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Total Cholesterol 350!

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When I went gluten-free a couple years ago, my cholesterol levels (HDL/LDL) went down to normal. However, I took a home-cholesterol test today to see if my cholesterol is too low, and I got the shock of my life when it came out to 350! I thought maybe the test was screwed up, so I opened another package and did it again. Same results!

The test only does total cholesterol so I have to get to the doctor's office to see what the heck is going on. Has anyone else had normal levels and then a huge spike?

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When I went gluten-free a couple years ago, my cholesterol levels (HDL/LDL) went down to normal. However, I took a home-cholesterol test today to see if my cholesterol is too low, and I got the shock of my life when it came out to 350! I thought maybe the test was screwed up, so I opened another package and did it again. Same results!

The test only does total cholesterol so I have to get to the doctor's office to see what the heck is going on. Has anyone else had normal levels and then a huge spike?

Help

No, but mine has been going up every year, although very slowly. I have no idea why either, unless it's age. I don't eat much fat because my gall bladder does not like it at all! Definitely need a dr's look-see.

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Mine went down a little bit. 5 years ago, it was 228. This past Nov.--6 months gluten-free and 2 years dairy free--it was 213.

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Sorry, but a better diet and exercise does not always do the trick. It is sometimes hard to find meds that we can take or that work for any one individual. I am one of those that the docs are shaking their heads over. Just can't get my cholesterol down no matter what we try. It is that way with my entire family. Apparently there is a genetic component to cholesterol as well as celiac disease.

Discuss all the options with your doctor. Use common sense and do what you can do about the diet and exercise. Keep track of it and stay on top of it. You will eventually find what works for you.

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Cdford,

Sorry about my earlier post -- you are absolutely right.

I know it is genetic, I just hadn't heard of a cholesterol of 350 for folks that watch their diet and exercise -- After talking to my mom (Nurse), I was wrong. Furthermore, I am going to get mine tested now (I watch my diet and exercise every day -- now I am concerned)

My bad...

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Sorry

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The American Heart Assoc published a study in their publication "Circulation" which found that eating almonds reduced total cholesterol. I tried it and it worked for me (25 almonds/day, choles decreased from 215 to 167 linearly over two yrs). I recommended it to two friends and their choles went down by over 20% within 6 months (they said they ate more like 50+/day). The study found choles reduction proportional to the amount of almonds eaten. You can read the report at http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/10...=circulationaha

Love those almonds!

George

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