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Health Poll: Do You Have High Cholesterol?

Do You Have High Cholesterol?

I was a vegan for a short time in my college days, and I remember getting a check-up that year and being surprised that my cholesterol test came back with high numbers. I told the doctor that I wasn't even eating any cholesterol, and she said unfortunately, you can inherit high cholesterol from your parents. With diet and exercise, I've definitely helped to get my numbers in check, but it's a constant battle since genetics aren't on my side. What about you?


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delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I have no idea. :)
jennifermmaul jennifermmaul 8 years
when you donate blood, most places will check and give you your cholesterol test and iron levels...that's how i knew to ask my dr to follow up on the results.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
There is strong history of heart disease in both sides of the family. Every male on my dad's side of the family has had a cardiac event. It's a shame because everyone eats healthy, etc. My cholesterol is 247 now and my LDL is high. It's frustrating because I take care of myself. When I was running 5+ miles a day and eating at least 1 bowl of oatmeal a day, my cholesterol went down to the 200s. It was pretty amazing, but I couldn't maintain that kind of lifestyle. I've resigned to the fact that I'll be taking Lipitor in my 50s.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
I eat healthily and work out regularly, and my cholesterol is still high. I haven't had the doctor run a full blood count on me in a while to check my HDL vs LDL, but either way, it's a genetic thing. Both my dad and my grandmother have extremely high cholesterol...even on medication.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
My cholesterol is in the "ideal" range. My HDL is higher than my LDL. My doctor thinks I would never have a heart attack or stroke.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I hive high cholesterol number (close to 200), but my HDL is 2 times more than the normal (close to 95), and my LDL is very low. The overall ratio is very good. My doctor told me not to worry about that.
lms lms 8 years
I just found out recently that I have high cholesterol. Mine is genetic though b/c my diet is good in general and my weight is good. I was so shocked to hear it. I researched cholesterol levels and most of the foods that I eat don't even have cholesterol in them, and the ones that do I come nowhere close to the daily allowable amounts.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I have low bad cholesterol and a moderate level of good cholesterol. This has remained constant regardless of my weight. When I was 330 pounds my cholesterol levels were excellent, my bp was very low, resting heart rate was eerily low - 170 pounds less my cholesterol levels are still excellent, my bp is still too low, and resting heart rate is still amazing low. However my siblings who did not have the major weight issue that I had all have high cholesterol and high bp - medication and exercise haven't altered this for them. Its seems that they have some that's familial that has just skipped me but I have a problem that they all do not have (my chronic intractable migraines).
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Nope, I'm good! My healthy diet and good exercise are to thank :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My levels are normal, but my dad has genetic hypercholesterolemia and even though he's got it under control, he's always got to watch his levels. Luckily, my dad's isn't as bad as my grandpa's cholesterol grandpa had the double allele hypercholesterolemia and his cholesterol was usually in the 400 mg/dl range. Of course, back then they didn't have statins and they simply told him to stop eating eggs. It's pretty amazing how much more we know about cholesterol now compared to 20 years ago.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
don't know. how do i check it? :)))) i know, go to the doctor's... but i don't want to.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Nope! :)
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I lucked out on this one. Genetically, I have fantastic levels, but I'm not using that as an excuse to not be aware.
syako syako 8 years
I'm pretty positive I have low levels. I got checked last year and didn't receive any bad news back. But now that I think about it, maybe I should call and find out the actual results?? :oops:
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Let me get on that issue!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
My "good" cholesterol is high, but my "bad" cholesterol is low. What that means exactly, I have no idea.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
mine ldl is high but hdl is normal. diet and exercise are what i do to keep it down but lately i haven't been so good at the diet part....
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 8 years
I eat healthy and exercise. Mine are normal.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I do. It's not insanely high, but it is high. Genetics are my downfall along with other factors.
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