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How is it possible that after 2 years of being gluten-free and dairy free that my lipid panel (cholesterol, tryglycerides etc) are soooo elevated that in 3 mo. time if there is no change i need to go on statins....I'm a 49 year old female, exercise, weight normal...are genetics dooming me! Anyone else as frustrated???

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Unfortunately, there isn't any one thing that causes or prevents anything - all the different systems in the body are connected, and many different factors can influence your lipid levels. Your genetic makeup - some people just naturally have higher lipid levels than others; your diet - the amount of red meat, fish, types and kinds of oils, etc. can all influence your lipid levels. And everyone is not the same. For instance, the amount of cholesterol I need to eat as part of my diet may be very different from the amount you need. Take just one factor, like red meat. Some people cut down on meat to lower their cholesterol, and find that without an intake of meat, their bodies go into overdrive to produce cholesterol and their numbers actually rise. Other people HAVE to lower the amount of meat in order to lower their numbers. And that's just one factor.

You might take a look at your overall diet, and see if there is either an absence or abundance of one type of food. If so, tweaking that might help. And look at your Omega 3 and 6 oils, especially the ratio between them.

Sorrynot to be more help, but there are so many different things that can affect your numbers, there is no one easy answer.

Debbie

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