UC and High Cholesterol

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shellybelly
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  Hi,
 I love this site and all the info I have read, it has been most helpful! I am currently on Remicade, was every 8 weeks now every 6.
Gastro dr. checking blood for antibodies. I have a question I just got  the news
 my cholesterol is high. HDL-271  LDL-176 Dr. wants me to try diet first for 3 months, then bloodwork, and take it from there.
 I have no idea what to eat shakehead .
Right now my diet is not cholesterol friendly. I actually keep a diary of foods, BMs, and vitamins. How do you lower cholesterol and keep the ulcertve colitus in check?
 
Thanks
 Michele

Christine1946
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
     I lowered my cholesterol by eating a LOT of fish and exercising.  My cholesterol was 235 and I flat out refuse to go on yet another medication.  I also take fish oil capsule daily.  Last  count my total cholesterol was down to 218 but my bad cholesterol has gone down and good cholesterol gone up...get the LDL and HDL mixed up.  If only my flares would get under control like that.
     Stay away from junk food too.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


lucasJ
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
lots of veggies.....well cooked.

jujub
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Fish, skinless chicken breast, veggies, whole grain carbs. Exercise.

I spent three years on an extremely low fat diet - no more than 20-25 grams of fat a day. I got exercise. I also took niacin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol in some people. My cholesterol never got into the normal range. The good news is that medication got me there right away, so at least that was a med that worked.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 7/17/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Use olive oil or other oils that raise HDL (not sure off the top of my head) exclusively, because the higher your HDL, the higher your LDL can be. The total cholestrol number matters, but the ratio of HDL to LDL matters just as much, if not more.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


ickypoo
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   
In addition to what has been mentioned I would add flax oil. The general idea is to consume food with a high omega-3 content (or cook with it in the case of olive or canola oil). The real value of things like fish, olive, and flax oils is that they have an anti-inflammatory component to them too - so they are beneficial to both your cholesterol levels and your UC.

Judy mentioned niacin, which I have just started trying. One thing I discovered is that you can experience what is called a niacin flush. This is a burning and sometimes itching sensation resulting from your capillaries dilating (an effect of the niacin). I don't think it is considered dangerous or anything like it, but if you don't know it's coming it can be an unsettling experience. I have found that taking niacin with food helps to avoid that. But you can also reduce the dosage, or take smaller amounts two or three times a day.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


Red_34
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   Posted 7/18/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Ickypoo, they make a flush free Niacin. I was on Niacin a couple years ago to help with my Raynauds and the flush free Niacin is so much better. You don't get that weird burning feeling.
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ickypoo
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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information Sherry - that is good to know.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


Christine1946
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   Posted 7/18/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
     A word about Niacin.  When my oldest daugter was 16 she had a cholesterol level of 285.  The doctor put her on Niacin.  Not sure of the dosage, this was several years ago.  She not only developed a rash, she passed out in school.  We immediately took her off the Niacin.  She joined a gym, watched her diet, lost over 60 lbs and now has a cholesterol level of 150.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


shellybelly
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, for all your suggestions. I will keep you posted.

subdued
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have high good cholesterol and low bad cholesterol.

I eat a lot of fish. I also eat chicken. I do not eat pork or beef unless there is no other choice (eating at relative's).

I don't use oil when cooking on the stove. I use water instead. I just keep adding a bit of water when the pan becomes dry until food is done cooking.

I used to eat a lot of oatmeal, which is supposed to lower cholesterol. I now eat Cheerios, which is also supposed to lower cholesterol.

I never add salt to my food.

I rarely eat fatty deserts like icecream, simply because I gain weight fast when I do.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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