I'm 21 and i have high cholesterol

  • gimmycool

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    May 16, 2010 8:22 AM GMT
    yep, you read it right I'm 21 and I have high cholesterol.

    I have extensive family history of high cholesterol and one of my cousins actually had stroke at 22. I have my cholesterol frequently monitored and last month's reading was 6.9.

    I have been trying hard to reduce my cholesterol problem but nothing seem to help. Doctor recommended me to take up medication(Lipitor) which I trying to avoid.

    I wasn't active before but trying to get into exercise routing but start to get lazy after awhile. And i'm on diet control without any fatty foods.

    really hope I don't have to resort to medications, any suggesting in anyway to reduce cholesterol level???icon_redface.gif
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    May 16, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    What is your current activity level and be honest.

    Would you also post your meal plan if you have one...

    A very important part of keeping your cholesterol count down as you stated is diet and exercise.
  • jtcrew65

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    May 16, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    high fiber diets will help, since fiber binds bile acids (which are how we process and secrete cholesterol), but if you're 21, have high cholesterol, and a family history that signficant, it's almost certainly genetic and probably will have to be managed with medication. Statins (like lipitor) are relatively safe drugs too. But to answer your question, high fiber diet (especially insoluble fiber), low cholesterol diet, and high exercise activity.
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    May 16, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    A few years ago, my doctor threatened to put me on drugs if I didn't get my cholesterol down. In two years I reduced my total cholesterol number down by 17%. I'm still a bit higher than I want to be, but at least I am not longer a candidate for drugs.

    First off I started doing cardio 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. I stopped eating almost any fast food. Whenever I eat out I will ask for no cheese or mayonnaise. I never order anything with a cream sauce. I eat oatmeal or some other whole grain cereal every day.

    These things can help but if your cholesterol levels are mainly brought on by hereditary causes, then you may not have much luck. You may not like being on medication, but it's better than having a heart attack or stroke in your 30s or 40s.