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A few weeks ago, my stepson had to attend a funeral, to which he wore dress pants. After the funeral, I took his pants in along with mine to be drycleaned. A week later, when I picked up the dry cleaning, it had slipped my mind that I had a pair of his pants along with mine. This morning, as I got dressed, I thought it was odd that my pants felt a bit snug. Then I realized that I had just put on a pair of pants belonging to my nineteen-year-old stepson, and they really fit ok.

I've now lost five full inches off my waist. Over the last three years I've gone from size 40 to 35.

More importantly, I just had my annual physical, and my blood chemistry has improved to the point that my doctor thinks it likely that, if I continue with my healthier habits of exercise and a vastly increased intake of fruits and vegetables, I may be able to stop taking cholesterol medication in the very near future.

Yay for me.
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Hi eudaimon6,

I've been on the cholesterol-fighting bandwagon as well, due to my genetically-enhanced (OK I joke) cholesterol-producing liver. Even though I have otherwise healthy vitals and weight, my levels remain stubbornly on the high-end.

The soluble fiber intake is key (some fruits/veggies are better than others) and I'm wondering if you've tried adding these to your regimen. In-particular:

* 2-to-4 ounces of psyllium (or equal amount of oat bran), 3 times per day. This has shown in various studies to improve cholesterol ratios by as much as 15%.

* No-flush Niacin supplement, anywhere from 500mg to 1500mg per day (spread out among 2-3 doses). The Niacin interferes with cholesterol production in the liver. About 500mg/day was good enough for me to see results, but some folks need more, depending on body mass, etc.

Personally, I do both of these things, to keep my levels under control without medication. I first found out about them in the book "The 8-week Cholesterol Cure". It's a little bit dated now, but the book was a good jumping off point for me when it came to researching a more effective supplementation routine. I also take Alpha-Lipoic Acid and other multivitamin supplements, and I don't eat sugar, butter, or most meats.

Good luck with your lipids, and congratulations!

~dswing
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I've eaten a lot of oat bran in the last year, as a matter of fact. I'm not sure what a no-flush niacin supplement, is, but I expect it is something beyond what you'd get in a typical multivitamin. I'll look into it.

I'm still about twentyfive pounds overweight, and all my ratios are now within acceptable ranges. I'm about halfway to where I want to be.

I am very interested in anything that will get me off medication. Aside from the expense, I agree with my doctor that "no drugs are better than any drugs".

Thanks for the tips and the encouragement. Good luck to you also.

Dean
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The thread title should have been entitled "Not so small achievement."

You are to be congratulated. Good luck, good work, keep it up, good health.
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Niacin is a B vitamin. If you take "plain" Niacin in a significant dose, it causes blood vessel dilation, which results in some redness/burning/itching sensation (known as "Niacin flush") in the hands/neck/face ... some people find this unpleasant ...

So they have a slow-releasing formula that mitigates the flush factor -- some product labels call it "no-flush Niacin".

Anyway, it sounds like you may not need it, since your levels are good and you have more weight to go.

On the fiber tip, I buy generic Psyllium husks at the health food store. It's cheap, and you can easily add a couple of tablespoons to foods like yogurt or blended into a smoothie. It also solves the problem of how to get the fiber into your diet without adding any extra carbs or calories.

~dswing
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Thanks,

I'll check into the pysllium. I generally eat a cup of yogurt a day, so it'll be easy to incorporate, especially on days when I don't eat oatmeal.

I eat a lot of oat cereal. I've come to like it a lot.

Mostly I just want to finish what I've started.
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