the bad one) is 2.58
sorry to hear that it is up. part of it might be the lack of working out but you've been sick (so it sounds!). once you feel better, you can get back on that wagon.
you want your good cholesterol to be higher. working out will help that. do you eat transfats? those aren't good on the HDL. i goggled "increase good cholesterol" and a lot of pages came up. eating healthy fats will also help it-- olive oil, avocados, etc. mine was in the low 40 (ha ha! US measurement) which is low... i need to get it up.
i googled for decreasing the bad and got a lot of "drugs" >:( ??? blah!! you said you were cutting back on cheese and that you didn't eat a lot of eggs so this might be harder... you don't have a lot of diet-sourced cholesterol going in that you can cut out.
i know you don't want oatmeal or porridge, but there are other things with the insoluble fiber in them (which is why they are good). i saw a metimuceal commercial today that was toting that drinking the stuff would lower cholesterol. however, i'm sure that stuff is harder to get down than oatmeal! how about some oatmeal cookies?
these are really good and don't have added junk! i like just the bananas with the oatflour-- they taste like little banana bread bites. some nuts in there would also be good and tasty. cookies fix everything. lots of fiber in those, esp. if you add some nuts.
A friend of mine, who works out all the time (but doesn't eat quite that well), has high cholesterol, and her doctor said it might be because she limits her fat intake so much. She doesn't eat any meat except fish and eats eggs and dairy, but she always buys "fat free" everything and never uses oils in anything. She doesn't eat nuts/nut butters, etc. So, her saturated fat intake is probably much higher than her unsaturated fat intake, and saturated fat plays a large role in cholesterol production.
So, as baypuppy said, you'll want to increase your intake of "good" fats. The Mayo Clinic website lists a few other foods that you can eat to lower cholesterol (such as soy and flax for omega 3).
I thought it was proven that the human body doesn't absorb the cholesterol from eggs. So if you don't eat many that shouldn't be a problem--and if we don't absorb it, even if you do.
The exercise factor is important but obviously that's on hold for now. And the smoking factor doesn't help, if you're still struggling with that. I do know that over here in Spain the first thing doctors ask if your cholesterol is up is, "Do you smoke?" and tell people who do they need to quit. I don't know what the exact relationship is.
How is your battle against the major tobacco companies in your bloodstream going? ;)
Hi Di,I didn't think that smoking could raise LDL but I found this doing a quick search. I don't know who the author is or who they represent, so it has to be taken with a grain of salt......no, no salt, not good, raises blood pressure ;D
I have copied part of the article...
"The fact that smoking causes problems for the heart arteries is not surprising when you consider that smoking has been demonstrated to:
* Increase bad (LDL) cholesterol
* Lower good (HDL) cholesterol
* Increases insulin resistance
* Cigarettes are loaded with "free radicals" which "oxidize" the LDL cholesterol. Oxidized LDL is the very worst type of cholesterol.
* Directly accelerate the progression of the atherosclerotic plaque.
* Increase the heart rate and the blood pressure
* Increase fibrinogen, a protein involved in the formation of clots
* Increase the "stickiness" of platelets, the blood elements involved in clotting
* Impairs the responsiveness of the cells lining the blood vessels.
* Makes the carotid arteries thicker and other arteries stiffer.
* Causes spasm of the heart arteries."
When you are at your doctors again, talk to her about this & she can help you with a nicotine replacement therapy. It was the ONLY way that I could quit smoking.
Good luck to you :)
Di, I'll make a deal with you. You quit smoking and I will quit taking OTC sleeping meds, like Unisom etc. It's just become a mental habit--"if I don't take that what if I can't sleep?" Last night I took some melatonin and had the wierdest dream about me keeping Queen Elisabeth safe from the papparazzi!! I'm not British, so what the hey!! :D
It's not much to offer, but if you quit smoking, I'll quit eating chips and salsa! Sometimes I can go through an entire day without eating anything else, and that must be bad for me...
What about this... you are not allowed to think about me unless you are having a smoke-free kiss! ;)
Seriously, I am glad that you are trying to turn a bad thing (your cholesterol) into a good thing (motivation to quit), and I really hope this is the fuel that you need. I really will give up chips and salsa though--anything to help you quit!
