I'm a 65 year old woman and I've been struggling with my choleserol level for about 5 years, currently it is running about 410. There is no history of high cholesterol in my family, however I am about 30 pounds overweight. I was browsing the web and found a good website with some great information about different diets. I'm not sure which one to try. Does anyone have advice about which one to choose from this site
You did not mention what your triglyeride and HDL levels were, but it is common for these to be highly elevated (triglycerides) and too low (HDL) when the cholesterol is this high. This is a pre-diabetic profile and the diet would need to focus on this aspect. That means no refined carbs, no hydrogenated oils, lots of fruits and veggies and spices, both aerobic and muscle building exercise, and an overall low calorie diet. The details are much more specific, but this should give you an idea of what to look for in a diet plan (and this should be considered a lifestyle changes, NOT just a temporary "diet").
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walnuts, oats, avocados, flax seed, and salmon are easy foods to buy. I would also suggest looking for foods fortified with plant sterols, which are natural cholesterol reducers. You can find them in juices, breads, cheese, pasta, etc. I know MinuteMaid Heartwise orange juice and Smart Balance Heartright milk are fortified with Corowise plant sterols.
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