Crohn's and heart disease?

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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious about something. I have an ileostomy. Because Crohn's can many times affect our ability to process fats and stuff, does that make us less vulnerable to high cholesterol and heart disease. I love the greasiest crap I can get my lips, steaks, cheeses...  and my cholesterol is always just fine.

Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years. Now on Remicade and iron. Feeling like a champ!
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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
No I don't think that is true. I have high blood pressure and take 2 BP meds everyday. I also just had a CT Enterography done recently and it showed plaque in my aortic artery. I have eaten pretty much junk like you until I had my last resection. Now I live on a low residue diet all the time, which makes my diet healthier, but not as healthy as it should be. JMHO
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
there is no link to high cholesterol food and high blood cholesterol. this was pure scare tactic so big pharma could get you hooked on drugs. eliminating high cholesterol food from your diet will decrease your blood cholesterol by like 10% tops. most of the cholesterol in your system is made by your body. it needs cholesterol. your brain needs 2 things - cholesterol and sugar.

high cholesterol is linked (in a lot of cases) to high blood pressure. the best way (imho) and the easiest is to lower both of these is to change your diet. dont do meds cos in most cases you dont need to. they just cause more side effects which require more meds and those meds require more meds. the best thing to do is to reduce or eliminate refined and processed foods and sugars. they cause insulin spikes and that is related to high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol. eat high fiber foods and complex carbohydrates. oatmeal fits in this category and is why you see those claims on television. but get the unsweetened kind. in fact, get rolled or steel cut oats from the bulk section in the health food store and skip the prepackaged junk. two other things to do is drink more water (probably a half gallon per day is a good start) and take a vitamin D supplement (get D3, NOT D2). and stop eating a lot of vegetable oils (especially polyunsaturated ones like corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, etc etc) as these oils promote an imbalance in your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. they are high in omega 6's and diets high in omega 6 EFA promote inflammation. saturated fat is not bad like the food ****'s say (most artery plaque is from mono and polyunsaturated fats - go figure...). oh, a good antioxidant supplement is good too.

but remember, we are all different. some people who have "high" cholesterol may actually be just fine cos there body operates that way. but also, low cholesterol is detrimental to your body too. everything in moderation is a big help. but you also need to know what to eat and what not to eat. do the research and dont rely solely on your doctor or tv or some magazine. they all have an agenda.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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