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AngelTT
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   Posted 7/1/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 34, not overweight. I developed high blood pressure last year when I gained weight on Prednisone. I've since lost the weight and my BP went down so I got off the meds. However, lately it has been elevated for whatever reason.  Due to genetics I just got my cholesterol level back and it's 299. Yes, 299. I am feeling like a walking time bomb right about now. My "good" cholesterol is pretty high also so that is the silver lining. Anyway, I am trying to do what I can to do my part in lowering my cholesterol before I have to get on medication. I exercise and I do eat healthy. I am trying to get away from frozen meals like Lean Cuisine and such b/c they are processed and high in sodium. I've been limited on veggies admittedly b/c I am in a flare and I'm terrified to eat a lot of my favorite things. So while I am trying to eat to keep my colon happy, I need to try to eat to lower my cholesterol. And for fun I'm also hypoglycemic so I have to have a decent amount of protein, limited carbs and sugar, and eat every four hours. And low sodium b/c of my blood pressure. I know this is not the end of the world but I had to rant. I walked around the grocery store this evening like a zombie. "Oh that might work..no, that is high in sodium.."  I do have a question though - has anyone tried the veggie "meats"? I'm assuming they are soy-based and would kill my colon but maybe not? *sigh* eyes   If you've read this far, thanks for listening. Things really aren't that bad but ranting does make me feel a ton better!!! tongue
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!


seconder
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   Posted 7/1/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   

You don't necessarily have to be overweight to have high blood pressure and cholesterol.  As you found out.  A few things that may help:

--  It's not so much high sodium that's a problem with high blood pressure.  (True salt sensitive people are uncommon.)  The problem is -- generally -- in the balance between potassium and sodium.  That's a pretty hard thing for most people to get right, so the easy advice is to tell people to lower their sodium.  You might try raising your potassium.  Bananas, potatoes, avocados are all high potassium.  (And the avocado will help with good cholesterol, too.) 

--  You cholesterol is kinda high.  I imagine most doctors would automatically medicate at that point.  If you don't want to do that, even if it causes some discomfort, you may want to raise your fiber intake.  Oatmeal can help.  (I swear it causes me less discomfort if I eat it without cooking it.  The minute-stuff, that is.)  Brown rice goes down pretty easy.

-- I know it's bland and boring, but have you tried plain tofu?  Extra firm works pretty well in a stir fry -- or even on the grill.  It's never bothered me. 

-- The fake meat stuff is okay.  I use the Morningstar Farms crumble stuff for tacos and spaghetti.  It does cause some extra gas.  (The fake corn dogs and buffalo wings are also pretty good, but they're definitely junk food and certainly salt licks.)

It's not easy.  Best of luck.

 


Sara14
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Sorry you're having to deal with all of this. I just wanted to say I eat a lot of the vegetarian "meat" substitute products. I love almost all of the Morningstar Farms products - their black bean burgers are my favorite. I also eat their veggie "sausage" patties, veggie corn dogs and hot dogs and their veggie chicken patty. It doesn't affect me negatively at all and I eat it pretty regularly. Some of these do have quite a bit of sodium, but probably less than meat.
 
I second the oatmeal suggestions. Cheerios also claim to lower cholesterol. Can you eat cooked veggies? Fruit? Yogurt? Skim milk or soy milk (for protein?)
 
I hate that it's so hard to find real food in grocery stores now. It's almost all processed stuff.
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jujub
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   Posted 7/1/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually it's really hard to lower your lipids a lot with diet alone. I spent four years on an extremely low-fat, high fiber diet (fat less than 20 grams per day) and only lowered mine by about 10%. One OTC you can take that may help is Niacin. Be sure to follow the directions, and talk to your doctor about it. Try the slow-release variety, because many people will have severe, distressing "flushes" with the regular niacin. I used to get these, and in addition to my face turning bright red, I'd feel like I had a bad sunburn all over and extremely hot. Very unpleasant.

If you do take niacin, ask your doc to check liver function periodically. I was able to get my lipids down to normal with it, but only with a dose that finally started affecting my liver function badly. Now I take Lipitor and limit my fat intake.
Judy
 
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quincy
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had your other liver enzymes checked out as well? My cholesterol is high...it's a symptom of the liver disease I have. I'm not overweight, never was...but do admit I've had to change my eating habits from when I was severely underweight.

q
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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
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AngelTT
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
They ran liver tests last week with the cholesterol and it was normal. I know I have a strong family history but 299 just seems too high to me. I am so worried about my arteries hardening.
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!


kb5
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I love all the fake meats. Smart dogs are my favorite of the hot dog variety. I even got my dad addicted to them when i was a vegetarian. Now that i eat meat he still eats smart dogs because they taste good and are much better for you than hot dogs.

I also love tofu. Get the extra firm and freeze it for 24 hours then thaw int he fridge. It gives it an even firmer consitency. Then it's easy to cook. it takes on the taste of what ever you cook with it. If doing stir fry be careful soy has a lot of sodium.

299 is high but i don't think you need to be scared. You are taking steps to correct it. If your doc was worried they would have recommended more tests. They do sell home cholesterol kits that you can do pretty easily and are pretty close to accurate.

good luck!
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion


AngelTT
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   Posted 7/2/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Well the thing is my cholesterol was run in December with my annual physical and it was high, but my good cholesterol was very high so my doc said he wasn't worried yet. My ob ran my cholesterol last week for my annual and it was 299. She wants to run it again but my primary care doc is saying she needs to leave it up to him. My dad had heart disease and a lot of my family has either had heart attacks and/or died very young b/c of it. I am so greatful for all the feedback from you guys. I am going to get some "fake" meats tonight. I am so glad to hear so many UC folks can eat it without problems. And I actually like tofu so I will start eating it again. Thanks everyone!
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!


seconder
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   Posted 7/2/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It's difficult. . . .

-- Instead of soy sauce I use fish sauce. It still has a lot of sodium but a tiny bit goes a long, long way. Fish sauce and garlic is a great stir fry seasoning, especially with tofu.

-- Low sodium vegetable drinks are high in potassium.

-- Egg whites

-- The oldtimer down the street swears by a tablespoon of cider vinegar and a big clove of garlic every day, but I think I'd rather go the pharma route in that case. . . .

AngelTT
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   Posted 7/2/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I bought a six pack of reduced sodium V8. I've just been staring at the can on my desk - I'm so afraid of tomato and most of the veggies in it. But I'll swig it down here in a bit and see how it does. I eat a banana or two every day. Not sure I can swallow down cider vinegar and garlic cloves. Maybe I can just implement them into a salad dressing! :)

I tried some yolk-free pasta last night with a wedge of Skinny Cow lowfat cheese and it wasn't bad, just FYI.
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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