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Cholesterol and Diet questions

Apparently, my piss poor diet consists of too much bad cholesterol and not enough good cholesterol. In the past I've eaten a lot of crappy foods. (pizza, burgers, etc.) My counts are on the high side and my doctor has suggested a better diet. What are some types of foods that will help? Suggested healthy diet?
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Stop eating all that shit man!!
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Eat some oatmeal. I have a bowl a day.

I need to have mine checked again. I'm in the 160 range, but my good/bad was bad.

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Add red yeast rice to your diet with Omega 3 and Flax oil.

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Well, I've obviously been trying not to eat pizza and burgers anymore, but am mostly curious how much lower I can get it between now and my next blood test. (6 months). It was in the 180 range. I've always been a carnivore and could usually care less about side items. Guess I need to change that.... and YES, I'm getting old. Just don't wanna have a heart attack or something by the time I'm 50...hell, that's only 3 more years... LMAO!
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Yes, I forgot about the oatmeal thing. Eat that stuff a few times a week.
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The Effect of Smoking on Cholesterol:

Increase in bad cholesterol or LDL: Low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol can build up on the walls of the arteries. This buildup of cholesterol which is known as plaque, is the main culprit of heart disease. The buildup of plaque blocks the blood flow to the arteries, resulting in atherosclerosis and heart disease. Smoking elevates the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and greatly increases the risk of heart disease


Decrease in good cholesterol or HDL: High Density Lipoprotein(HDL) or good cholesterol carries the cholesterol away from the arteries to the liver, from where the cholesterol can be passed away. Smoking decreases the HDL cholesterol levels in the body. Hence, it greatly increases the risk of heart disease
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Yeah... he's been encouraging me to quit smoking and exercise regularly as well... I wasn't sure how the above affects cholestorol counts, but obviously it would make me more healthy. I guess it's all related....
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Thats the number one thing that you can do to decrease your chance for having an MI in the next 10yrs....keep smoking and I can guarantee that you will be coming to see one of my colleagues in the near future. Put the fuckers down, start exercising, and decrease your saturated fat intake. You do have a reason to live dont you? I cant tell...
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Greg, you can probably relate to me on the diet thing. I'm thin, have high metabolism, and have never looked the worse for eating shit. HOWEVER, I guess it's jacking up my blood!

Davbrucas...thanks for the annoyingly sharp words.....
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180 isn't a high number. What's your HDL, that's a bigger issue. Everyone focuses on LDL, but the ratio of HDL to LDL is what matters the most. Years ago, 230 was considered high, then we came out with tons of cholesterol drugs. Now it's much lower so we can put more people on perscriptions.

As a previous poster mention, throw in fish oil: http://www.dpsnutrition.net/get_item_pe158.htm

My favorite MRP just released: http://www.dpsnutrition.net/get_item_pe160.htm

Oatmeal is great at breakfast, need to have some sort of protein source with it ideally. There are tons of cheap protein powders you could drink. Throw in some almonds as well with this meal. For idiot proof oatmeal:

Get 1 minute oatmeal. Use 1/2 cup with 1 cup of water (roughly). Microwave for 90 seconds. Use 6 packs of splenda and 2 packs of sweet-n-low. Go to walmart and buy frozer bluberries. Throw in a handfull. Throw in some almonds (around 12) and drink a protein shake. That's a great breakfast. You can also use this same meal after working out if you wish.

I travel a lot, hence the link to the solution-5 mrp. Has EFA's, excellent protein, good fiber and 5 servings of fruits/veggies in it. I use their fish oil because I prefer a higher DHA content fish oil. Also doesn't give me the burps.

It should be noted, you need to exercise.
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Oatmeal is great at breakfast, need to have some sort of protein source with it ideally. There are tons of cheap protein powders you could drink. Throw in some almonds as well with this meal. For idiot proof oatmeal:


It should be noted, you need to exercise.

I like wheat germ for this one...

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180 isnt a high number but when your LDL is 70% of it and you have other risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, family history, etc...it is a big deal and needs to be addressed now. Have you heard of Framingham Study...Doug, go here and figure out your 10yr risk for MI...
http://www.mcw.edu/display/docid3131.htm
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Thanks for the link. I don't have the numbers here with me, but would be interested to see the results....
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Found my last test results:

Total Cholesterol 221 mg/dl
HDL 46 mg/dl
Triglycerides 193mg/dl
LDL 136 mg/dl

Chol/HDLC Ratio 4.8
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