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  •  Ain't heredity a bitch. (6+ / 0-)

    You're either born with a kiss-ass liver (like me) or your not (like hubby).  Hubby takes statins and walks three miles a day to keep cholesterol in check.  I do nothing and my HDL is 90 (total cholesterol ranges from 190 to 220 depending on exercise or lack thereof).  Doc says I'll probably never have to worry about heart disease despite my diet rich in eggs (free range), dairy (organic) and meat (grass-fed whenever possible).

    My mother-in-law has been struggling with high cholesterol for over 30 years and taking statins since they came on the market.  She eats little meat, lots of fish, no butter or eggs, and very little cheese, all to no avail.  It moves the needle only 5-10 points in total cholesterol and does nothing to help her increase HDL.  What has helped HDL is going to exercise classes 5 days a week and walking a minimum of three miles every day.  She's 82 years old, by the way.

    My brother lowered his cholesterol by giving up alcohol and eating lots of elk and deer.  (He lives in Montana where large game abounds.)  Grass-fed meat of all kinds, including beef and mutton, is high in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which naturally reduces both body fat and LDL while raising HDL.  Eggs from free range chickens and milk from grass-fed cows are also high in CLA.

    What I'm trying to say is, you don't need to remove the cheese and eggs from your diet to lower your LDL and increase your HDL.  Instead, use free range eggs and dairy products and go for a nice walk after dinner.

    "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

    by Involuntary Exile on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 04:15:34 PM PST

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    •  Love your explanations. Maybe you can tell me (2+ / 0-)

      how he can lower his triglycerides, then.  That is his real problem.  He is trying to cut out the evening beer (or two) and eat only whole grains (unless he is tempted by Flatbread's Pizza.  He isn't an egg person - just doesn't like them.  I eat them (my neighbor has chickens, luckily!) and, like you, rarely exercise and my cholesterol is optimum.

      "Most fools don't understand my worldview." - Ignatius J. Reilly

      by impygirl on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 05:43:55 PM PST

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      •  Hmm. Another problem of metabolism by the liver. (2+ / 0-)
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        Elevated triglyceride levels are often associated with fat infiltration in the liver and are affected by consumption of sugar and alcohol - oh, and tobacco.  You can lower triglycerides by eliminating tobacco, alcohol (although the positive effect of one glass of red wine daily probably outweighs any negative impact it may have on triglycerides) and refined sugars and starches.  That means, for the most part, if it's white don't eat it, and lay off the sweets.  Following a natural version of a diabetic diet that uses the glycemic index will reduce both triglycerides and serum cholesterol.  Triglycerides can also be positively impacted by exercise.  So give hubby a glass of red wine instead of beer, take away the dessert, feed him whole grains, keep potatoes to a minimum, and go with him for a nice walk after dinner.  He'll be a new man in no time.

        "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

        by Involuntary Exile on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 06:23:14 PM PST

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