hi im new to this as i recently discovered i have high cholesterol...is there a way to test whether your body is producing to much cholesterol? because my diet is prety good(as per me lol) and i gym run + play indoor soccer. please help guys. your help means the world to me. thx
Yes, there is such a thing as inherited high cholesterol. There are a number of type that range from slightly elevated to blood that is thick as Texas crude and could probably be refined to operate car.
In most people the human body generates most of the cholesterol and not absorbs from the diet. However, there are a few call hyper-absorbers, that get most of their cholesterol from food.
Also some people absorb excessive amounts of phytosterols and make excessive cholesterol. Phytosterols are a plant product that have cholesterol like properties. They are available in supplements and added to some foods (margarine & OJ). In most person they fake out the body and it makes less cholesterol. But in a few person it causes them to make excess cholesterol.
There are special test to determine if some one is a hyper-absorber or sensitive to phytosterols. But I don't know what they are. AFAIK they are not commonly used, but sometimes used if the person doesn't respond to normal therapy.
From your other thread it appears that you father died "young". For a male, under 55 is early for a heart attack. BTW, my father died at 43, but I didn't have a problem until 65. And then that it only a partial blockage & not an heart attack.My cardiologist said that the difference was probably smoking. But my dad died in 1953 so no data on his cholesterol.
Now you did not tell what your cholesterol levels are, if treatments have been helping, etc.
Common lipid test don't give all of the answers. People can still have problems with "normal" cholesterol levels. And other with high levels don't have heart problems. But there are some advanced test that more indicative of heart attack risk.
They include VAP and NMR. They measure sub-fractions of the cholesterol (VAP) and number of particle of cholesterol (NMR).
Lp(a) a sub-set of LDL that can be very high risk.
PLAC (Lp-PLA2) test for products of cholesterol forming plaque.
Test for inflammation.
Test to see if the blood clots easily.
You might want to get a consult with a doctor that specializes in Preventive Cardiology. You might call the local hospital (or medical school) with the biggest heart department and ask they have a preventive cardiology department.
hi thanks for your reply..im not on cholesterol medication,,,but have hypertension,,,,and my blood pressure remains perfect....but my cholesterol was 7(as per norms iv been told 5 is the max id want to have). im super active so i have to believe its unfortunately sumthing i have inherited. i had tests and scans and thankfully didnt have blocked arteries or anything. guess i must get medication now too! thx for info. cheers
Hi ,Yes i have had terrible side effects from statins and would not want anyone to experience them . I have found intermittent fasting very good my level was 7.9 in 2 months it is down to 6.2 . I eat breakfast at 11am ,dinner at half 11 ,a snack at 2pm ,my tea at at 6pm and my last meal is toast or fruit at 7pm . Intermittent fasting is eating for no more than 8 hours a day if i feel hungry in between i have water or sugar free drinks . If you just try it for 2 months then get your cholesterol checked you will be so surprised as i was and i am feeling so much better . Please try it it is worth it it doesnt cost anything and there are no side effects