CAN HIGH OR LOW HDL , LDL BE GENITIC?

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Peppertree
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 7/26/2006 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey All,
Went for my yearly physical.
These are my numbers:
Total Cholestral 212
HDL :36
LDL:163
Trirglycerides :137
 
Im 57yrs old. female. Im 5'1" tall and weigh 99 pds. I dont drink milk, or use dairy products. I eat low carbs, low fat diet. My husband is diabetic so we eat the same things. I snack rarely in between meals. I only use olive oil when i cook. All the other blood work was fine, sugar, kidney function, liver functon, tyroid, blood count. Doctor told me to decrease saturated fats, and exercise more. 
I havent been exercising recently and am going to start back. But, can this all be genetic, im trying very hard and have been for quite awhile to take care of me and my husband.
any suggestions would be great!!!! 
 
Oh, i do smoke,, (i know bad, bad)
 
Thanks ,, Peppertree

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 7/26/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi pepper, well all the numbers look good except that hdl  36 is too low.need to be at least 45. there are a few natural things you can do,  itake fish oil, and more importantly, eat a handful of almonds, then top of the list EXCERSIZE,that will raise you hdl!!!!!

Aldo
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   Posted 7/26/2006 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you, stop smoking....Then see if you can tell me how to! Your ldl is a tad high and your hdl is a tad low. OTC niacin is good for something, I forgot, but it makes me sick. Lots of fishy oil and those almonds are great (Raw not roasted). Since you smoke, you should take plenty of vitamin C. The diabetic diet is great also (low carbs). Eat plenty of fresh fruit and nuts. We fry nothing in anything except olive oil. No trans fats! Chocolate is good for your heart but not your belly (I stole that from a TV doc). Cheers :)

Rj
 
P.S. Genetics can give you very high blood lipids. Have you watched those commercials lately? I have terrible cholesterol numbers and triglycerides, but cannot tolerate any statins. My tri's were around 919, and my TC was around 308. Hdl 55, Ldl 160 or 155, I forgot that one. That may be why I have had a heart attack and stroke. It also may be why I have 3 vessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and 4 stents. Heart disease runs in both sides of my family.

Post Edited (Aldo) : 7/26/2006 8:13:48 PM (GMT-6)


whoa182
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   Posted 7/27/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Heart disease, high cholesterol tend to run families because people adopt similar eating habits, which are usually extremely bad. Diet is the most powerful way to protect against heart disease, regardless of whether it runs in the family or not. Most of my family have high cholesterol and are on statins, why? because they eating too many calories and too many refined foods. My cholesterol is very low because of just diet alone, your diet is more far more important in protecting your heart than exercise (not saying you shouldn't exercise though!). Your diet is a powerful factor, even if you are genetically susceptible to heart disease.
 
This study was an example of what diet can achieve http://mednews.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/851.html - most of these study participants have got heart disease in the family and some were on medication themselves for upto 20 years, then this diet basically halted and reversed their heart disease. CR not only effective in heart disease, its effective for almost every disease humans commonly develop.

Calories play a huge role in affecting cholesterol synthesis by the liver, reduce calories and you will reduce cholesterol to anywhere from 120-160mg/dl 


Blood Pressure = 90/60
Total Cholesterol = 120mg (3.1)
HDL cholesterol = 46mg/dl
LDL cholesterol = 65mg/dl
Triglycerides = 35mg/dl

Post Edited (whoa182) : 7/27/2006 1:59:24 PM (GMT-6)


Peppertree
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 7/28/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your advice, and the article. My family to has been plagued with heart disease. So, im assuming that plays a big part. But, you all gave me helpful information. I am feeling better now.  Thanks again,, Peppertree
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