December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm #256196
I must have a horrible nasty person in a previous life!
About six years ago I was told I had elevated cholesterol, not high, but elevated. Since my Father had died of heart disease we, Doc and I, thought it a good idea to eliminate fats from my diet. Gone were many of the nice things and reduced were many others. As a result my cholesterol levels droped.
Some months ago I decided I was gluten intolerant so I cut out all pastries, biscuits and cakes completely; anything that contains gluten.
Last week I had another blood test done, the results showed elevated cholesterol levels; give me a break. The doctor said to cut out all dairy things like cheese, yoghurt and the like. He added that even the “good” oils like Olive and Peanut are still fats and I need to reduce these as much as possible too.
It seems like I destined to go on a bread and water diet; except I can’t have the bread. I figured I’m going to live a long and healthy life; even if I die next month it’ll seem like a long life!December 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm #515752mudhenMember
I feel for you! I’m thankful for my dad’s genes and this has never been a problem for me, though my DH has been told to watch his diet re cholesterol.
I subscribe to Dr Peter Dingle’s e-newsletters, which I find very informative. My DH is not into it at all, he’s happy to go with what his Dr suggests, and I’m thankful they haven’t suggested he go on the cholesterol drugs.
Here’s a link to his blogspot with recent articles on cholesterol: http://drpeterdingle.blogspot.com/2011/11/dr-dingles-workplace-wellness-brochure.html#uds-search-results
And there’s this too: http://changinghabits.com.au/Default.aspx?SiteSearchID=-1&ID=/searchresultsDecember 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm #515753marzMember
just trying post=331972 wrote: Some months ago I decided I was gluten intolerant so I cut out all pastries, biscuits and cakes completely; anything that contains gluten.
Why did you ‘decide’ you were gluten intolerant? It’s a very serious illness that can’t be self-diagnosed. I believe too many people these days think they have illnesses and too many doctors put labels on things when they don’t really know what’s wrong. Just keep to a good healthy diet of fruits and veggies and the occasional cake/biscuit won’t hurt. Everything in moderation is the general rule.December 6, 2011 at 12:27 am #515754bushyMember
Why did you ‘decide’ you were gluten intolerant? It’s a very serious illness that can’t be self-diagnosed. I believe too many people these days think they have illnesses and too many doctors put labels on things when they don’t really know what’s wrong. Just keep to a good healthy diet of fruits and veggies and the occasional cake/biscuit won’t hurt. Everything in moderation is the general rule.
Here here Marz, very true wordsDecember 6, 2011 at 8:26 am #515755
Marz and Bushy,
I can understand your skepticism on self diagnosis, I’m sure many people in our community develop weird and wonderful conditions after reading symptoms in a magazine.
I have enjoyed a relatively healthy life except for a few hiccups along the way and still do for the most part. My self diagnosis came after a couple of years of feeling nauseous after eating some foods, bloating after some meals and other less mentionable symptoms.
The bloating and nausea was most noticeable after cakes, biscuits and pasties. I decided to eliminate those things from my diet as a trail; just to see what happened. Within a week I was feeling better overall. Gone was the bloating, and the nauseous feelings had significantly reduced. After a month or so all bloating and nausea had gone and the less mentionable symptoms had also greatly improved. I feel better overall and I’ve even lost a couple of kilos.
I have spoken to the doctor about the possibility of my being gluten intolerant, and having described the symptoms before and the changes since going gluten free he agreed I was “most probably gluten intolerant”. He added that since I had gone gluten free I could not easily be tested.
Going gluten free has meant I now eat a healthier diet with less processed foods, less manufactured foods. We are careful about what is in our foods in the way of preservatives and colorings. Both DW and I have lost weight and are generally feeling better overall.
I cannot say withh 100% surety I am gluten intolerant, I’m not that good; however I feel significantly better since removing gluten from my diet, and that people is good enough for me.December 6, 2011 at 10:37 am #515756gremmblesMember
Due to a family member having a rare artery condition, we have learned a bit about cholesterol. I am on way to work so I need to keep this brief.
1. don’t believe everything your doctor tells you. Do your own research.
2. Cholesterol is only one of thousands of risk factors for heart disease. It is not THE cause of heart disease. Creased earlobes are also a risk factor in heart disease but big pharma hasn’t worked out a way to medicate for it.
3. Over 80% of the cholesterol in your body is produced by liver and has absolutely nothing to do with what you eat (or at least not in the way that you think that it does). Cutting out saturated fats will lower your cholesterol by about 10%!
4. Plant materials do not contain cholesterol as plants don’t have livers.
5. Cholesterol is essential to a healthy body. It is vital for cell membranes, hormone production and neurotransmitters. yes, you cholesterol can be too low.
6. Statins can have very dangerous side effects. If you experience any muscle pain/weakness or clumsiness, stop taking them immediately.
