I lowered my cholesterol 58 points in 2 months

by | Feb 8, 2009 | Memoir, Musings | 4 comments

When my doctor gave me “lipid panel” results from a Dec. 12 blood test, he suggested I consider taking statin drugs because my total cholesterol was at 261, and I have a family history of heart disease. I rarely even take cold medicine, so taking drugs every day to keep my cholesterol down isn’t something I want to do.

So, here’s what I did:

Stopped eating cheese almost entirely. I ate it maybe three times between Dec. 12 and Feb. 5, when I had my second blood test.

Starting having oatmeal every other morning for breakfast.

Added a whole clove of fresh garlic to a meal (after the meal was cooked so the garlic was raw) on the days I didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast.

Cut way back on eating omelettes and egg salad, having a serving of eggs less often than once a week.

Began incorporating a monounstaurated fatty acid (MUFA) into each meal. I used avocados, olives, peanut butter, almond butter, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and very dark chcoclate.

Got a pedometer and upped the number of steps I take in a day from about 3,000 to about 6,000.

Started using the elliptical trainer in our family room, maybe four times a week, sometimes only doing 10 to 15 minutes, other times doing 30 minutes.

Started listening to Learning Strategies Corp.’s “Perfect Health” CD either before I fall asleep or upon waking almost every day.

So, that’s it. This was fairly easy to do. I feel better overall, lost 10 lbs. in the process, and now have LDL at 127 and HDL at 64, which is a very good ration of “bad” to “good” cholesterol in addition to being what is considered to be a normal level of cholesterol. And it took less than two months.

I just thought it might be helpful information for anyone else whose cholesterol needs to come down.

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  1. David R. Galvan

    Thank You.. I am doing exactly what your doing to lower it with no meds. I will see on my next test ..

  2. Laura

    Good luck, David! I’ve been way too sedentary in the last couple of years. I’ll have to get moving more to stay healthy.

  3. Souvik Dutta

    Thank you for this story. My total cholesterol level is also 261. I follow what you did to lower my cholesterol

  4. Laura

    Good luck!


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