My my LDL was 194.
Well finally, here's a thread where I'm right at home; mirrors my history.
Last October, my total cholesterol was measured at 312. Triglycerides were 535 (have been over 1000 a couple of years earlier - yes really). My Doctor basically suggested I get my Will up to date. He also prescribed "Tricor" to me. I reluctantly took the bloody stuff, as I knew I was not in very good shape, but for me, it was the catalyst I needed to make some life-style changes.
In January, I had the blood-chemistry remeasured - Total Cholesterol was down to 139 and Tri's were 79. Hoohah, as the Marines might say!?
What happened? Well the drugs must have helped, but to quote my Doc - he's "never seen anyone's blood chemistry improve by that much in such a short space of time". Here's what I did over and above the drugs:
I became a hampster - I ran up to 35 miles a week on a treadmill (including three half marathons).
I lost a lot of fat and some muscle - couldn't do one pull-up (can now do 12, and I'm still working this).
Never fear, I am a Bowflex owner, so in addition to the running, I did some "weight training" (no don't laugh, it really was better than nothing!). I regained some strength.
I started eating healthy (per Mens Health magazine, and every darn book and web-link I could find) - to say the least, my knowledge of nutrition was turned upside down!
I came of the Tricor drugs at Doc's suggestion in January, by the way.
In May, my Doc remeasured my blood: Total Chol = 168 (up a little), Tri's 93 (up a little). Both are still pretty good. Blood Pressure went down from 130/80 to 108/66 (now that was the result of real weight training - not the Bowflex).
I also now have a power rack, Oly bar, lat tower, blah blah etc. and the Bowflex is for sale
Running is also down from last year - I aim to keep what little muscle I have and am trying to build more.
For weight-training ideas, see what the experts here have told you - for cleaning out your blood, my experience at age 44 (then) is quite relevant me-thinks.
Clearly, Cardio can murder cholesterol and Tri's, but the diet is at least 50% of the equation - everything you need to know is on this web site.