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why @clevcrew is the best, reason #3,786:

I just got a call from my doctor about my cholesterol being through the proverbial roof and promptly freaked out in an email to Sab. 

so what did she do? asked me a bunch of questions about what the doctor said, and is taking those recommendations (plus my personal preferences) and updating my meal plan.

you guys. she’s really good at what she does. and not only that, she’s smart and can help you hit your goals while addressing larger health issues. Sab is helping me take the guess work out of getting healthy, and all I have to do is follow her plan. it doesn’t get much easier than this.

The Truth About Cholesterol, Statin Drugs, and Cancer
25 million Americans are on statin drugs to lower cholesterol and decrease their chance of heart disease. Discover how they may be causing cancer instead.

Cholesterol Drugs Increase Risk of Cancer and Death

Cholesterol drugs, as revealed in a 1993 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, have been causally associated with an increased risk of non-cardiovascular health conditions. These are essentially any disease not related to the heart or blood vessels, as well and death. A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) determined that the intervention-based method of using fibrates and/or statins to lower cholesterol may be a misguided one that’s putting millions of people at risk.

What they found is that patients who lower their cholesterol levels by taking such drugs simultaneously increase their risk of developing other chronic health conditions such as cancer. This is significant because it reiterates the fact that lowering cholesterol with drugs isn’t the catch-call for increasing mortality that the medical system often claims it is. It also supports the notion that high cholesterol itself isn’t necessarily even a problem.

“Meta-analyses of primary prevention trials in middle-aged men reveal an increase in non-CHD (coronary heart disease) deaths among those randomized to cholesterol interventions, an unexpected finding that is more substantial than the decrease in CHD deaths,” the authors reported.

“This raises the possibility that one or more of the cholesterol interventions could have very serious adverse effects among young adults, whose risk of non-CHD death is normally 100 times their risk of CHD death.”

Arizona Man Loses Hundreds of Pounds by Walking to Walmart

An Arizona man who threw out all his food and committed himself to walking to the localWalmart and back every time he wanted a meal has lost more than 300 pounds.

Pasquale “Pat” Brocco, 31, began to change his life three years ago when he was warned by his doctor that his weight of 605 pounds and his high blood pressure and high cholesterol put his life in serious danger.

The Avondale man decided that every time he was hungry, he would walk the 1 mile to his closest Walmart, then back home to eat his meal. In less than two years, he said, he lost 200 pounds.

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Lipitor (aka Atorvastatin) is prescribed for patients with high cholesterol. It functions to lower the levels of overall cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and to increase levels of HDL. It is part of a group of drugs called statins

Side effects: The use of this drug has been reported to cause myopathy (the dysfunction of skeletal muscle cells) - resulting in weakness. Liver function labs (AST and ALT) should be monitored regularly because the drug cannot be processed by an unhealthy liver. There are contradicting reports of memory loss resulting from use of the drug - high cholesterol is often associated with dementia, however a depletion of cholesterol may have an effect on neuron function. Grapefruit juice should not be consumed while on Lipitor, it may lead to toxicity. 

Lipitor is a very popular, kind of expensive drug. In 2008 it was the top selling brand-name drug in the world and grossed over 12 billion USD. Pfizer totally had the monopoly on cardiac disease prevention, but all good things must come to an end. When Lipitor’s patent was up in June 2011, Pfizer managed to buy another 5 months (not quite sure who approved of this ethically questionable business deal). On November 30th, the generic version hits pharmacies.

Womp, womp. Sorry, pharmaceutical industry ;)  

2 years + 2 weeks

I know it’s completely waaaayyyy overdue, but I cut my baby off today from nursing. She turned two, two weeks ago. I’ve been given a ration of unsolicited shit for STILLLL nursing at this point, but I really don’t care what anybody thinks or says about it. It’s the only way I could get her to sleep and honestly, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. (My last nursing experience was forced to end at 6 months with a failure to thrive diagnosis, so I have been pretty proud this time around!) But, at this point she’s become a bit more aggressive and bossy and frankly, when she started saying “my booby” the other day, pointing to me, I knew it was time to be done. However, I wasn’t sure how to be done. I started distracting her during the day when she started to ask to nurse, and made sure she fell asleep in the car, and only nursed at night.
Then the game changer, I got a call today from my primary care physician telling me my cholesterol is super high and that I need to start medicine. So there you have it. This nursing machine is closing down. I told my 2-year-old that mama’s nursies is broken and we went to the store and she picked out three new cups and I picked up my Lipitor. So I guess that’s how you quit nursing a two year old.

