Holy mother of god but there are some really ignorant posts on here spreading more disinformation, and then there's what these 'experts' are trying to say in the article.
First of all, there is such a thing as good cholesterol and bad. LDL is bad, HDL is good. And now doctors are finding there are even different kinds of LDL. Look it up and you will find it.
Discovering there are different kinds of bad cholesterol might help explain why some people with a high LDL and a poor HDL never get sick from it and someone else just a few points above the target max number with LDL and a good HDL drops dead from clogged arteries.
Anyway, here is what I’ve learned the past few years from my cholesterol journey. I’m sure it will help others who happen by this article and my comments.
The first time I had a cholesterol reading was in my mid 40s. The LDL was 151, the HDL was 36. The rest of my bloodwork and everything else was perfect, just a high LDL and low HDL. My doc discussed the numbers with me but I really didn’t want to be saddled down with a drug like what they give for this and she said that I needed to work on at least getting the HDL up. She said if the HDL is high it offsets what can be a bad LDL score. Of course that is not a free ticket to not try and get your LDL down but, as she explained it, the HDL helps move the LDL out of your bloodstream (I’m sure it does other things, I'm trying to explain this simply). She felt that perhaps my LDL was high from my family genes but said she’d let me try to work it out with diet and exercise first.
Through changing some of the stuff I ate, I got my LDL to 124 and my HDL to 48. The LDL number was still a bit high bit the HDL number was really good.
I recently had a sudden emergency operation. It was a nissen fundoplication (full wrap) for a hiatal hernia that went Paraesophogeal (my entire stomach slide into my chest cavity and twisted 180 degrees). That was a serious operation and three days shy of two months later, I’ve make an astounding recovery. I’m back on my normal diet, soda, etc. Phenomenal (though a five pound pick up, pull, push, carry weight limit until August! Arg). But, up till a week and a half ago I was on a soft diet. Everything I ate was either baked or nuked or boiled.
My wonderful GP ordered a blood workup. My LDL was 104 (hey, not below 100 but in that range where it’s O.K.) and my HDL was 40. So O.K., the bad went down as well but the good did too. (That’s O.K. I can fix that with diet and yes, you can get your HDL numbers up with what you eat).
I’m happy and she’s happy, but I kept thinking on how my bad cholesterol got so good and then it dawned on me: with the exception of like three McDonald’s burgers (nothing else just them) and two whoppers with cheese, I’ve had nothing at all fried whatsoever in nearly two months. So for me, that was the problem. I know cheese is a problem with cholesterol, but I’m too much of a cheese nut to let it go, so I was working on upping my HDL over lowering my LDL, never realizing the whole time the root of it (for me at least) was the fried food I was eating. I don’t mean eating out, but cooking good southern food. I changed the oil to canola or real extra virgin olive oil and it was helping, but not enough.
So for me, at least from here on out, fried foods are a treat and that’s that. As for how to get your HDL numbers up? You can look all over the internet for foods that are proven to raise HDL numbers but garlic, ground up fresh flax seeds (must be ground up and eaten when you grind it. Their health benefits deteriorate just hours after grinding them up. And you have to eat them ground up as opposed to eating them whole. What’s in them that helps you, your body can’t get through the shell to utilize. I also think cinnamon helps as well. There are other things that help. The internet is your friend.
So, to anyone reading this: watch the amount of fried food/grease in home cooked meals or eating out. Eat more of the foods that do raise your HDL, drink plenty of fluids and of course, exercise never hurts either. Even walking is good enough!