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Hi I'm 52 yrs old . I had a mini stroke beginning of this year . Ive had lots of tests done and so far the cause of my mini stroke appears to be high cholesterol as some of the arteries in my neck are blocked but don't require surgery at the moment . I'm at my heaviest I've ever been 10 stone and I'm 5ft 1 . Never been on a diet or ate really healthy so need to start now .

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Hi Helenb65

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

Sorry to hear you had a mini stoke, hope you are getting better now.

Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side of the screen or if your on a mobile at the bottom. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

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Take your measurements at the start along with a photo so you can see the changes when the scales don't move.

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Helenb65 welcome, we are a very friendly bunch with loads of people offering advice and guidance. Keep coming on the forum and joining in the conversations.

I like the recipe books by Dale Pinnock who calls himself the medicinal Chef. He talks about which nutrients in which foods are good for particular ailments. It might be worth checking out his website, just google Dale Pinnock, or going on Amazon to look at his book titles. I really enjoy his recipes. It is a pain that he doesn't include calories but I work them out using the NHS calorie counter website.

An admin person will give you a proper welcome and point you towards things, in the meantime have good look around, read some posts and get involved.

Good luck and make this an adventure with food so that you enjoy it.

Take care


Unless cholesterol is a symptom, because it is part of the system attempting to repair damage.

You may be asked to take statins and reduce the saturated fat in your diet. The anti-coagulant properties of the statins may be beneficial, but too low a cholesterol level can leave you at risk of cancer for example. Seen in that light, lowering cholesterol and impairing liver function are unfortunate side effects of statins.

I'm not a doctor, but I would think the actual cause of your narrowed arteries is 'food' that spikes your insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). IGF-1 causes growth of the endothelial lining of arteries, effectively narrowing them. Combined with fructose, that thickens blood, you have a recipe for ischaemia; restricting blood flow.

If you have smoked, the hardened arteries and impaired healing will exacerbate the condition, as will stress hormones. If applicable, not smoking and learning to dissipate stress by exercising (but not too intensely or too frequently) will help, but it is essential to eliminate high-glycaemic foods glycemicindex.com , anomalies such as baked beans that spike insulin, not have too much protein (particularly lean/processed), and minimise fructose intake.

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Hello Helen sorry to hear about your mini stroke my sister had one at 48 she will be 70 this year and is as right as rain

There is loads of support on here and everyone is lovely

Wishing you a very speedy recovery take good care of yourself and keep posting to let us know how you are getting on 😊


Oh you poor thing, it all sounds terrible. I really wish you all the best with your recovery and hope you continue to get better health. 👍

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