High cholesterol medication vs. Exercise

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trekgeek
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   Posted 7/12/2006 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
 
I currently have the following cholesterol levels:
 
Total: 225
LDL: 158
HDL: 40
TRIG: 137
 
I am 28 years old and weigh 280 lbs.  This is the first time I've had my cholesterol checked.  My doctor wants to prescribe medication for my cholesterol but I heard that normal cholesterol is below 200.  I'm arguing that losing some weight and a changed diet can bring my cholesterol down but my physician disagrees.  Should I get a second opinion?  I'm afraid that if I start medication that I can't get off it later in life.  Please help!  Much thanks.
 
-Will

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 7/12/2006 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi Will, i definitely think losing weight would be my first choice, but if you cannot do it and add excersize than you will need to do something. your numbers are a bit scary especially at your age, really any age, but you are very young.  your hdl is too low, needs to be at least 45 and preferably 50. the triglycerides are okay.  i will tell you right now that if you will add fish oil capsules to your daily routine and only a palm full of raw almonds, in three months or less your good cholesteral will raise and your triglycerides will go lower.  please try to lose the weight and start to walk at least three times a week, and i bet you will not need any meds.  good luck, i know you will get a lot of good advise from others. bye

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 7/12/2006 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  i meant your good cholesteral will raise, not the bad.

Aldo
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   Posted 7/13/2006 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with Dreamgirl. I thought it was a well known fact that you always try diet and exercise first.

Your current weight will cause you much more trouble than your cholesterol, I think. It should be your goal to lose some soon, regardless of your cholesterol. You are looking at diabetes and heart disease down the road. Obesity by itself, can cause heart disease. Obesity also causes diabetes, which in turn can cause many problems, including heart disease. It doesn't matter whether diabetes runs in your family, or not.

I am about 25 lbs overweight. I know just how hard it is to lose weight. If you could forget about a diet for right now, and just start to exercise and not increase your caloric intake, you would start to lose. This would also fight diabetes and heart disease. For every inch of fat you have, your body has to develop something like a mile of blood vessels to feed it. It is very hard on the heart to have to push blood to and through it. It will wear your heart out.

Best of luck :)

Rj

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   Posted 7/15/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi trekgeek,  I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to Healing Well forum.  I see that you have already received some excellent advice/suggestions from some of our veteran members so far.  I hope this has been helpful for you.  Please do feel free to visit this often and post, it is a great site for information and support.  Take care


 


trekgeek
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   Posted 7/23/2006 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks very much to everybody who responded to my thread.  I took all of your suggestions to heart and spoke to my physician.  He has agreed not to prescribe meds but STRONGLY encourages me to start exercising regularly and modifying my diet.  I took DREAMGIRL's suggestion and started eating a handful of raw almonds each in addition to a capsul of fish oil.  My physician is going to give me six months to improve my cholesterol.  Hopefully the culminate effects of exercise and a modified diet will help me avoid the meds.  This site is great.  I look forward to sharing good news with everybody along the way!

-Will


els
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   Posted 7/24/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
that's great...we will look forward to hearing more from you...keep posting :-)

Elisha

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allen-uk
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   Posted 8/2/2006 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Trekgeek.

There is a growing body of opinion that 'anti' cholesterol drugs may be dangerous.

Have a look at

http://statinalert.org/mainpage.html

The argument, essentially, is that cholesterols are naturally occuring substances in the body, and that no good link has been shown between high/low cholesterol counts and high/low heart-disease risk.

There are too many other factors involved, and in long-term experiments, the value of drugs like 'stattins' has been questioned.

The very sceptical amongst us (particularly on this side of the Atlantic) see drug companies inventing a problem (high cholesterol) and then inventing a cure (stattins) and then making big profits.

Obviously you have to be very cautious, but certainly try to sort out your weight and diet before opting for the drugs.

Good luck.

Allen-UK, London.

whoa182
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   Posted 8/2/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Exercise is good, but diet is far better in lowering cholesterol. infact, diet will very likely lower cholesterol just as much or more than statins, wihout the side effects. If you are going to be serious about a change in diet, then do not take the statins. you are young and have a chance to change this...

You can see below the affect diet can have on cholesterol (see sig)
Blood Pressure = 90/60
Total Cholesterol = 120mg (3.1)
HDL cholesterol = 46mg/dl
LDL cholesterol = 65mg/dl
Triglycerides = 35mg/dl

Post Edited (whoa182) : 8/2/2006 7:11:20 AM (GMT-6)


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/4/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi trek, one last thought, take more than one fish oil a day , up to three of the 1000mg is not too much. i take 1 three times a day of1200mg,it won't hurt you.
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