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ok i went for blood work on tuesday. i havent had any since 2005. back then i still ate eggs and lots of cheese,<br><br>
i stopped eggs about a year ago, and drastically cut down on dairy when i joined this board back in april.........i am almost dairy free, still some on occasion,<br><br>
i have been also trying to follow the dr. fuhrman eat to live plan...........but anyway this is my results of changing my diet<br><br>
total cholesterol in 2005 was 215 .......now its........182<br><br>
HDL (good cholesterol) was 57........now.......72........( this is the one you want to be high)<br><br>
LDL was 132........now........95<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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ok i went for blood work on tuesday. i havent had any since 2005. back then i still ate eggs and lots of cheese,<br><br>
i stopped eggs about a year ago, and drastically cut down on dairy when i joined this board back in april.........i am almost dairy free, still some on occasion,<br><br>
i have been also trying to follow the dr. fuhrman eat to live plan...........but anyway this is my results of changing my diet<br><br>
total cholesterol in 2005 was 215 .......now its........182<br><br>
HDL (good cholesterol) was 57........now.......72........( this is the one you want to be high)<br><br>
LDL was 132........now........95<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"></div>
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Amazing!! Great Job BonoLuvr!!
 

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Great! Since I've become a vegan my total cholesterol keeps going down too. I don't know what it was before I went vegan, but after one year of being vegan, my total cholesterol was 124. Six months after that it was 113, and now a year after that, it's 110. My HDL and LDL have also improved. It's great. I've also noticed a big difference in my blood pressure.
 

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congrats! thats awesome!<br><br><br><br>
i just got mine checked again since going mostly vegan... i cant wait to get the results!
 

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Why doesn't this work for me?<br><br>
4 yrs of an almost vegan diet, 12 yrs vegetarian, and total is still up in the 200's.<br><br>
My liver just loooves making cholesterol!<br><br><br><br>
Good for you though. It's easier than having doctors bug you about something that's beyond your control.
 

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awesome rawgirl! thats great,<br><br>
i know i hope it goes even lower the longer i am eating this way!<br><br><br><br>
rabid, how are all your other numbers? yours might be a case of genetics and if it is sometimes only meds lower it. do others in your family have high chol too?
 

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awesome rawgirl! thats great,<br><br>
i know i hope it goes even lower the longer i am eating this way!<br><br><br><br>
rabid, how are all your other numbers? yours might be a case of genetics and if it is sometimes only meds lower it. do others in your family have high chol too?</div>
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Yea, my mom does. My numbers have been high since before puberty, lol. They didn't send me the results in the mail last time like I asked... but the time I had it done before then I had a 3:1 ratio, which is better than ideal. I refuse to take meds for it. :p
 

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Great news! Keep up the good work! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and cooked oil contribute to high levels of bad cholesterol... This could be the cause of yours rabid child.<br><br><br><br>
Cholesterol has to do with hormones in the body. Some of it is natural and normal and produced from fatty food with good fat...Too much of it and too much bad fat is not great for cholesterol.
 

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Why doesn't this work for me?<br><br>
4 yrs of an almost vegan diet, 12 yrs vegetarian, and total is still up in the 200's.<br><br>
My liver just loooves making cholesterol!<br><br><br><br>
Good for you though. It's easier than having doctors bug you about something that's beyond your control.</div>
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Rabid_child, you might want to take a look at the book 'Cholesterol Protection for Life' by Dr. Fuhrman. You might find something in there that would help you. The book is short and seems to cover the whole gamut of options for cholesterol lowering, although I'll admit I haven't read it totally thoroughly. There are some natural things you can do to help lower the cholesterol, in conjunction with a vegan diet. As you probably know, I think very highly of Dr. Fuhrman, and I feel pretty sure that if anyone could figure out the solution to your problem it would be him.<br><br><br><br>
Bonoluvr, Way to go!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!
 

