Cholesterol down from 7.4 to 7.1 in 7 weeks

Hi all

I had a blood test done and my total cholesterol is now 7.1 hdl down from 5.3 to 5.1 triglycerides down from 2.2 to 2.1 but hdl also down from 1.0 to 0.95

I've lost 6 kilos during this time and I've been eating very low fat I think I need to increase my fish intake and omega3 oils to bring hdl up also need to reduce carbs as I do tend to eat bread every day ... Any other suggestions ? Liver test shows slightly elevated GGT at 37 what can this mean? I don't drink alcohol ... Is it related to cholesterol ?

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  • Sorry LDL down to 5.1

  • Well done.happy for you

  • Mine dropped from 7 to 5.9.Diet, exercise and Benecol drinks.did you use benecol

  • How long did it take u to reduce your cholesterol from 7 to 5.9? thats excellent

  • We dont have benecol in Australia vut we have the plant sterol cheese and spread which i havent really taken ...Im concered my HDL will continue to drop too .... ive started on fish oil and will eat salmon etc three times a week and reduce carbs

  • About 11weeks

  • Now I hardly eat any meat

  • Oh are you in Australia, is there no benecol?plant sterol cheese should be good as well?? Yes just eat fish, use olive oil, they said avocado is very good for The Hdl, maybe you can try it as well

  • Well done. Try using whole grain bread, rice & pasta. avocado is good, porridge also good for helping lower cholesterol. I don't like porridge but use the oats to make flapjack, both savoury & sweet, or mix with nuts, seeds etc & add yoghurt the evening before I eat

  • I did an intensive evaluation of my diabetes to see how different foods affected my diabetes and cholesterol levels because the NHS guidleines were making me ill. Whole grain bread vs white bread = no measurable difference. Porridge for breakfast = super high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Rice = reasonable sugar levels considering and pasta = to be avoided at all costs. Kidney beans = fantastic for reducing blood sugar. Chicken = good protien. Red meat = not so good. Wild salmon = fantastic protien.

    If you think about it, sugars and starches drive cholesterol and weight gain = higher cholesterol and blood sugars.. if you don't eat sugars and starches your body can't process them into high sugar levels, weight gain and therefore higher cholesterol..

    So by replacing sugars and starches with fat means the body takes longer to convert it into energy so you will get a more balanced metabolism. This in turn means that you will have lower blood sugar levels - so your body can't convert it into stored fat - so you will lose weight. That is the equation we are all trying to achieve.. Low blood sugar = low cholesterol, healthy bmi, diabetes control..

    And.. new research suggests that low fat diets and statins are linked to alzheimers and other dementia.

    We never had these issues 60 yrs ago before the hi carb low fat advice dished out by the 'top scientists' - and then we didn't have any drugs like statins.. work it out for yourself but it's obvious to me.

  • I use oats in lots of things to soak up any excess fat in my system but have never made savoury flapjacks. It proves you can teach an old dog new tricks so I would love it if you would share your recipe please.

  • You need to discuss this "GGT at 37 " a specialist or a doctor. You need to eat a low cab high fat diet. Avoid bread, go for eggs and green veg with fish and chicken Butter and full cream milk and full cream.

    Food and drinks intake control with regular exercise can help with a healthy life style.

    Liver function!, There are a number of bold tests available for liver, please discuss this with your GP.

  • Ive been taking panadol osteo (2 tablets) every day for the past 3 months could that have caused the GGT to be elevated?

  • Well done firstly. You don't need meat in your diet not do you need to feed of cows in any way so perhaps consider cutting dairy and see how you get on. There are lots of alternatives. I was previously a typical western diet and I switched to mainly plant based. My chick dropped from 6.3 to 3.1 in 9 weeks (total). I have since maintained an average of 3.5. Exercise yes, you don't need to run marathons but just walk every day depending on your fitness. It's a personal journey but I'd avoid full fat milk and cream!

  • That's terrible.. A low fat diet will make you feel ill.. I got my cholesterol down from 6.7 to 4.6 in 4 weeks by not limiting fat, reducing carbs ( I hardly ever eat bread).. I eat omelet with cheese for breakfast which stops you from craving snacks.. eat nuts and maybe a tin of wild salmon for lunch or some freash fruit with full fat greek yoghurt.. then my main meal with a small portion of carbs for dinner. Lost a load of weight in 2 weeks..

    I found a low fat diet affected my memory.. I also take cod liver oil daily and hempseed oil is very good for cholesterol..

    But... Cholelesterol according to top scientists (whatever) is "no longer a nutrient of concern".

    Everything the NHS is currently advising about diabetes and cholesterol is wrong.

    Sugar and anything the body sees as sugar ie starch and carbs drives cholesterol not fat.

  • Thats great well done ... how much weight did you lose in two weeks? Im losing around 1 kilo a week I was 93 now im around 86.5 but i really need to reduce my bread intake or avoid it altogether ..i know i will have withdrawal symptoms at first because wheat is addictive but i hope it will work

  • I lost... bearing in mind on a high starch low fat diet I would go on a reducing regime for weeks at a time and always got stuck at 14.5 stones.. I couldn't get past it whatever I did - it was hell! I was starving but lost no weight past that...

