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couchtater
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   Posted 10/24/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been battling high cholestrol for years. When I started medication my total was 300. I take 40mg a day.
 
Today I got results and I'm down to 187. However, my LDL (Bad) is 120. They keep telling me I need to get it below 100. I don't want to go to 80mg, because 40mg damaged my mother's liver and I feel like it's too dangerous.
 
My question: If my total is 187 how worried should I be with my LDL? confused
 
Yes, there is heart disease in my family: father mild heart attack with six stents, mother small blockages (too small and untreatable).
There is diabeties in my family: mother and sister
I've had a heart scan a couple of years ago. They said slight enlargement in left ventrical, but no damage or reduced function. Later this was found out due to sleep apnea.
 
I do have hypothyroidism which can affect my cholesterol levels from what I've read. I am obese (100 lbs over). I've been trying to loose the weight, but I'm having very little success.
 
Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 10/24/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joy, Let me see if I can make the readings make sense.

Total Cholesterol

Your blood test report will show your cholesterol levels in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). The total number is based on:

LDL ("bad" cholesterol)
HDL ("good" cholesterol)
Triglyceride (a type of fat found in your blood) levels
Total Cholesterol Levels What It Means
Source: American Heart Association
Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable
200-239 mg/dL Borderline high risk for heart disease
240 mg/dL and above High risk for heart disease
The 2 Types of Cholesterol: LDL and HDL

Bad cholesterol: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

Too much LDL in your blood can clog arteries. This can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

LDL Cholesterol Levels What It Means
Source: American Heart Association
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
100-129 mg/dL Near optimal
130-159 mg/dL Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL High
190 mg/dL and above Very high
Good cholesterol: High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

High levels of HDL can help protect you from a heart attack or stroke. HDL carries cholesterol from the body's tissues to the liver. So, low levels of HDL can increase the risk of heart disease.

HDL Cholesterol Levels What It Means
Source: American Heart Association
Less than 40 mg/dL High risk for heart disease
40-59 mg/dL Less risk for heart disease
60 mg/dL Desirable
I would talk with your physician and also a dietician to see about helping you take off more weight and see if that does not help lower your LDL as you are really getting close to optimal according the the AHA.

Also you did not mention which medication you are on.
Take care hun and know we are here for you.

Gentle Hugs,
Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 10/25/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
My medications are listed in my signature. The hypothyroidism makes losing weight extremely hard. I'm a three time WW drop out. 1st time was a member for two years and only lost 18 lbs. 2nd time one year- 10 lbs. 3rd time six months- no weight lose. I'm very frustrated!


Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 10/26/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Joy,

I am a lifetime member of WW and as I got older the weight just crept back on.  I have lost the same pounds many times......... argh ! I understand how you feel.

I have been told over and over again to exercise and I know it is my own fault that I have not stuck to a good exercise plan.  blush

I see Zocor in your med list.  If you are on 40 mg per day you have room to move without jumping to 80 mg.  ZOCOR for oral administration is avaiable in  either 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg or 80 mg tabs. Perhaps talk with your physician about upping from 40 mg by a small increase.

Take care and stick with us.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


couchtater
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   Posted 10/26/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
They called me today and said I'm starting on vytorin, no blood sugar meds, and my thyroid med is being reduced to 75mg.

I'm horrible about exercise. I work all day standing and walking. When I get home I just crash. I don't want to move. I bought a mini bike to exercise my legs while I sit, but I can't even get myself to use it regular. I'm just too tired. :(

Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 10/27/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Selmer,

Did I read this site correct???????

Rates

Full Participant
(medical care, laboratory, etc.)

$4,160/person (double) $4,760/person (single) There is a vacation I would like to take.


I did find the forum section and I see a lot of links in the forum to blogs and sites that sell product so I would truly caution members that join this site to look carefully for the part that costs no money.

I have been reading info on nutrition, exercise and healthy heart living for years and in the end it all comes down to how well you follow each plan.

Thank you for taking the time to read the info and share your opinions here in this forum. It is appreciated.
I am glad to hear you have not weight or problems with your cholesterol.

Respectfully

Kitt

stkitt
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   Posted 10/28/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Selmer for posting the information and yes it is always an excellent idea to look at the options available.  Your input is valued and I am sure members besides myself will look at the site and some will join and find it is the one for them as far as learning how to live healthy.

I wish you  peace on this beautiful Wednesday morning.

With kindness regards,

Kitt

 


Alcie
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   Posted 11/22/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy
Vytorin was one of those cholesterol meds that recently was reported not to be effective. You are already on one half of that med - Zocor- and it isn't working for you. The Zetia part of Vytorin is shown not to be effective, so why would they prescribe it?

The docs I see recommend Crestor. I am sensitive to statins, so I take colestipol daily and Crestor 5mg once a week. I've gotten mine down even if I'm not where I want to be, but I am working to modify my diet too - more towards vegetarian and no fats, although I'm not going fanatic.
Alcie
 
 


MrGimpy
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   Posted 12/9/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi couchtater

You may want to mention to your Doc Niacin ( Niaspan) as an option. It is designed to target the LDL issue
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