How to Lower genetically high cholesterol?

I have genetically high cholesterol. it’s near 300 I think. I’ve dropped soda, fast food, fried food, beef, ham, dessert, and candy and snack food altogether from my diet but my cholesterol levels only dropped 10 points! I work out almost everyday and bike to work. I should probably start medication but I’ve heard about the damage that can cause and I’m not ready to get on to any hard meds. I’m only 22! Any thoughts, guys? I’d appreciate some help.

6 comments

  • tammy p

    This is my diet and my cholesterol went down-YES!

    for snacking
    I take coolwhip and add goodies like peanuts, almonds, walnuts that lower cholesterol and then freeze it- and i switched to fat-free cholesterol free smart balance, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc…

    and i eat the pop smart cholesterol free single serve popcorn

    meals-
    for dinner I eat chicken

    and I make a 7-10 multi bean chili and add oats that actually work well- oats lower cholesterol and so do so many dry beans.
    becareful of instant oatmeal tho- all the extras in it can raise bad cholesterol levels

    drinks- skim milk, and any thing that has no cholesterol in it

    I even use smart balance other products and drink skim milk etc…
    my cholesterol went down 16 points in 5 months
    and I cut down on snaking and am losing about 2/3 lbs a week

    and for cheese- most fat-free are so ver gross- so try the lower-fat kinds

    and exercises help lower some fat &cholesterol- but mostly diet lowers cholesterol- exercise helps but you have to diet to do it and it’s easy to diet too now days because almost all dairy has fat-free- I buy fat-free/cholesterol free cottage cheese, cream cheese, coolwhip to make a frozen dessert-so yummy), etc…

    the facts are that oats, dry beans and certain nuts lower cholesterol- i always keep them well-stocked

  • Sounds like you’re doing all the right things. At this point there isn’t much else you can do to lower your cholesterol. See you’re doctor and start taking the simvastatins. They will monitor your lab values for side effects.
    Better to control you’re cholesterol now than have a heart attack in your future, right?

  • Angeleyes

    Well if you say that you have that high a cholesterol…then you must be experiencing chest discomfort at night(when asleep)…it gets so bad that you cannot sleep…get nightmares…
    Well if you have genetically high cholesterol, then you might be having high sugar as well (no not diabetes), which leads to high triglycerides, hence the high over all cholesterol. It is very tough to control high triglyceride levels, not impossible. But easier to lower your LDL and overall cholesterol levels.Start by eating good fats…MUFAs….(monounsaturated fatty acids) found in avocados, almonds, walnuts, etc. Delete your fat intake….not decrease it…for example avoid ice cream instead of eating low fat ones.
    No you would not need to switch to cholesterol medication right away.There are other medications (no wonder berries)…When you go to the Dr he will first put you on fish oil…then switch/increase or alternate your meds with fish oil/metformin before he finally gives up and issues cholesterol meds for you…which is rare if you follow the right diet, exercise and eat your meds religiously regular.I have been lowering my genetically high cholesterol since last 15 months…and the Dr hasn’t started me on cholesterol meds, not yet because she’s hopeful. It is difficult initially but the numbers will decrease if you constantly continue your regimen. My numbers were very high too…like in 300s and weren’t reducing…but suddenly they began reducing after like 3 months of eating right, exercising, fish oil and metformin.
    I am prediabetic(genetically…so thats how I got the high cholesterol)…so I would be on the metformin forever.Metformin helps with how the lipids are handled by your liver and also controls the extra sugar released by it.

    Follow these steps:
    1. Get your sugar tested with tests for one of the following: Impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)
    2. You will get referred to a diabetes specialist after that(this is important because this Dr can handle your case better, rather than give you cholesterol meds directly)
    3.Ask to be put on metformin, fish oil first if your Dr does not put you on it by himself.

    Exercise regularly…burn your calories on tread climber.

    Eat apples if you crave sugar….avoid raisins,grapes, ready made juices,potatoes,pasta(anything with white flour). Eat less of cherries,figs,mangoes.
    Make home food so you can use olive oil in cooking, use a tea spoon of oil when you cook, avoid butter,avoid bread because it contains butter, drain your rice when you cook it.I had started making whole wheat tortillas at home to avoid the butter and refined wheat present even in whole wheat breads (you get whole wheat flour at any Indian store and will find directions of cooking on it…just dont add the oil). Always eat almonds everyday.Eat whole grains.Eat oats (cooked or in any form but without sugar) every single day for breakfast.Avoid breakfast cereals of any kind.Have 2% or low fat milk.
    And since it is genetic…make it a way of your life.

  • gangadharan nair

    A diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat and rich in unsaturated fat diet may help to control LDL levels. Eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, which includes cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fish, vegetables, poultry, and egg whites. Use monounsaturated oils such as olive, peanut, and canola oils or polyunsaturated oils such as corn, safflower, soy, sunflower, cottonseed, and soybean oils. Avoid foods with excess fat in them such as meat (especially liver and fatty meat), egg yolks, whole milk, cream, butter, shortening, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, olives, potato chips, coconut, cheese (other than cottage cheese), coconut oil, palm oil, and fried foods.
    Counseling is an option for those who have a family history of this condition, particularly if both parents carry the defective gene.

  • LisaNelsonRD

    Hi Nick,

    I recommend discussing a comprehensive lipid panel with your physician. This will help clearly identify which LDL or HDL particles are the issue and what steps you need to take to be most effective at lowering your levels.

    All the best,
    Lisa Nelson RD
    How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps – http://www.lisanelsonrd.com/howtolowercholesterol.html

  • Anthony

    Nick,

    Many people are prescribed synthetic medication to help reduce their high cholesterol. In response to soaring rates of high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, the pharmaceutical companies have produced a class of drugs.

    The five major types of conventional cholesterol-lowering medicines are:

    Statins
    Ezetimibe
    Bile Acid Sequestrants
    Nicotinic Acid
    Fibrates
    Statins have a one dimensional effect of reducing the body’s ability to synthesize cholesterol. They do not, however, distinguish between the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and can also reduce levels of Co-enzyme Q10 and L-carnitine, two very important molecules which are involved in energy production and fat metabolism.

    Myalgia and even stomach, lung and liver tumors have also been associated with the use of these drugs. It is very important that people who are taking prescription medication for high cholesterol be regularly monitored by their doctor.

    The good news is that high cholesterol can be well controlled by combining a healthy lifestyle with the correct medical treatment. Treatment can include synthetic prescription medication, natural remedies or a combination of both.

    Research has demonstrated that a combination of natural remedies, regular exercise and dietary changes can make a significant difference to LDL levels and reduce or even eliminate the need for prescription drugs.

    Natural ingredients such as Rooibos, Gugulipid and Red Yeast Rice are well known for their beneficial properties of reducing levels of LDL (‘bad’) and triglyceride, while increasing the levels of protective HDL cholesterol. With a few life-style changes and a little help from nature, cholesterol levels can be well managed.

    Read more on http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/l/lipiddisorders.htm for dietary recommendations as well

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