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How I Lowered My Cholesterol by 76 Points with no drugs: Just diet and exercise.

Updated on July 8, 2011

How I Lowered My Cholesterol 76 Points Without Drugs

Heredity is one of those concepts in life that you have to deal with whether you like it or not. If something runs in your family, you stand a good chance of getting that disease some time in your life. Unfortunately, for me, my father's side of the family has high cholesterol . My mother's side of the family suffers from heart disease. I have a nice wammy of getting a heart attack. I am also a very hard worker, so I know what I have to do in other to live a decent long life. I am in my mid 40s right now, so I am a little nervous. You never know that the future holds in store for you.

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  1. My cholesterol was 231 in 2003 and 155 in 2010
  2. I also bought this book and the advice was excellent and easy to follow.
  3. You need to drive down your cholesterol and not just prevent it.
  4. I believe that walking does not work to lower cholesterol. It only slows it down from getting worse.

My cholesterol was 231 in 2003 and 155 in 2010

In 2003, the doctor told me that my cholesterol was a 231. Right away, he wanted to put me on Lipitor. Some of my other family members were on it. I refused. I decided to eat better and exercise and I did NOT know how or where to start.

In 2010, my first cholesterol test since 2003, my cholesterol was a 155 and I did it I know you guys can as well. It is easier than you think.

Now, as I tried to figure this out, I decided to take up jogging and tennis and that I was going to eat more oatmeal. I know some of you hate oatmeal and jogging.

You need to drive down your cholesterol and not just prevent it.

Drive it down! Here is a great piece of advice for all of you dealing with heart disease and cholesterol issues: Once you get into a good and healthy routine, you are done with the struggle of trying to get there. I started jogging and now I can never stop.

Start jogging and eating plain oatmeal. You need to develop a diet and exercise program that literally drives the cholesterol down and not just prevents it. Tha

High-fiber foods that drive down your cholesterol:

Oatmeal is one of these foods that worked for me. Not the brown sugar cinnamon sugar garbage. I am talking about plain oatmeal. If you don't like it, stay with it as you will eventually acquire a taste for it. Those sugar oatmeal packages like Apple and Cinnamon or Strawberries and Cream are not good for you.

Beans are another great high-fiber food that drives down your cholesterol. It has soluble fiber which attacks bile in your liver, which is where the cholesterol starts in your body.

Apples are amazing as they too have a special type of fiber called pectin, which is in some shampoos. Pectin is a very powerful fiber. It actually grabs the fat in your arteries and drives it all the way out of your body, lowering your cholesterol on contact. Pears have pectin as well. Apples lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) while improving the HDL (good cholesterol)

Start jogging. I believe that walking does not work to lower cholesterol. It only slows it down from getting worse.

Most people say that there way of dieting and exercising is eating right and walking, but most people do not eat aggressively when trying to lower their cholesterol. Sorry folks, eating right is not always enough. I stepped up exercise to jogging and in the spring when it gets warmer, I feel like the sweat leaving my body takes the cholesterol with it. I just don't get that feeling from walking.

If jogging is not an option for you, then I would say walk, but I think we need cardio vascular exercise that is more aggressive like playing tennis. When I play tennis, I don't even feel like I am doing any work.

In a nutshell

That's it. jogging, playing tennis, and eating plain oatmeal worked for me and I continue to practice this habit.


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Nothing beats exercise and proper diet. It pys to have a positive outlook as well. :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, jpcmc. I agree, Yes, having a positive outlook is the best attitude.

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      yogaexpertsonline 5 years ago from California, USA

      That's true and if you follow a good yoga lessons then I think it would helps a lot. Great post keep it up!

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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Hey Palila, I am looking forward to reading your yoga hubs. I know nothing about yoga, so get those hubs out there so I can learn from the yoga expert ;)


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      Lady Summerset 5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Wow, I didn't know that about apples! I'm not a particular lover of them but think I will become now! Thanks for all the healthful information!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      OK. I eat oatmeal, and walk...I guess I will start jogging. Thanks!

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      @Lady Summerset: Yes, apples are not the best tasting fruit, but they are certainly one of the best for fighting cholesterol.

      @rebeccamealey: Everyone is different. I may pass you on the jogging path one day!

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