Eat Your Way to Lower Cholesterol

According to the American Heart Association, if your cholesterol is high, you might be at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke,   America’s number one and number four killers, respectively.  Unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise can contribute to high cholesterol, so it’s important to focus on making good choices. Here we’ll look at how cholesterol affects your body and give you some tasty ways to build a heart healthy diet.

First, what exactly is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat that is waxy in texture and is naturally produced by the liver. Cholesterol is also found in certain foods, particularly foods made from animal sources. While too much cholesterol can be bad for you, it is also important to remember that your body needs some cholesterol to carry out essential functions. Cholesterol is needed to regulate the body’s metabolism, produce vitamin D and help build and maintain cell walls. There are actually two kinds of cholesterol:

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, helps protect against heart attacks. If your levels of HDL are less than 40 mg/dL for men and less than 50 mg/dL for women, you may increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Medical experts believe HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. It is also believed that HDL removes excess cholesterol, slowing plaque buildup in the arteries.

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. It can turn into a thick, hard deposit of plaque which can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. A clot can form, blocking the narrow artery, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.

If you have high cholesterol, you can lower your levels by eating a diet that consists of low saturated fat and low cholesterol foods. Here are a few of them:

  • Avocados contain oleic acid, which is a healthy monounsaturated fat that helps boost good cholesterol and lower bad. They are rich in fiber and beta-sitosterol, both of which help keep cholesterol down. Keep in mind that since avocados are high in calories and fat, they should be eaten in moderation.
  • Tomatoes can help keep your cholesterol in check because they are a great source of lycopene – a plant compound that reduces LDL levels. The body actually absorbs more of the lycopene in tomatoes if they are processed or cooked, so try drinking tomato juice or choosing tomato sauce over alfredo for your pasta dishes.
  • Nuts like pecans, walnuts and almonds contain healthy unsaturated fats, so they won’t clog your arteries. They are also high in plant sterols, substances that prevent the body from absorbing bad cholesterol. Nuts are an excellent addition to a heart-healthy diet, so go ahead, grab a handful.
  • Crisp, sweet and high in fiber, pears help lower LDL levels due to their high pectin content. Pectin binds with cholesterol and carries it out of the body before it becomes absorbed. If you’re not into pears, other pectin-rich fruits include: apples, oranges, bananas and peaches.
  • Fish or fish oil supplements are great for a heart healthy diet. They contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of developing blood clots. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. So consider picking up some trout, albacore tuna, salmon or halibut.
  • Foods that are high in fiber like oatmeal and bran contain soluble fiber, which lowers “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream. In addition to oats and bran, other high fiber foods include: kidney beans, barley and prunes.

Not sure if you have high cholesterol? Ask your doctor to do a simple blood test. In the meantime, avoid saturated fats like butter, stick margarine, lard or shortening and increase your weekly amount of exercise. Eating right and making sure to exercise will make for one healthy heart!


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#happyhealthyholidays day 33 #greenfood

So, I, uh, didn’t eat any green food today. But looking at this photo I wish I had. All of those green foods (except the bell peppers) look amazing and fresh and delicious. I will probably go overboard tomorrow when I go shopping.
I probably should. I went to the dr today and she told me I have high cholesterol. On the border of needing medication. No thanks. Sigh. Just one more reason to get my butt in gear.

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for human health but the body can' t make them -- you have to get them through food.
  • For healthy adults with no history of heart disease: The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least 2 times per week.
  • For adults with coronary heart disease: The American Heart Association recommends an omega-3 fatty acid supplement (as fish oils), 1 gram daily of EPA and DHA. It may take 2 - 3 weeks for benefits of fish oil supplements to be seen.
  • For adults with high cholesterol levels: The American Heart Association recommends an omega-3 fatty acid supplement (as fish oils), 2 - 4 grams daily of EPA and DHA. It may take 2 - 3 weeks for benefits of fish oil supplements to be seen.

Good evening bunnies! 💋.

So you know you have a serious problem when you are on your iPhone and have the iPad on at the same time. I had to snap this craziness. 😉

Thyroid levels came back in normal range but now my cholesterol is elevated. And I have a very low Vitamin D. I suspected both. Genetically I am prone to cholesterol issues and it doesn’t help that I have had a shitty diet for a while now and almost compete cessation of exercise. I had elevations in 2008 after being on Prednisone and gaining a crap load of weight. I didn’t want to use cholesterol meds so I started exercising every day and followed pretty closely the Mediterranean Diet (I could still have small amounts of wine) and I gave up sugar. It worked and my levels normalized. High TSH can also alter the lipid levels.

I guess it’s a wake up call to get it together. I don’t want a stroke or heart attack any time soon.

