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My Cholesterol was 10.2


I am unable to take statins and I am looking for guidance on how best to reduce my cholesterol and any foods that can be recommended to help. My cholesterol is Hereditary.

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There are many on this forum who have FH (hereditary high cholesterol) and they will be more than happy to suggest and guide you. Myself, as someone with highish cholesterol 6.8, have seen a rise in HDL and drop in LDL with avoiding dairy, and drinking oat milk, eating oat based cereals and taking fish oils. Whether all this is a contributing factor is a moot point but as someone who is healthy, takes daily exercise (walking) is BMI 24 and feels better than I have in years since getting rid of my IBS (hence the dairy free diet) I can say that following a regime of a healthy diet and exercise cannot be overemphasised. Cut out smoking and watch the alcohol as well and you can't go far wrong. All the best to you.

in reply to patch14

Absolutely right. Avoiding dairy and all animal fats PLUS walking increases your HDL. Minute quantities of red wine helps but not mandatory if you are not used to wines.

Keep carbohydrate intake between 10 and 14 portions per day (1 portion = 10g carbohydrate), ideally 3 meals x 4 carb portions.

Eat low GI carbs

Make up the balance of your meals with natural, additive-free, unprocessed protein and fat foods.

Thanks Concerned, I am too I have started a healthy eating plan but would like some info on good foods that help reduce cholesterol, if you know of any specifics I would be grateful for the info.

Concerned's eating advice is for a healthy diet/lifestyle.

Following it (or similar) will reduce your LDL cholesterol levels as they improve your general health. No doubt your weight will drop and your insulin sensitivity will improve also. All great stuff.

One food that specifically lowers your cholesterol would be oats - and in particularly the soluble fibre beta glucan that they contain. It is recommended you need 3g of beta glucan a day for a beneficial effect - so that could be three bowls of porridge (or a bowl of porridge and then adding oats and oat bran into other meals and snacks throughout the day).

Other foods that are associated with lowered cholesterol (but they don't have an approved health claim) are soya foods.


Getting forgetful - not intentionally honestly.

There are also foods fortified with plant sterols and stanols e.g. Flora Proactive etc...

These have an approved health claim also.

But I'm not a fan as they come in the form of processed foods with added salt, processed fats and or sugar.


Hi i have never been to the docs so much since being diagnosed with high cholesterol 12.1 in 2011 ,i have the genetic type 3 hyperlipidemia .

I have been on 3 different statins and suffered badly with side effects ,swelling ,very low ,upset (depression )i dont like using the word .

I am off statins for good but i found window slot eating which is eating what you normaly do between 8 hours in a day ,i find it best to just drink first thing in the morning till 11am if you feel hungry have a drink of water ,my last meal is at 7pm i eat normally and have brought my levels down in 2 months from 7.9 to 6.2 ,all i have is opti omega 3 fish oils from health span

I am aged 48 height 5,1 weight 8 stone very active and eat healthy .

I have lots of muscle damage which i am trying to prove is from taking statins as other people will not suffer like i have .

in reply to suki65

I also have Type 3 Hyperlipidaemia. My GP has daid that statins do not work with this condition. He has put me on Fenofibrate and my cholesterol has reduced from 13 to 4!

in reply to Hidden

thank you for this hansi i tried fenofibrate when first diagnosed but had a reaction and was taken off right away have you had any side effects ? which fibrate and strength do you take ?

in reply to suki65

I take one 200mg lipantil micronised fenofibrate daily. No side effect. What reactions did you have?

l have also decided to come off simvastatin, l was 8, and was wondering how what things to take to try and get it down without tablets, High chosterol runs in the family

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