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Last week my doctor put me on Lipitor for high cholesterol and I am not even 30!! I have been a lacto ovo veggie for 21 years and I am somewhat shocked. I hardly eat cheese, never eat greasy foods, don't eat eggs, when I do drink milk (which is not often) it is fat free skim and I excercise all the time. My doctor explained to me that cholesterol is 20% determined by what you eat (and your lifestyle habits) and 80% hereditary. (I googled this info and found other sites that stated the same percentages).<br><br><br><br>
Bottom line...my family has a long, long, long line of relatives with heart problems and high cholesterol. I guess I was doomed to begin with. None the less, it is very frustrating seeing as there really isn't much I can do about it and I REALLY hate going on medication.<br><br><br><br>
Just wondering, has anyone else tried any medicine from health stores. I know there are some out there; however, the ones I found at the local health store are made with gelatin capsules (go figure) so I really don't want to take those either.<br><br><br><br>
Any suggestions?
 

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I'm in the same geneological boat as you, and am on Lipitor right now. It has lowered my cholesterol substantially. I decided a couple of months ago, however, that if I'm going to abuse my liver, I would rather do it with alcohol rather than blood-tweaking meds, so I've gone vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I've lost 20 pounds and am pretty close to my ideal weight. My blood pressure is down. My next blood test is in a couple of months, so I'll let you know.
 

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My mother was able to lower her cholersterol without medication; I can ask her what worked for her! I'll get back to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Is your high cholesterol putting you at risk, or is it just high?<br><br><br><br>
It is okay to have high cholesterol **IF** it is hereditary and is not affecting your physical health. One of my aunts has cholesterol levels over 300 and is in her 70s - and is in great shape. She eats well and exercises every day. Cholesterol runs high in my family (mine's high too) but if your HDL's are high, you're okay. It's your LDL's and triglycerides you want to really watch.
 

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I have heard that sea kelps are good for lowering cholesterol (LDL) and I'm pretty sure you can get these in pressed tablets, not with geletin!?<br><br>
good luck :)
 

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There has been a recent review of the literature that was originally used to determine the levels at which LDL cholesterol should be, and it turns out that there doesn't seem to really be any evidence for them to be as low as the current recommendations are. Sounds to me that someone got paid off by a drug company to fudge the results <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
In any event, you can take a look at the abstract <a href="http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/abstract/145/7/520" target="_blank">here</a>, and maybe bring it up to your doctor and see what he/she thinks.
 

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wow, ya'll said it for me.<br><br><br><br>
and even the idea that statins might be inappropriate. . .<br><br><br><br>
i'm so happy. i don't have to trot out all the research.
 

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I have high cholesterol as a "scant" lacto-ovo veg (meaning I don't often eat things with dairy/eggs). I've had high cholesterol since I was a kid. It's genetic. But my ratio is 3:1, which is really good. So far no one's put me on meds, and I don't think I'd take them if I wasn't having any other negative effects from the cholesterol.
 

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Just wondering, has anyone else tried any medicine from health stores. I know there are some out there; however, the ones I found at the local health store are made with gelatin capsules (go figure) so I really don't want to take those either.<br><br><br><br>
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I highly recommend "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis and James Balch. It has a long list of supplements, regular foods, etc. that will help lower cholesterol. I have also used it for my asthma, my husband's HBP, and my father's psoriasis. Everyone of us has improved.
 

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Hey everybody...Please read Cholesterol Protection for Life by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. It will clear up a lot of questions for ya all. Just buy it at his website.
 

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For what it's worth:<br><br><br><br>
I've been on Lipitor for my "genetic" high cholesterol, and it has done reasonably well.<br><br><br><br>
I went vegan about 3 months ago, just got my blood tested, and today went to see my doctor. In 3 months my cholesterol has dropped to 66 LDL and my HDL has more than doubled to 51. My doctor can't believe I'm not exercising and says he has never seen such a dramatic change.<br><br><br><br>
We are both tempted to take me off Lipitor altogether, but agreed that it would be wisest to cut my dosage in half and check levels again in 3 more months.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, I've lost over 30 pounds in the process.<br><br><br><br>
Next, I'm going to start exercising more. I think I'll be down to 180 in short time - where I was at 20 years old. I'm starting to think that the genetically high BP and cholesterol is a lot more overstated than I previously believed.
 

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For what it's worth:<br><br><br><br>
I've been on Lipitor for my "genetic" high cholesterol, and it has done reasonably well.<br><br><br><br>
I went vegan about 3 months ago, just got my blood tested, and today went to see my doctor. In 3 months my cholesterol has dropped to 66 LDL and my HDL has more than doubled to 51. My doctor can't believe I'm not exercising and says he has never seen such a dramatic change.<br><br><br><br>
We are both tempted to take me off Lipitor altogether, but agreed that it would be wisest to cut my dosage in half and check levels again in 3 more months.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, I've lost over 30 pounds in the process.<br><br><br><br>
Next, I'm going to start exercising more. I think I'll be down to 180 in short time - where I was at 20 years old. I'm starting to think that the genetically high BP and cholesterol is a lot more overstated than I previously believed.</div>
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Wow! Congrats on the improvements! That is truly amazing.. let's hope you can get off of the Lipitor completely at some point <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Cholestoff! Worked great for me. I'm 52, and since my 30s, my Cholesterol has been between 190 and 220. I exercise extensively, and even ride centuries on my bike, and try to eat "Low Fat", with almost all of the fat from vegetable sources.<br><br><br><br>
A friend of mine recently recommended Benecol, which is a margarine-like spread, whose active ingredient is plant stanols (about 4x what you'd get naturally in vegetables). I'm not really a "margarine person", so I did some research, and found that I could save a lot of money by getting the Stanols in a tablet form with Cholestoff. I've taken it (1/2 the prescribed dosage, only 900 mg daily, and sometimes I forget) for the last year, and had my cholesterol checked about a month ago. I expected more of the same (190-220), but it was at 159! I recommend not to take Lipitor or other Statins. Try the Cholestoff by Nature Made....
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jim Gagnepain</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Cholestoff! Worked great for me. I'm 52, and since my 30s, my Cholesterol has been between 190 and 220. I exercise extensively, and even ride centuries on my bike, and try to eat "Low Fat", with almost all of the fat from vegetable sources.<br><br><br><br>
A friend of mine recently recommended Benecol, which is a margarine-like spread, whose active ingredient is plant stanols (about 4x what you'd get naturally in vegetables). I'm not really a "margarine person", so I did some research, and found that I could save a lot of money by getting the Stanols in a tablet form with Cholestoff. I've taken it (1/2 the prescribed dosage, only 900 mg daily, and sometimes I forget) for the last year, and had my cholesterol checked about a month ago. I expected more of the same (190-220), but it was at 159! I recommend not to take Lipitor or other Statins. Try the Cholestoff by Nature Made....</div>
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Interesting. Are you vegan?
 

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I agree with my3sons - Read Cholesterol Protection For Life and "Heart Attack Proof Your body" with 100% certainty!<br><br><br><br>
This book will keep you off cholesterol lowering drugs for life!<br><br>
I think the 80% genetics is false since Dr. Fuhrman has NEVER had one patient who eats a healthy vegan or near-vegan diet have a heart attack in over 15 years of medical practice.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to heart attack proof yourself then read "Cholesterol Protection for Life".
 

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Interesting. Are you vegan?</div>
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No, although I enjoy all the vegan products. If I eat non-vegan, it's almost always the "No" or "Low" fat varieties.
 
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