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Hi, my mom informed me today that she has high cholesterol and I was wondering how many of you do and what you do to help reduce it? My mom is turning 55 this year and I'm terribly scared of losing her (I'm a bit morbid in knowing as each year passes it's closer to losing my mom) I guess it's a type of phobia.

Anyways, I know a high cholesterol can be extremely dangeous and cause her to have a heart attack and I need to help her reduce it. She suffers from Schizophrenia so it's hard to get her to go ahead with things unless you plan it out for her (do it for her) so I'm going to replace all the high sat fat things in her house with low sat fat and hopefully she'll carry on buying it, I've told her to ask for tablets off the doctor for it and such, but what other BIG changes does she need to make? She exercises 1-2 times a week and walks every day. She's 5ft and weighs about 14 stone (altho it looks more) she carries all weight on her stomach due to her tablets and thyroid.

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sorry to hear this, my dad suffered from high cholesterol, the doctor advised him to change his diet. He cut out all the fatty foods ate more fibre and used the benecol range of dairy products he no longer has high cholesterol- fortunatly but i think because of your mums other medical conditions she really needs to take professional advice. Best wishes to you and your mum.
 
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I am a diabetic and was diagnosed with high cholesterol last year.I already watch my diet,so was surprised my cholesterol was up.i have been on statins for 12 months,just 1 tablet a day.my cholesterol is now back in the normal range.
 

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I'm making sure she goes to the doctors asap to get the tablets for it just so she has at least some help from something. We're then going to go down on her shopping day and throw out all the high fatty things, I'll make her a list ofwhat to buy and what to avoid and change all her (milk, butter so on) to very low sat fat stuff.

I am on Weigh****chers so I know how bad sat fat is, I'm just so scared of her dying of a heart attack and not being able to help her in any way to avoid it. I cried for hours last night :(
 
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This reply is going against the general trend, but high cholesterol can be a bit of a red herring if you don't already have heart disease.

Firstly, the medical norm is male. Women are different, our cholesterol naturally runs a bit higher than male cholesterol. Second, there is little evidence to suggest that most women benefit from taking statins. Thirdly, in the UK, GPs get a bonus for having a certain proportion of their patients on statins.

There is also a very readable book called "The Great Cholesterol Con" by a GP called dr Malcolm Kendrik. This book challenges the conventional wisdom on cholesterol.

The science around cholesterol is controversial, especially for women. As are the different ways of lowering it and whether or not it needs to be lowered... If you are interested, try visiting a free US website called "Our Bodies, Ourselves", this site specialises in all the stuff that makes us different to men and which does not necessarily make it to mainstream medical practice. When you get there, do a search on "cholesterol". In my opinion, this is a very well researched website and I usually go there to check anything about my health before I commit to a treatment approach.

Also, if you are diabetic (I'm a T2 diabetic) you might want to look at a website called "Blood Sugar 101, What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes" again this is a free website run by an American diabetic, it is very well researched. I have followed the advice from this website to get my blood sugar back in to the normal range and really improve my health and lose a massive amount of weight.

It also includes a lot of info about cholesterol for diabetics. I follow a low carb diet and the advice on "bloodsugar101" to manage my diabetes. Happy to talk about this if anyone is interested in the alternatives to the conventional wisdom...
 

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Thank you for the information, I will look into it as soon as possible! :)

I visited my mom yesterday and bought her some lower fat things (milk which is actually cheaper than her milk) yogurts and marg. The doctor never even suggested putting her on her sort of tablet and she gets yearly blood test because she is schizophrenic, testing for a disease the medicine she takes for it can give her. The reason why I want her to go on it is the simple fact, my mom wouldn't really know how to change her diet, I could help but I'm 2 hours away so she could get herself a take-away without me ever knowing. I've explained that she needs to cut fat down (if nt for that, then for her general weight and health) but I do think it falls on deaf ears.
 

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I suggest you look at the website www.patient.co.uk this is the website most english GPs use for their patient leaflets. you can put cholesterol into the search box, and get the patient information leaflet - it is quite good
 

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Apprantly she's on those tablets but the doctor isn't worried due to it only just beginning to rise and isn't THAT high... still you stop what is starting not wait till it's sky high... I bought her benacol products and she's been cooking her own meals lately (an omlette).
 
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