    So with the low carb hi fat approach.. I lost 18 lbs in 2 weeks smashing through the 14.5 st barrier getting down to 13st10oz - it just fell off me.

    On low fat hi carb I was constantly looking at the fridge.. now... I don't think about food much at all and don't crave snacks all the time.. all that bread, starch, snacky things like crisps, chocolate, sweets, biscuits - it's all so incredibly addictive - it takes over your mind completely!

  • I totally agree with you about needing fat and that the official guidelines are dangerous rubbish. However, I don't agree that a plant based diet is bad because vegans live longer than meat eaters. Also, since it has now pretty well been established that cholesterol is not dangerous any more, why is everyone still hellbent on lowering their levels? I'm mystified. I understand that people with high cholesterol live longer.

  • Lol we are just obsessed I guess and the Internet just fuels this obsession even further ... Our great grandparents are raw milk and full fat foods and were healthy

  • It's very difficult..not impossible - for vegans to get the full compliment of nutrients required for a healthy body..

  • The longest-lived people used to be the Okinawans, and Channel 4 last year found the Icelandic diet to be healthiest, so vegans don't live longer than omnivores; that's another myth. No doubt we should eat vegetables as our ancestors did, but we have smaller large-intestines than other great apes, so haven't the capacity for bacteria to obtain fat from fibrous foods that they have.

    Putting aside protein, that should only be eaten for maintenance and repair, a third of the energy we use is carbohydrate with two-thirds fat, either ingested or from our fat stores (animal fat incidentally).

    Yes, we can obtain fat from carbohydrates, but fructose thickens blood by making it too sticky, causes NAFLD and insulin resistance. Glucose spikes insulin which inhibits fat utilisation, and has a knock-on effect to other hormones. Better to replenish what we use; no more, no less.

  • Do you eat the propery greek yoghurt or the greek style. Not sure if there is any difference.

  • I did an intensive evaluation of my diabetes to see how different foods affected my diabetes and cholesterol levels because the NHS guidleines were making me ill. Whole grain bread vs white bread = no measurable difference. Porridge for breakfast = super high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Rice = reasonable sugar levels considering and pasta = to be avoided at all costs. Kidney beans = fantastic for reducing blood sugar. Chicken = good protien. Red meat = not so good. Wild salmon = fantastic protien.

    If you think about it, sugars and starches drive cholesterol and weight gain = higher cholesterol and blood sugars.. if you don't eat sugars and starches your body can't process them into high sugar levels, weight gain and therefore higher cholesterol..

    So by replacing sugars and starches with fat means the body takes longer to convert it into energy so you will get a more balanced metabolism. This in turn means that you will have lower blood sugar levels - so your body can't convert it into stored fat - so you will lose weight. That is the equation we are all trying to achieve.. Low blood sugar = low cholesterol, healthy bmi, diabetes control..

    And.. new research suggests that low fat diets and statins are linked to alzheimers and other dementia.

    We never had these issues 60 yrs ago before the hi carb low fat advice dished out by the 'top scientists' - and then we didn't have any drugs like statins.. work it out for yourself but it's obvious to me.

  • Porridge for breakfast = super high blood sugar and high cholesterol, would it be possible to get numbers? I have 2min microwave porridge every day, may be I should give up from now to my next blood test to see the difference?

    Thanks for all the other (=) details.

    And.. new research suggests that low fat diets and statins are linked to alzheimers and other dementia.

    A very good point, I eat real butter, cheese and white bread for lunch. variation from tomatoes, onions and cider vinegar.

  • I now eat a 3 egg omlet for breakfast with some high fat cheese in it. This impacts my sugar levels raising them a couple of points.

    Porridge however... raised my sugar levels by 10 -12 points!

    If you think about it.. if you lose the porridge and bread during the day (bread is appalling by the way) eat no starch, sugar or carbs of any kind. Just have one small portion of carbs with your main meal (mixed with some hi quality protien to lower the glyceamic index) - that means your body is on a sugar fast for 23hrs a day...

    If you have diabetes... that is FANTASTIC!

  • You are a puzzle to me bala. After all you've found out, you eat 2 minute porridge with its refined, high-glycaemic grains and high-glycaemic white bread, presumably with preservatives?

  • The changes you've outlined may be a step in the right direction BAUS. Your triglycerides are too high, and your HDL too low. However, polyunsaturates are unstable, that's why they are EFAs; we eat them little and often to prevent them oxidising in the body. Natural SFAs will raise HDL, and also LDL, but the harmless large, fluffy kind.

    How much fructose do you eat, and what other carbs?

  • I became a Vegan (was a vegetarian for many years) 2 years ago. My Cholesterol level is in normal range, at last and, even better my Serum triglyceride level is a very healthy 1.21 mmol/L. This will hopefully reduce my risk of heart disease and hardening of my blood vessels.

    It is Not difficult to be a Vegan - I eat loads - believe me!

    I did this for:- the health of the Cows who were being used for milk and having their calves taken from them and for my health, as I decided that using milk full of hormones, pus and antibiotics was not good for me or my family.

    We all look well on it and have shed a lot of superfluous adipose tissue (fat!)

    Do commence a Vegetarian diet for lowering fat intake, but to be super saturated fat free - Go Vegan!

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