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I had a physical today. Most of it good, which is not good in my book. I have two main issues so here we go:<br><br>
1. My total cholesterol is high (over 240), the doctor almost put me on a prescription <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> My LDL is higher than average but not enough to balance it. The doctor was surprised by the result knowing I am vegan, he said "normally I would tell people to exercise more and eat healthier but you already do that". He suggested fish oil, which I won't do obviously. So besides exercising even more and eating healthier (I'm eating about 50% raw right now) what else could I do? What are the best vegan sources of omega-3's?<br><br>
2. My vitamin D is, as he put it, severely low. I was given a prescription for 50K UI weekly. According to my research that is probably vitamin D3 which is not vegan. All vegan sources I have found have a much lower UI count (it'd require me to take 25 pills to make up for the 50K UI). That, besides the practicality of it, is very expensive. So the dilemma is to take the D3 for 12 weeks as instructed or not. I already take migraine medicine that is tested on animals, but there's nothing I can do about that. Ideas?<br><br>
Needless to say this is very disappointing. I've been struggling with cholesterol for a while, mostly because I have a mix of bad genes and I didn't use to care about my diet (both pre-vegan and post-vegan) until recently. Last time I was under 200 so I don't know why the spike, especially since I have been aiming at healthier eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"><br><br>
Thanks for all the input in advance.
 

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Take the D3, eat some chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts (and a bunch of other nuts...) ...and salad. Always remember salad. Mmmmm salad.
 

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I had a physical today. Most of it good, which is not good in my book. I have two main issues so here we go:<br><br>
1. My total cholesterol is high (over 240), the doctor almost put me on a prescription <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> My LDL is higher than average but not enough to balance it. The doctor was surprised by the result knowing I am vegan, he said "normally I would tell people to exercise more and eat healthier but you already do that". He suggested fish oil, which I won't do obviously. So besides exercising even more and eating healthier (I'm eating about 50% raw right now) what else could I do? What are the best vegan sources of omega-3's?<br><br>
2. My vitamin D is, as he put it, severely low. I was given a prescription for 50K UI weekly. According to my research that is probably vitamin D3 which is not vegan. All vegan sources I have found have a much lower UI count (it'd require me to take 25 pills to make up for the 50K UI). That, besides the practicality of it, is very expensive. So the dilemma is to take the D3 for 12 weeks as instructed or not. I already take migraine medicine that is tested on animals, but there's nothing I can do about that. Ideas?<br><br>
Needless to say this is very disappointing. I've been struggling with cholesterol for a while, mostly because I have a mix of bad genes and I didn't use to care about my diet (both pre-vegan and post-vegan) until recently. Last time I was under 200 so I don't know why the spike, especially since I have been aiming at healthier eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"><br><br>
Thanks for all the input in advance.</div>
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My total cholesterol is 225. If you look at that number it's kind of "yikes" but my LDL is 150 and my HDL is 75. I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist and my GP sent my blood results to her and she said to me "Well you cholesterol is very low" and I said "Are you reading the right chart??" She said "No, you have the best cholesterol I've ever seen. The total number is high, but your good cholesterol is 75. I've never seen good cholesterol that high, and your ratio is 2:1. Usually we like to see 3.5:1. With cholesterol like that you'll never get heart disease! Whatever you're doing, keep doing it!" I'd check out your ratio and see what it is, because apparently that means more than actual numbers.<br><br>
My vitamin D level was 23. My doctor prescribed 50k iu vitamin D for 8 wks, now I'm on 2k iu/day. The 50k pills were D2, but I can't find D2 in anything higher than 400 iu for daily use. I am not taking 5 pills a day, so I'm taking the D3. If I need it to stay healthy, then so be it.
 

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Thanks! I decided I'll go ahead and take the D3. I will also try to get more detailed numbers to check for the ratio rabid_child mentions.
 

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Glad you're gonna take the D3.<br><br>
What is your diet like? Do you eat a lot of sugar or refined starches, drink alcohol? What kind of exercise do you do and how often?<br><br>
What were your triglyceride levels and breakdown of HDL/LDL?
 

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Could you ask your doctor about UV treatments?<br><br>
Dermatologists will often prescribe weekly UV treatments for patients with severe eczema because it catalyzes the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin.
 

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Apparently vitamin D2 is the most widely prescribed form of vitamin D in the US.<br><br>
If i were you i would take the D3 for a bit and see how my levels improved, but I'd work out a longer term strategy for my vit D needs. If getting out in the sun more isn't an option, I'd find the highest iu of D2 in a tablet form AND I'd look for a much D2 fortified foods as possible, and take the supplement daily as well as a lot of the plant milk/ cereal whatever the fortified food was, just to try and get as much as possible. I stress this is after regulating levels with the doctor prescribed pills.<br><br>
I'm not sure about cholesterol, how much flax/ linseed do you eat?
 

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Don't feel bad about either. Almost everyone has Vit D deficiency (mainly because we don't go out in the sun much anymore, I'm sure my levels are low because I'm a vampire) and since you're a vegan, it's most likely just your genes that are causing the cholesterol issue. The suggestions you've been given are great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Update... been taking the D3 for over a month now and I have replaced most of my dinners with smoothies that include flax seed oil, Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer and also eating mostly salads for lunch.<br><br>
Some of you asked for my numbers, so here they are, I hope they help people give me a clearer picture:<br><br>
CHOLESTEROL 243\t<br>
TRIGLYCERIDE 282\t<br>
HDL CHOLESTEROL 48\t<br>
LDL CHOLESTEROL 139\t<br>
VLDL(CALC)\t 56<br>
CHOL/HDL RATIO\t5.1
 

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I have to take D3 as well. My vitamin D was 25 so I didn't have much of a choice. If you have health problems you have to do what will best benefit you. That being said, I try to make sure other supplements I buy are vegan and there is almost always a worthy substitute for things, thankfully. Flax is great but goes rancid extremely quickly so be careful. I would recommend taking freshly ground flax meal instead of the oil, and keeping it in the fridge.
 
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