The most important part of lowering cholesterol is a low fat diet, especially low in trans fats and saturated fats. Look at the ‘Nutrition Facts’ posted on all food product packages and choose foods that are low in Cholesterol. Eat less than 200 mg of Cholesterol a day. Watch your intake of carbohydrates and sugar as well. Eat foods high in soluble fiber. a dietician could counsel you, or you can just go online and look up ‘cholesterol’. It’s all there.
It can be done without medication, but it’s believed that it takes three years to lower your cholesterol by diet alone the same amount that the medication will do it in a few months. Faster is better if your levels are high.
I just had a TIA (‘warning’ mini-stroke) at the age of 61 and am more worried about getting my Cholesteral levels down quickly than about how I do it. There’s nothing more terrifying than having an arm and a leg suddenly become paralysed and wondering if you’re going to go on to have a fullblown stroke, lose consciousness, or just die before you can get help. All I care about is being sure it never happens again….so I’m taking the medications as well as changing my eating habits.
So there’s still hope that you can lower it by diet alone…of course you can, but you might want to do it sooner than later just to be safe. |Heredity, age and lifestyle all play a part. Good luck and I hope things go well for you.