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I’ve just had my cholesterol checked and it is 7.6…….how bad is this?
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Default I’ve just had my cholesterol checked and it is 7.6…….how bad is this? – 01-25-2009, 08:37 PM

What food should I be eating to bring it down?
   
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Default 01-29-2009, 08:37 PM

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Default 02-03-2009, 08:37 PM

Ideally it should be 5.0 or less. No need to panic but it would do you no harm to get it lower.
If you’re worried go seek medical advice instead of asking well-intentioned amateurs about medical matters.
   
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Default 02-08-2009, 08:37 PM

not hugely bad mine is usually 5.5 and that is fine …………stop worrying about it worry causes the body to create cholesterol.
my husband was on cholesterol reducing drugs which gave him terrible pain in his legs.
   
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Default 02-13-2009, 08:37 PM

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Yes, it’s up but you can get it down quite naturally by eating the right things. Look for foods that naturally decrease LDL – 2 raw carrots a day bring levels down quickly. Garlic is good, foods high in fib re & fruits with pectin such as grapefruit are great. Add more beans & lentils as good sources of soluble fib re. Healthy fats are found in oily fish, avocados. Include nuts as these are good for you. Artichokes eaten regularly can help keep cholesterol under control. Hope this helps.
   
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Default 02-18-2009, 08:37 PM

It’s should around 5 but you need to take certain factors into consideration. Certain ethnic groups normally have higher cholesterol but if you are worried you should go and speak to your GP or nurse if the GP has one. They will be able to advise your further.
   
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Default 02-23-2009, 08:37 PM

That high is bad – go to GP – tell him/her "Simvastatin" – a medication used to control your cholesterol. However, once you start this medication – will be on it for life, but will save you from heart attacks or strokes
   
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Default 02-24-2009, 08:37 PM

That is a little high but as long as you get it down soon you should be OK. If you need help and free coaching losing weight i can help you as i am a personal weight management and nutrition coach. If you let me know you are interested i can send you some info.
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Default 02-28-2009, 08:37 PM

Do you remember what your school reports used to say? ‘Could do better’.
   
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Default 03-04-2009, 08:37 PM

Total cholesterol on it’s own is not a true predictor of risk of future cardiovascular disease (IE heart attack, strokes) You need a full starving test to include a full lipid profile. Ideally your result should be below 5mils/l, but average UK levels are around 6. You need to find out your Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL’s) the "bad" cholesterol which should be less than 2mils/l and find out what your High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) or "good" cholesterol which should be above 1.1 in males and 1.2 in females.

For a true predictor most risk charts need to know your HDL/Chol ratio, IE the amount of good cholesterol in ratio to your total cholesterol. egg If your total cholesterol is 5 and your HDL is 2, your ratio would be 5/2 = 2.5. A ratio of 4 and about puts you at risk.

Also you will need to know your Triglyceride level (the sugary fat) this should be less than 2.

Please don’t rush off to your GP to go on medication as this can cause more harm than good if not appropriate.

Cholesterol is just one risk factor. Your GP will need to take into account any other risks you may have before giving precriptions out eg Family history, age, sex, blood pressure, smoking, exercise, stress, waist circumference.

Keep active and eat a balanced diet high in omega-3 oils and fruit and veg and that should help lower the result. Avoid the cholesterol lowering products (margarines, yoghurts, cheeses etc) as they are just sales gimmicks and do nothing apart from lower your bank balance!!
   
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