Please tell me what you know about how high cholesterol occurs and how it can be lowered. Thank you.
He eats everything healthy I give him. Infact, our diets are identical and I have low LDL.
So I get that high cholesterol is not necessarily a bad thing, but I don't know how to go about finding the underlying cause. He is healthier than me (I have digestive issues and am underweight). So I don't get it.
The only thing I know right now is to not stress about it too much. He did lower his egg intake...I eat and he used to eat 2 eggs per day (14/wk) so now he eats about 6 pr wk. Still more than his MD recommended 2 per week. Breakfast is usually oatmeal for him...still with butter. Haven't lowered meat or fat intake though his Dr told him to haha.
The other main thing is we both have desk jobs and are not very active, so we are trying to get good about exercising. I know that will help his cholesterol and my digestion, among other things.
Happily married to DH for 6 years, in process to foster-adopt 3 children DD4, DS3 and DS2. We may be bringing half brother age 9 one day as well! We are not infertile, we just have decided that since there are precious children who need homes there is no need for us to have biological children.
While we were trying to get it down, if I'm remembering right... he didn't restrict anything else he normally eats (like butter, eggs, meat etc.) but just made a point of eating oatmeal every day, walnuts and almonds and nut butters, avocado, and more fish than usual.
It did help with the numbers and we were able to lower our rate. We haven't paid any attention to cholesterol since then.
I don't believe that "high" cholesterol is in itself the risk factor that conventional medicine says it is. Persistently high levels might indicate a problem (like over 300 total), because the body responds to many different kinds of stress by making cholesterol, but just lowering blood cholesterol (by whatever means) doesn't fix the problem, and may in fact make it worse if the body needs that cholesterol, because it's a repair substance. Addressing the underlying problem can take many forms, depending on where the physical, psychological or emotional stress is coming from. Too much nutritionally-vacant food, especially refined carbs and highly-processed fats, can be the root of such stress, but so can a nearly endless list of other things.
The idea that carbs cause high LDL makes the most sense to me...
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Wow, I'm learning so much and it is startling, the misconceptions about cholesterol. From what I am reading, it looks like stress reduction is very important to having healthy cholesterol levels and that the body's high cholesterol response is an effect, not a cause, of the things that really trigger ill health.