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MaryClaire
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Sat May 24, 2014 10:05 am      Reply with quote
I have high LDL but really good numbers on HDL and triclycerides. My doctor wants to put me on a statin and I want to avoid them if possible.

Has anyone had success with niacin or some other supplement. My diet is good usually green smoothies with oatmeal, nuts for snacks and always try to stay away from fatty meats. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
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Sun May 25, 2014 6:49 pm      Reply with quote
What is more important than the raw number is the ratio of HDL to LDL. My total cholesterol number is high but that is because I have excellent HDL, so a higher LDL is irrelevant. Plenty of supplements and foods you can take but I can't remember them all. Search the archives at Life Extension foundation. http://www.lef.org/index.htm
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Mon May 26, 2014 4:12 pm      Reply with quote
You may find this book to be helpful.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ESMDGE8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2828SQRRQTJ7N&coliid=I1THERYESYYAPQ

Unfortunately most allopathic docs still think that statins (poison in my book) are the answer.
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Mon May 26, 2014 4:25 pm      Reply with quote
I've used panethine to lower my LDL cholesterol by 20%. As has another of my family members.

This is an excellent article on alternatives to statins..

http://www.lef.org/protocols/heart_circulatory/cholesterol_management_02.htm
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Wed May 28, 2014 10:35 am      Reply with quote
Thanks everyone for the great advice.

I downloaded the book by Jimmie Moore and if what he said is true, the medical profession has done a great disservice to all the healthy people on statins.

I've asked my doctor to order more test to see if I have any heart disease. He hasn't as of this date and it's been almost a week. I want to know my inflammation level and particle size.

If he can't come up with a better reason to take statins, I'm not.

I've really lost so much trust that I used to have in the medical profession and government.

I'm not going to trust anyone unless they earn it first.
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Wed May 28, 2014 5:46 pm      Reply with quote
I always ask my endocrinologist to add CRP and homocysteine blood test to my other annual tests to check my inflammation as well. Much better indicator of potential heart problems than cholesterol levels. Most docs should know that by now. Too many don't bother keeping up. My doc brings his laptop into the exam room so he can look up things I mention. He's younger than I am so perhaps not stuck in the past with what he learned in med school.
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:01 pm      Reply with quote
Had my annual exam and all my blood tests were excellent. My total cholesterol was 220 but that is because my HDL was 150, a bit more than twice as high as the LDL at 70. In his words, "Excellent." It's the ratio that counts, not the number.

My late mother bragged that her cholesterol was under 200 but her HDL was very low and she took statins. She experienced many side effects from them but refused to stop because she was hung up on the number and thought it made her superior! Rolling Eyes

My CRP and homocysteine tests showed no inflammation, which is the cause of heart disease.
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:15 pm      Reply with quote
Congratulations, Softskin!

What's your secret?

Have you always had such great numbers? I didn't even realize that LDL numbers could be lower than HDL.

Thanks for sharing.
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:21 am      Reply with quote
LDL is supposed to be much lower than HDL. Easy to remember if you think the H means Healthy and the L means Lousy!

My LDL numbers were high before I started taking natural hormones for menopause. I also suspect treating my hypothyroid with natural hormones helped as well. All hormones work together.

Google foods that lower cholesterol. I can't remember all of them. Salmon and olive oil are good for you.
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Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:49 am      Reply with quote
Taking plenty of DHA (liposomal now) keeps my HDL at a very nice 90 & I have an excellent memory as well.

Glad you found the Moore book to be helpful.

I gave up any trust in the medical profession during my 20yrs as a RN. (and I'm not overly fond of alternative docs who believe in treating symptoms/conditions with herbs &/or supplements rather than getting to the root cause of the problem!)
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