For further information Sandra Cabot has written a wonderful book called Cholesterol The real Truth. There is another good one called Put your heart in your mouth by Natasha Campbell McBride. Also you could look at http://www.mercola.com and search for his articles on cholesterol.
Research research, research………Find the answer that works for you and it probably isn’t in a bottle of prescription meds.
And going gluton free is great for lowering cholesterol. Google the Wheatbelly blog for further info on why wheat leads to higher cholesterol.
PS: this was not short. :shrug:December 6, 2011 at 11:02 am #515757
I agree with grembles …….. do you own research and hopefully you wont get sucked into the giant money making cholesterol scam 👿December 6, 2011 at 11:08 am #515758sue eMember
I read a book called”Sweet Poison” a while ago and it described symptoms similar to yours and to what I was suffering for a long time. It spoke about fructose as being the culprit and of how it is more and more commonly being used in processed food. It was quite involved describing various types of sugar and how to differentiate betwen them all so I just gave up sugar full stop. I have had the improvement in my health as well, with the bloating and other unpleasant(unmentionable) stopping completely within a few days and I lost 3 kgs without any effort. My appetite became under control and I eat what I want when i want with the exception of sugar.and although fruit is fructose it is fine as its in combination with lots of fibre. I have undergone a bit of turmoil in recent weeks with a death in my family so my eating has gone somewhat astray and all my symptoms have returned- I realize a lot of this is also due to stress but I know that it is time to get myself back on track as I am feeling like crap.So for me I think it is the processed foods that are becoming so predominant in our food chain that is probably one of the reasons that general health is deteriorating. So whether its gluten or sugar or trans fats or a combination of all three we all need to be eating a fresh, clean(chemical free) diet for better health.
Thats just my thoughts anyway! :shrug:December 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm #515759
Sue E, GGang, Gremmbles;
I agree what you are saying. My cholesterol is elevated but not high.
The Doctor told me diet is only part of the equation as genetics play a big part in determining cholesterol levels, for this reason I have not be advised to medicate; my prescribe option was to reduce by diet.
I have no intentions of cutting out all cholesterol containing foods as this would probably see me starve to death.
My intentions are quite simple. Use low fat foods where possible, don’t over indulge in anything. Eat a diet full of fresh fruit and veggies and lean meat. In other words a good healthy diet.
The gluten free part of my diet is more by choice than advice; however if I feel better for it ( and I do) then I will continue.
PS, Sue E, my condolences on your resent loss.December 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm #515760
To date, there are no less than 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to diabetes, to birth defects and increased cancer risk.
Statins May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
One recent study sought to determine whether the use of statin drugs was associated with prostate cancer risk.
The researchers looked at close to 400 prostate cancer patients who had a first-time diagnosis during the period between 2005 and 2008.
They found that use of any statin drug, in any amount, was associated with a significantly increased risk for prostate cancer. In addition, there was an increasing risk that came along with an increasing cumulative dose.December 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm #515761marzMember
Phew, I thought I was going to get shot down in flames 🙂 I didn’t mention that my sister and sister-in-law both swallowed medical dictionaries when they were little and hence have, over the years, had every disease/condition known to man – which p’s me off, so I do tend to jump on my high horse when people self-diagnose. Sorry if I did offend anyone. :wave:
Also, anytime you change your diet, you do feel better because you are putting different things in so your body has to work differently, hence the weight loss too.
Anyway, glad to hear you are feeling better now.December 7, 2011 at 9:45 am #515762gremmblesMember
Sue e; I loved the book Sweet Poison. So informative.
Ggang. My husband started to develop generalised myopathy as a result of statin medication. If he continued to take it he would have died of cardiomypathy……….So much for statins preventing heart disease!December 7, 2011 at 11:00 am #515763AndreKeymaster
Hmm .. I’m no health expert, so will remain ‘Switzerland’ on this. 😉
Several years ago, a mate of mine was told he had very high cholesterol and was thusly prescribed various medication which reduced his cholesterol significantly – after which he became very ill.
It turned out -at least for him- his body/metabolism functioned very nicely on his ‘high cholesterol.’
What I’m saying is, we are all individuals (no Monty Python references 😛 ) and what works for one doesn’t mean it will work for all.
I also believe that, in all but the most extreme circumstances, if YOU believe the ‘treatment’ (whether that be medication, diet etc) will work, then chances are, it will.
:whistle:December 7, 2011 at 11:18 am #515764
grembles similar thing hppened to my husband …… he got numb hands, I told him it was statins but the doc wouldnt believe it ……. so he stopped them and changed to a holistic GP who said have 1 tablespoon of psyllium a day and eat handful of nuts !! his cholesterol is fine now :laugh:December 8, 2011 at 12:36 am #515765uglybettyMember
This is a good summary!
ps fat is good for you, especially saturated. check out Dr Natasha Campbell McBride and the GAPS protocol!
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