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Hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and cooked oil contribute to high levels of bad cholesterol... This could be the cause of yours rabid child.<br><br><br><br>
Cholesterol has to do with hormones in the body. Some of it is natural and normal and produced from fatty food with good fat...Too much of it and too much bad fat is not great for cholesterol.</div>
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I don't eat things with hydrogenated oils or trans fats, and I use only extra virgin olive oil or canola oil for cooking. Mostly the former. I can't actually eat fried/oily/high fat foods because my stomach gets VERY upset, so I use minimal oil in things. BUT, I don't want to hijack this thread with my wacky cholesterol. Just saying a vegan diet doesn't necessarily mean low cholesterol. Glad it did for the OP though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<b>bonoluvr</b>, That is great news about your cholesterol level coming down so nicely. Most people feel great and improve their health (including lab results) when following Dr. Fuhrman's plan (Eat To Live).<br><br><br><br><b>rabid_child</b>, I second veganclaudia's recommendation to read Cholesterol Protection for Life, a book that contains much helpful information.
 

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rabid if your total is high but your other numbers are good ( LDL low and HDL high etc) and the ratio is good, then i wouldnt worry,<br><br>
you may have genetics to blame for your situation.
 

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The same thing happened to me, accept that I cut out all milk and milk ingredients at once, when I found out I had an allergy to milk protein. My cholesterol was 240 (even though I am a healthy eater and weight) with LDL of 200. They told me my cholesterol was hereditary, and were ready to put me on meds at just 27. It had been that high for several years.<br><br><br><br>
I quit ALL dairy (reading ingredient labels, the works), and within one month, it dumped to 140 total, no joke. It never went back up (I am still dairy-free) and my LDL is now only 80. There was absolutely nothing else I changed about my diet. I got my high cholesterol family members to trial cutting milk and it worked for them too. I have been so curious if there is a milk-cholesterol connection for other people outside of my family as well.
 

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amsnv.......that is great that your chol came down so far!<br><br>
I am working on removing all dairy........i really believe the change in mine is from cutting out the cheese.........i do think dairy fat is one of the worst and your results and others like me having good results shows it!<br><br>
I will be anxious to see my results next time, to see if it comes down even further, before then i am really going to get all dairy out........i have been doing really good with it, and i used to be the biggest cheese lover, but now all i can think of is the gross fat in it! i did have some fat free cheese last week, but it doesnt taste good so its not even worth it.<br><br>
i am just finding ways to live without it!<br><br>
thats awesome the results you had, and it is encouraging!
 

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Congrats Bonoluvr! I went veg to lower my cholesterol as well. My triglycerides were 289 and my HDL was only 30, so that is why I had to do something. My LDL was in an acceptable range, 114 if I remember correctly, so my goal is to dump the triglycerides down and bump up the HDL. This was just a few weeks back, and I'll get some new tests in about a month to see if I have made any progress.<br><br><br><br>
Going dairy free has been the hardest part here as well, because of the cheese. I used to be a cheese freak.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> All you can seem to do is just get by without it. I've been trying out the nutritional yeast alternative and it's a nice flavor to add to things, but I try not to use very much of it because I understand it can become toxic after just a couple tablespoons.
 

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Congrats Bonoluvr! I went veg to lower my cholesterol as well. My triglycerides were 289 and my HDL was only 30, so that is why I had to do something. My LDL was in an acceptable range, 114 if I remember correctly, so my goal is to dump the triglycerides down and bump up the HDL. This was just a few weeks back, and I'll get some new tests in about a month to see if I have made any progress.<br><br><br><br>
Going dairy free has been the hardest part here as well, because of the cheese. I used to be a cheese freak.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> All you can seem to do is just get by without it. I've been trying out the nutritional yeast alternative and it's a nice flavor to add to things, but I try not to use very much of it because I understand it can become toxic after just a couple tablespoons.</div>
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I don't believe that nutritional yeast becomes toxic after a few tbsps... especially because cheese replacing recipes call for CUPS of the stuff.
 

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I suppose "toxic" may not be the best word to use, but it raises the level of uric acid in your bloodstream, and they do not recommend having more than 2 or 3 tablespoons per day. Here's a few links with some info.<br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/jo/qa/qanyeast.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/jo/qa/qanyeast.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/vegetarian_cooking_lifestyle/64290" target="_blank">http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/...ifestyle/64290</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vegetarianorganiclife.com/9.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegetarianorganiclife.com/9.htm</a>
 
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