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What's your cholesterol?

I was just wondering what everyone's cholesterol levels are since we're such a healthy bunch.

I'm not vegan, and mine is 115/55. It's not high... but I know I should stop eating ice cream and cheese. What's yours?

I know if I ate a carnivore diet loaded with lots of processed foods I would be dead very soon.
Had high cholesterol and a tad overweight as a vegetarian.
Since I cleaned up my diet in the past year I am curious to see if I am still at risk.
Myself I refused medication when it was recommended I take it and that was three years ago.
Went the holistic route and if that fails then I will try western medicine.

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Thanks to all of you, you are kind. LucidAnne I have refused Statin drugs many times as I see it to be no more than a trade of liver for heart. The HMO I belonged to used to send me registered mail advising me that I would die if i didn't take their drugs.

He didn't say so exactly but I would guess that uzbekjoe is in the same mode. I take responsibility for all medication so maybe I have a fool for a Doctor but at least this way I believe in the process.

"Eat To Live" did discuss foods that increase HDL but I don't recall which ones. If exercise is a problem try doing what ever you can do longer.

Hope you all have a nice TG
dbsnova

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Too high.  I have to take meds.   :-\

I'm with you.  In my family it's hereditary to be extremely high.

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Cholesterol is not what people think. It's a helper patch to injured arteries. Our North American diet tends to injure our arteries by default requiring more patches resulting in Heart Disease. I recently had a 3rd heart attack. My cholesterol is always in the 230 range. Triglycerides however off the chart at 450. My sister put me on a vegan diet for a month and my Cholesterol dropped to 135 and Triglycerides to 150.

I am learning about this way of eating but no egg and cheese is really hard and I’m just not there yet.  I have been reading two books that are loaded with help, “Eat To Live” and “The China Study.” Both books indicate that small deviations to a vegan diet have a huge impact so I'm trying harder.

dbsnova

dbsnova, you're definitely on the right path to healing your heart!

Speaking of the China Study, it mentions that the average cholesterol of the rural Chinese is 127, with some counties averaging lows of 94.  To quote the book (page 78, in italics): Lower blood cholesterol levels are linked to lower rates of heart disease, cancer and other Western diseases, even at levels far below those considered "safe" in the West.

So what are the dangers of having low cholesterol?  I just wiki'ed this out of curiosity, and it says:

Hypocholesterolemia is the presence of abnormally low (hypo-) levels of cholesterol in the blood (-emia). While hypercholesterolemia, the presence of high cholesterol, has been linked strongly with cardiovascular disease, it is much less certain whether low cholesterol levels are intrinsically harmful.

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I am not advocating high cholesterol if that is the impression I left. I believe lower is definitely better. I'm at odds with western medicine over how to get there. My cardiologist understands completely although she would like me to take some small amounts of Statin. I have agreed that if I reverse my numbers or quit making progress that I will but I see no reason to go there when everything is happening naturerally. My blood pressure has dropped from 140/105 to 100/72 all because of diet. I would never advise someone else to follow me as I think it is very personal.

Happy TG
dbsnova

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I had a thyroid test  and cholesterol levels tested at a recent checkup.

My TSA (thyroid) was 265. Normal on a scale of .35-5.50. Thyroid problems run in my family, so she wanted to check. Both my mom and sister take pills every day for it.

Cholesterol total= 120

HDL (good) =59 (high on a scale of 40-59) she says this is from diet and exercise?
LDL (bad)= 56 (low on a scale of 65-130)

I am pretty pleased. I want to research more what the range means...and why I'm off the chart.

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L2A...those are awesome scores and you esstentially have zero chance of getting athersclerosis, one of the top killers in the world.  w00t....

My numbers run low, but haven't had them checked lately.  Last time I think it was in the 130 range, but wasn't a strict veg*n then.  When I was a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian, but mostly vegan (kind of like I am now) my cholesterol was 109.  But that was about 15 years ago.

I'm going for a checkup before year's end and hopefully it will still be good news.

(Another thread with Tess offering such helpful advice, like she always did.....sigh).

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L2A...those are awesome scores and you esstentially have zero chance of getting athersclerosis, one of the top killers in the world.  w00t....

My numbers run low, but haven't had them checked lately.  Last time I think it was in the 130 range, but wasn't a strict veg*n then.  When I was a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian, but mostly vegan (kind of like I am now) my cholesterol was 109.  But that was about 15 years ago.

I'm going for a checkup before year's end and hopefully it will still be good news.

(Another thread with Tess offering such helpful advice, like she always did.....sigh).

Tweety...
The last time I had mine checked- maybe 7-8 years ago, it was 104, however, my HDL was too low (40) and I was told it wasn't a good balance. I wasn't really into exercise then, so I think that has made all the difference. I like that my numbers are improving with age!
130 is pretty darn low!
I know, I saw LA and got all :(

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i cant remember what my number was, but the doctor was like "wow your cholesterol is really low, that's really good" and i was like "yeah cuz im a vegan" and he was like "aw, thats cheating!!" i chuckled. haha

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I just got my results today....mine is 165.  I'm hoping to lower it next year when it's checked again.

