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I'm not sure how to begin lowering it. I went to the dr yesterday for my annual checkup. My BMI is +/- 23, pulse 62, bp 100/60. I just checked online for the results of my cholesterol test, and the numbers seem high.<br><br>
I'm not sure where to begin in order to lower it.
 

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Fish oil and<br><br><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/CL00002" target="_blank">http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/CL00002</a>
 

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Oatbran. Not that I'm in any way knowledgeable about this stuff. My cholesterol is naturally low, but I have read that the bran of the oat is the part that helps lower your cholesterol when you hear about oats helping.<br><br>
Oat bran is available in most grocery stores, I think, and I cook it up as one would oatmeal. The ratio I use of oatbran to water or milk, depending on what you want, is 1:4. I know others use less liquid sometimes. This ratio seems plenty thick to me when I cook it.
 

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CHOLESTEROL BLOOD: 217<br>
TRIGLYCERIDES BLOOD: 47<br>
HDL CHOLESTEROL: 71<br>
LDL CHOLESTEROL CALC: 137*<br><br>
I am trying to look at the bright side. This could be the kick in the pants I need to eat healthier.
 

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So your total cholesterol is a bit high, as is your LDL. But your HDL and Triglycerides are ok. You're right, just a little over normal is the perfect time for a wake-up call.
 

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lower red meats, eat lots of fish and whole grains. really look at the cholesterol on the foods. my cow-oinker had a 300+ and in a matter of 2 or three months got it under 160 for her total. i really cna't remember her ratios but they were bad and now they are good
 

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On the plus side, your HDL rocks! Your ratios look pretty good.
 

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Jebba, I thought you might find this post from chowhound.com interesting. This was posted by a nutritionist in response to the judges on Top Chef dismissing lobster as a high cholesterol food on last week's show, and is full of good cholesterol info:<br><br><i>1.Focusing on lower cholesterol content in foods alone is outdated. While I understand the need for product placement (Vitorin), health care professionals agree that focusing on the cholesterol content of foods is not the right approach to a heart healthy diet. We encourage clients to focus on total, saturated and trans fats before cholesterol in their diets as these have the highest impact in overall and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. It is also important to focus on the amount of fiber, fruits and vegetables in the meal as these help lower cholesterol levels.<br>
2.The lobster fiasco was not the contestant’s dish, the fiasco was the wrong message the panel gave the audience. To Mr. Colicchio: lobster is not high in cholesterol! Yes, when compared to fish, shellfish is higher in cholesterol, however overall and compared to other proteins shellfish is actually lower in cholesterol, calories and total fat. In fact, lobster has less cholesterol than chicken and some alternative meat sausages, and it is lower in calories as well. In addition, shellfish contains some Omega -3 fatty acids which are very important for heart health. I was so upset when he repeated “lobster is very high in cholesterol.” This is an old fashioned myth that we are trying hard to eradicate and there was a panel of non health experts repeating it! Portion control is key and as the contestant who prepared the lobster dish beautifully put it: “everything in moderation.” If he was criticized for the cholesterol amount in that dish, then the contestants who prepared the chicken (especially the fried chicken version where he left some of the skin in there), sausage and pork dishes should have been criticized as well. They all did a good job in lowering the cholesterol content from the original recipe.<br><br>
As a dietitian and a foodie I say, go on have your lobster and your butter...<br>
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I'll pass on the butter, but I winced when they brought up the cholesterol and lobster issues as well.<br><br>
It's hard to believe they are that far behind. I bet they are getting hammered with emails.
 

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Understatement. My cholesterol counts are outstanding except the HDL which is only 32 and the doctors therefore have me taking 1000mg Niacin nightly to try and bring it up into at least the 40's.<br><br>
People with HDL's higher than 60 drop their heart attack risk greatly even if ovrall cholesterol is a little high.
 
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