From Allen Carr's The Easyway to Quite Smoking
"Smokers tend to think of the health hazard as a hit-and-miss affair, like stepping on a mine. Get it into your head: it is already happening. Every time you puff on a cigarette you are breathing cancer-triggering tars into you lungs, and cancer is by no means the worst of the killer diseases that cigarettes cause or contribute to....
It is amazing how the fear of the horrendous health risks attached to smoking is overshadowed by the fear of stopping. It's not so much that the latter fear is greater, but that if we quit today the fear is immediate, whereas the fear of contracting lung cancer is a fear of the future. Why look at the black side? Perhaps it won't happen. I'm bound to have quit by then anyway."
Di, I'm still struggling with smoking. I do smoke less, whatever that means but, I've given myself an excuse to smoke if we're out for a beer or cocktails. So naturally, I started scheduling casual business meetings over drinks, just so I could smoke. :-\ So now I'm getting fat... nice.
Don't deprive your body of the anti-biotics that it needs just to punish yourself for causing this, you'll need clear lungs. Keep quitting; every morning, if you have to.
Ovo-lacto veggies can easily turn into little cheese balls...high in fat, cholesterol and gluey casein.
Now, I am NOT dissing you about being an ovo-lacto, you do what is right for you. I will say that having been ovo-lacto for years, it is easy to get locked into using that for your protein rather than beans, TSP and tofu. We were also rather neglectful of grains like quinoa and brown rices when we were ovo-lacto.
Triglycerides also tell part of the cholesterol story. Sure, they increase with fat intake, but they also increase in the face of high carbohydrate (white foods like bread and pasta) intake as well. If your triglycerides were 400 or something, you can seek to reduce them and help your cholesterol too. You focus on whole grains and beans to do this. These low carb diets that all these meaters do is not exactly healthy, although it will decrease triglycerides. I used to be a really low carb freak. My last triglycerides were 76, down from when I was 18 and they were 384! My homeopath said that if I was having brain fog (which I was) I needed to add whole grains back into my diet and up my triglycerides closer to 100.
THe other thing is that cholesterol has a lot to do with genetics too and whether your not your mom breastfed you and for how long. This is to say, it not all your eating habits.
You might adopt the habit that some meaters do in having a vegetarian meal twice a week and have a vegan meal two nights a week. Not be a vegan, but venture into it a bit. That is how I began towards veganism and after about 3 weeks of doing that I just gave up the eggs (I am allergic to dairy, have not had it in years). That might be a less painful way to reduce your cheese intake.
di, in terms of smoking, the biggest risk is that it oxidizes your LDL (which you have an increased amount of) and that is what forms plaques in your arteries. not only that but smoking vasoconstricts your arteries (so you have less of a diameter for the blood to flow through) AND the carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin instead of oxygen making your body produce too many red blood cells, also increasing the risk of clots. having high cholesterol and smoking is definitely something you don't want to do.
in order to raise your HDL the things that are thought t improve it are moderate alcohol consumption (a glass of red wine a day?), moderate exercise (~45 minutes 4x/week), eat monounsaturated fats (it's controversial but they think these might both lower LDL and increase HDL), eat polyunsaturated fats (which unfortunately the main one in our diet is omega 6 which lowers HDL but also lowers LDL more than monounsaturated fats... omega 3's lower blood triglycerides and reduce risk of heart disease!), and cutting out trans fats are a few of the ways... it isn't easy!
to decrease LDL one of the MAJOR factors is saturated fats(besides stearic acid..which i THINK is the saturated fat found in milk?). dietary cholesterol is bad, as well, but in general saturated fats are worse because they make your cells less capable of taking up the cholesterol for use (keeping it in the bloodstream..which what leads to heart disease). also, increase your fiber intake.. it helps the cholesterol that usually gets recycled be excreted in the feces :). the best thing to do is cut down on saturated fat and cholesterol and do the things to increase your HDL.
i am not sure exactly what your serum cholesterol values mean because they are different in the states than canada but it looks like your LDL isn't much higher than your HDL, which is great!
It is because I am smoking again that I have bronchitis and if I find out it is the reason for the bad cholesterol, I will be shamed.
Shame is a great motivator!!
Good luck, Di.
For Di & all smokers looking for motivation to quit: