RE: Lowering Cholesterol
Posted Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 8:25 AM
Cholesterol is produced in the body naturally, it is necessary for certain functions. Unfortunately, some bodies produce more cholesterol than others. One thing you want to check is not just the total cholesterol but the individual parts of the whole - what is your HDL? LDL? triglycerides? etc. If one looks at just the total cholesterol number, I would be considered borderline high. But, my doctor knows well enough to ignore that - why? Because my HDL value is significantly higher than the standard minimum, so that throws off the total even though it's a good thing. (HDL runs 60-70, women should be > 50) The total cholesterol number is some arcane calculation of HDL, LDL, triglycerides and other lipids in the blood (it's not just straight addition, it's some sort of weighted value).
Also, you might look at what you're eating in general - it's possible to be an unhealthy vegan. For example, partially hydrogenated soybean oil is vegan - but not healthy. Hubby also has high cholesterol and oats really help. Years ago, before being vegetarian much less vegan, he spent about 4 months eating oatmeal (rolled oats, not instant) for breakfast every day - it's cold in New England in winter so he liked a hot breakfast. Lo and behold when he had his cholesterol checked again in the spring, it had dropped significantly (as in, the doctor did a double take when he looked at the test results!) But, even with oats, exercise (which raises HDL), and veg*n eating, his cholesterol profile is still out of whack - that's the action of heredity (his parents, grandparents, uncles, all pretty much had/have cholesterol issues).