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What measurement for cholestrol do you all use over there? Because my numbers look like they are on a completely different system, I can't compare them to anyone's...

eta: Just found it on the net...might do conversions later :)

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What measurement for cholestrol do you all use over there? Because my numbers look like they are on a completely different system, I can't compare them to anyone's...

eta: Just found it on the net...might do conversions later :)

They listed mine a few ways on the paper.

Total = 165
HDL = 48
LDL = 95
CHOL/HDLC ratio = 3.4

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L2A...those are awesome scores and you esstentially have zero chance of getting athersclerosis, one of the top killers in the world.  w00t....

My numbers run low, but haven't had them checked lately.  Last time I think it was in the 130 range, but wasn't a strict veg*n then.  When I was a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian, but mostly vegan (kind of like I am now) my cholesterol was 109.  But that was about 15 years ago.

I'm going for a checkup before year's end and hopefully it will still be good news.

(Another thread with Tess offering such helpful advice, like she always did.....sigh).

Tweety...
The last time I had mine checked- maybe 7-8 years ago, it was 104, however, my HDL was too low (40) and I was told it wasn't a good balance. I wasn't really into exercise then, so I think that has made all the difference. I like that my numbers are improving with age!
130 is pretty darn low!
I know, I saw LA and got all :(

I was told my ratio wasn't that good, but that it might be scewed by the low total number, so the person telling me was a bit dumbfounded.  I've got an appt. in two weeks, so we'll see how the numbers are.

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I had my cholesterol checked when I went to the doctor Tuesday.  It was 143.  I was pretty happy because the last time it was checked was 3 years ago when I was still eating cheese.  It was 170 or 180-something.  I can't remember.  Anyway, I was happy to see the drop. 

On another note, I told my doctor I've been vegan for 2 years and he told me that's great, but I need should watch my iron levels (which he had just told me were good).  I proceeded to tell him that I actually went OFF my iron supplements when I went vegan.  I think it irritated him because he responded by telling me that I need to watch my folic acid because it is absorbed better from meat sources.  Whatevs.  ::)

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I was just wondering what everyone's cholesterol levels are since we're such a healthy bunch.

I'm not vegan, and mine is 115/55. It's not high... but I know I should stop eating ice cream and cheese. What's yours?

Those numbers seem like (normal) blood pressure levels, not cholesterol?

I'm 133, but it could be because I'm almost 1/2 of my life w/o meat. I didnt know of any vegans with high cholesterol. But don't take meds, they will DESTROY your liver. Keep trying with diet and exercise, if you can dream it you can achieve it.

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I had a lipid panel last year (plus another free cholesterol/blood sugar test). My total cholesterol was 145, HDL was 45 (which is kind of on the low end for women, but that's based on a higher expectation for the total... i forget what the ratio was, but it was good). Triglycerides were 63, which is good (I think it's supposed to be below 150?). It's in the regular range for my age though.

I was actually pretty surprised at how decent my cholesterol was, considering I was living on my school's food which often had unnecessary and copious grease in the form of hydrogenated whatnots (e.g., stuff like steamed peas & carrots, broccoli, or brown rice were covered in margarine).

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One very informative book to read which goes more in-depth into the healthy range for cholesterol levels (anything under 150 total is good) is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease- The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure."  If you are vegan and still use a lot of oil/added fats in your foods, this causes your body to produce more cholesterol even though you are not consuming any IN the food.  I try not to use ANY added oils in recipes, which is pretty easy once you get used to it...in baking you can usually substitute applesauce for oil 1:1 and I have found this to work very well.  I don't know what my cholesterol is~~ I should have it checked I am very interested to find out since I have only been vegan for 1 year!

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I check my total cholesterol (TC) every month or so and it stays between 110 and 130mg/dl.  My hdl stays around 25mg/dl, but I am not going to sweat the low hdl because the diet I am on only really cares about keeping TC below 150, and that is one thing I can control easily.

I check lipids myself with CardioChek, which I have found to be an essential part of tracking my diet effectiveness.  It is as accurate as regular lab work, more convenient and cheaper (~$5/test).  It is also a great motivational tool for me because I find it hard to change my eating habits for more than a week or two without knowing if all that "suffering" is doing any good.  That alone is worth every penny I spent for the tester.

Contrary to what I understood from my physician, my lipid profile changes quickly depending on what I have been eating the past few days.  When I first went on the Cadwell B Esselstyn (very low fat vegan) diet, it only took a week for my TC to drop to 120mg/dl, and the next day it dropped to 110mg/dl.  Also, around the time of Valentines Day, it only took a couple of days of eating chocolate for it to go up .

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I had a blood test yesterday.

Cholesterol                                         162 mg/dL  (standard range: <200)
Triglyceride                                          69 mg/dL  (standard range: <150)
HDL                                                     43 mg/dL  (standard range:  >/= 40)
LDL Calculated                                    105 mg/dL  (standard range:  <100)
Cholesterol / High Density Liporotein      3.8           (standard range:  < 4.3)

I need to lower my bad cholesterol by a smidgen, but other than that it looks good.  Way better than the 284 I was as an omni.

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Good job h_h!

To followup the post above, my level was 138 total...my good cholesterol was also low, so my ratio of good to bad isn't optimal.  I wasn't 100% vegan back then and haven't been back to the MD to have it check.  I'm going probably next year around my birthday.  I've gone vegan so it will probably drop a little.

Cholesterol is a good and necessary thing, but our livers make all we need.  (In a healthy liver)

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