So I’m challenging my self to 90 days to get all my labs normalized. Also get back to healthy habits for good. I know I will mentally and physically feel better. I just needed a kick in my bum I guess. 🙁

Got GREAT News, GOOD News & BUMMER News Today!

Went to my Dr. appt to follow up on the blood tests I had last week to check how well my Type 2 Diabetes is being managed & also to see if my scary high cholesterol #’s have come down due to the healthy lifestyle changes I’ve been making.  

The GREAT News: My A1C test (for the Diabetes) was great! I’m down to a very healthy 6.2%! Doing my happy dance! :-)
Here are the ranges, fyi: 
(<=6.9%)         Indicates good control
(7.0% - 7.9%)  Indicates fair control
(>=8.0%)         Indicates poor control

I used to take Metformin pills to help manage my Type 2 Diabetes, but my A1C had improved so much about 6 months ago, the Dr. took me off the pills! It’s heartening to see that I’m maintaining healthy blood levels (for Diabetes) by making healthy changes!

The GOOD News: My very high cholesterol levels have come down through diet changes via Weight Watchers & adding exercise! I’m making good progress…

The BUMMER News: Although my cholesterol levels have improved, they’re still too high.
She decided that it would be best for me to start taking pills to help get my numbers into a healthier range. We’ll recheck progress in 3 months & see how it’s going. 

Here’s how my current test compares to the last one in October:

Total Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = 100-199
Oct: 261
Now: 237

Triglycerides: Healthy range/units = <150
Oct: 245  (A really good change for the better here, but still too high)
Now: 190

HDL “The Good” Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = <40
Oct: 43
Now: 39  (YAY! This is in the healthy range) 
LDL “The Bad” Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = <131
Oct: 169
Now: 160

The last bit of BUMMER news is, because I’m 51, she said it’s time for me to schedule a colonoscopy. Oh joy. It’s just something that needs doing for a baseline & she said while it’s not fun…it’s really not that awful. No rush on this test, she said…so I’ll take a bit of time before I dive into that! The things we do for good health! LOL

I shared all the range info, as I thought it may be helpful to some of you who are also dealing with health-related things & heck, it’s just good for people to know what the healthy ranges are for those important tests!

It’s also really important for people to understand that you can have dangerously high readings for diabetes, cholesterol & also blood pressure without experiencing many symptoms simply due to your genetics. So, even if you’ve always lived a healthy lifestyle, ate right & exercised, there’s a chance that you could have serious issues going on without knowing it, so it’s always a good to get a check-up at your Dr. & make sure you’re OK. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy rest of your day! 
Did you find this info TMI, somewhat interesting or helpful?

What Nutritional Needs Stand for To Us On Stay Health-enhancing

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So although my dad has a very physically demanding job, he is about 20 kg overweight because he eats crap. I’ve been telling him that he needs to change his diet for a while, but he never listened. After visiting his doctor for a regular check up a few days ago and discovering he has a high cholesterol, he finally decided he wants to do something about it.

I was officially put in charge of his diet. As you can imagine, I’ve very excited to help him lose some weight and improve his health. I’m just not sure how I should go about it.

Acording to his doctor, his diet should be really low in fat and high in carbs (accordung to her plan, he is only allowed to eat 2 eggs a week, just chicken meat and lots of grains and stuff) to low his cholesterol level.  But my own experience based on lots of experimenting with different ways of eating taught me that most of the time fat isn’t the problem, sugar/rubbish carbs is. So I’m kinda torn between whether I should follow what the doctor says or just do what I think it’s the best.

What do you guys think is the best approach?

Aha Moment

I just had my come to Jesus moment, and I am crying as I type this. I am really tired of being fat. Like not just fat… but morbidly obese. Ripping my tights because my thighs have grown larger, squeezing into clothes, and can’t do physical activity for long amounts of time fat. I have given up too many times. But today I had a chest spasm that is currently subsiding as I type. I was faced with the question what if I died because of my weight. I am morbidly obese. So morbidly obese that I am scared to go to the doctor for fear of what they would tell me about my health. So starting to day I will make a change. You will get daily updates of my activities and eating habits. 

-I am cutting all unnatural sugar from my life. 

- I am only eating meat one day a week. 

-I will only drink water. 

-I will walk 10,00 steps per day 

-I will exercise 3 times a week for cardio and 3 times a week weight workouts

I am all for body positivity. However I am not a healthy fat person. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on the brink of diabetes, and seriously unhappy. I am ready to make a change so that I can live life to the fullest. Any and all support would be most welcome. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I start this journey of fitness.