How Could He Have High Cholesterol?
Doc is in incredible shape. He has exercised 3-4 days a week ever since I have known him. He is completely committed to exercise and to miss a day leaves him forlorn and, well, grumpy. He eats well too. No sweet tooth for him. He does like his cheese but I think that is really his only weakness. So, why is his cholesterol 222. That is not the worst of it. His HDL and his LDL numbers are inverted. So even though 222 doesn’t sound that high, it is really much worse than it looks because his good cholesterol is very low and his bad cholesterol is very high.
He already added an extra day of working out to his plan. He says he is living proof that increasing your exercise alone is not enough to lower your cholesterol. He believes, and so do I, that it takes a lifestyle dietary change as well.
Doc’s cholesterol is high because of this man. Yes, his father and his father’s father etc. A generation of cardiac nightmares. With that kind of history backing him up you would think he would just throw in the towel and give up. No, not my man. No way, no how. He has amazing drive and determination….and commitment and resoluteness and bravery and handsomeness…..
He’s just so cool.
Cut cheese from his diet:(
Eat more lean meats: chicken and fish.
Add nuts and berries to his daily diet: specifically almonds which have the highest source of fiber of all the nuts.
Add green tea to his daily diet: 5 cups per day
Eat whole grain breads (more specifically Dave’s Killer bread)
Eat more fresh foods: fruits and vegetables of all kinds.
Fish Oil, niacin, plant sterol supplements.
Continue his exercise plan.
At this time Doc is not going on statin medications but instead trying to naturally lower his levels.
We will check his progress in 6 months and I will let you know how effective his plan was.