250 as of Columbus Day; it was only 210 exactly one year earlier. The doc said this is the level at which they normally suggest medication to lower cholesterol. I said I really didn’t want to start to take daily meds, and deal with daily side-effects. (In the interest of full disclosure, I totally neglected to tell him that I frequently take daily meds, like M or Alpha Male or TRIBEX or RED KAT, or occasionally HOT-ROX.)
He was willing to let me try to change my cholesterol through diet, because EVERY other indicator he had showed that I was healthy: blood sugar, liver function, kidney function, all “perfect” (his word). It’s obvious that I exercise, and that I normally eat decently, since even triglycerides were only 64, which he found remarkably low considering the high cholesterol level. I’m going for another blood test in January.
So…I’ve cut down on red meat and started relying more on chicken; just started having a bowl of Arrowhead Mills oats for breakfast (pre-workout) because of fiber (and ZEB said in a recent post something about oats actually raising HDL), started ordering big salads at Champp’s instead of the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger; started taking Barlean’s flax oil capsules (hoping that they do some good, because I don’t want to swallow the liquid form); take fiber capsules regularly.
I’m not doing anything radical (like becoming a vegetarian, or carrying a refrigerated bottle of flax oil with me everywhere), because I don’t want to “do the right thing” just to beat the January test; I want to incorporate changes in my diet that I can live with for the next 40 years.
Any suggestions? Amendments? Rips or rants? Hell, I’d even take a humorous hijack.
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