Hi all I need advice. I am going today to the west coast to visit my sister who is waiting for an angiogram after a tress test. Her cholesterol is "high to very high"(she was only given total and no break down re HDl/LDL), her BP is 100/60 at rest, and her triglycerides are good (don't have details other than that). She is on some kind of statin and baby aspirins as of a few days ago. She has had a lot of stress as a single parent raising two sons who were affected negatively by a dead-beat dad, and is now in her early 60s. She is not paleo/primal but has always had a "cook-from-scratch" diet, such as chicken breast (skinless) and a huge salad, with variety each day.
I have tried to get her to check out paleo/primal but she does not like red meats and feels that fats will harm her. I am very concerned so reach out to a community that gets it.
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on April 12, 2013
at 04:20 PM
I'm sorry you're having such a tough time. It's very hard when someone we love is ill and frightened and we feel we could help but they're not receptive.
Right now, all you can do is love your sister. She's the one who has to decide whether she's willing to check out this type of eating. If you're modelling the health and energy that's possible with paleo, then you've already done what you can.
Be there, and support her and let her make choices. After all, if the roles were reversed how receptive would you be to her thoughts on changing what you eat?
on April 12, 2013
at 06:07 PM
The cholesterol lab values have been artificially lowered over the years, at the urging of drug manufacturers (possibly a bit of a conflict of interest there). So what used to be normal cholesterol, can now be considered high or even very high. If she is in the 200's I would urge her to reconsider taking the statin, which is much more likely to cause muscle damage than it is to protect her from a heart attack (and the heart is a muscle, which might explain why she is needing to have these tests done).
That blood pressure is also normal to low. It doesn't look like there is much to worry about there. If she gets dizzy when she stands up she might want to try a little more salt on her food, and possibly some herbal adrenal support to deal with the stress.
As far as food choices, if she is cooking whole foods from scratch, leave her be. If you are excited about the way you are eating you could share a copy of one of Mark Sisson's books or something. But it sounds like what she is eating is working for her for the most part and she is having issues that might be more likely related to stress or the medication she is taking.
on April 13, 2013
at 03:35 AM
Pretty good food, good bp, good trigs? Given everything, it sounds like she's doing okay. Not to get all buddhist on you, but if her test results are so soon, then you might as well wait until after the results so you can see whether there is cause for worry.