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12/2/19 5:26 A

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Found this in Spark Breaking the Sugar Addiction article:

Well, aside from the increased bulge around the waistline, diets high in sugar are strongly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, elevated triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and heart disease. Sugar intake has also been linked to depression, migraines, poor eyesight, autoimmune diseases (such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis), gout and osteoporosis. Recent research has shown that a high intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, releases a feel-good chemical in the brain called serotonin.

The body naturally turns carbs/starches into sugar for digestions. This is why doctors recommend cutting back on them to lower triglycerides, increase HDL and avoid taking cholesterol medication.

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12/1/19 5:25 A

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Interested in where this discussion will lead but not ideas at this point.

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11/30/19 5:43 P

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Tapbelle,

Sorry about your high cholesterol. Mine was 225 with 180 triglycerides, but has been as high as 300. I had terrible leg pain when I took cholesterol medication which limited my mobility. My doctor recommended giving up foods that contain palm oil. Most processed products contain this oil. My cholesterol and triglycerides decreased and HDL increased when I gave up eating those foods and cut down on the amount of starches I ate daily. I have been exercising three times a week for over 20 years.

My 40ish daughter has had high cholesterol since her teens. Diet always decreases her levels. We went on WW together when she was in her teens and her numbers dropped to normal. She had high cholesterol again at 40. She is carb addict that drastically cut down on starches per her doctor's instructions and her cholesterol returned to normal with high HDL.

I found that when I change my diet, my levels decrease. I didn't give up all carbs/starches since my body needs them for adrenal function and to avoid reverse T-3. I simply switched to different types I eat. I eat whole wheat or bean pasta with homemade sauce and TJ turkey meatballs once or twice a week. Baked sweet potatoes with butter instead of white a few times a week. Low carb bread and tortillas, instead of white, etc. I don't eat bread often. I don't eat oatmeal, cereal, crackers, chips, or drink soft drinks since they make me tired and crave sweets. I gave up drinking soft drinks in my teens. I grew up eating Med diet, and stick to eating protein, plenty of veggies and fruits. I eat a lot of chicken, turkey and fish. A piece of pizza once every few months. I eat fruit when I crave sweets. A dietitian I consulted recommended eating protein for breakfast due to hormones present upon waking. She said if I must have starches to eat them for lunch.

My retired nurse friend's doctor instructed her to cut back on starches if she didn't want to take cholesterol medication. She did this and her levels are normal.

We need a certain amount of cholesterol for thyroid, etc to work properly. The levels doctors use now are due to drug companies wanting to sell more medication. There isn't any evidence that shows under 200 cholesterol does not lead to stroke or heart attack. Actually, people that had heart attacks like Jim Fixx had good cholesterol.

I was eating a lot of carbs due to medication I was taking when I had last cholesterol test. I have since cut back in hopes of reaching 200 level when tested the end of Dec.

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Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle



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11/30/19 3:34 P

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I was diagnosed with high cholesterol 43 years ago. At that time it was 239. I went on the oats type diet, refusing the medicine because of the scary side effects. Since then my cholesterol has gone up to the low 300s and down to the 230s, but the triglycerides have been as high as 400. I have had two heart scans and the risk for heart attack is minuscule since build of plaque is practically nil. One doctor said it must be my Mediterranean background (genetically). Even so, I could have a stroke, so that's not good.

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11/14/19 2:21 A

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Kate

Yikes! Your triglycerides are high. Sorry your PCP isn't good and glad surgeon referred you to endo. Two of my children have same problem. My daughter has seen three PCPs in two different states and none would refer her to endo although tests indicate hypothyroidism. My son's levels are high and increase yearly and he can't get referral. He has become very skinny which worries me. Doctor little time learning about thyroid in med school.

I don't know if I had high cholesterol when I was dx'd with thyroid condition since it wasn't tested 50+ years ago. However, I have noticed my cholesterol level depends on thyroid function. Low thyroid and my cholesterol is high. Optimal thyroid and my cholesterol decreases.

Good luck seeing endo. Let us know how you make out.

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11/13/19 2:21 P

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Thank you Jane.

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I am glad you are seeing an endo. Fire your primary doctor! Not all endo's are good so be careful.

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11/13/19 2:26 A

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I have a total idiot for a PCP and she refused to refer me to an endo. Broke my foot and THAT doc saw my bloodwork and SHE referred me. It was clear to a foot surgeon that a year of abnormal thyroid was not good. So... I had bloodwork done and I had triglyceride level at 2600 which is insane. Has anyone else experienced this? Seeing endo next week... finally.

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