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Q: I lost 15 pounds in 4 months and my cholesterol went up 2 point & triglycerides more why???

I lost 15 pounds in 4 months and my cholesterol went up 2 point & triglycerides 30 points why would that happen???

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9/23/09 7:29pm

Hi Lena Louise,

 

Congratulations on the 15 pound weight loss!!!  As far as the negative changes in triglycerides, it may be do to steps you took to lose weight.  Many people drastically cut fat calories to lose weight.  While you do want to avoid unhealthy saturated and trans fat, it's still important to include heart healthy fats as part of your diet.  One potential reason your triglycerides increased is a decrease in fat intake causing a higher ratio of carbohydrates in your diet.  This impacts blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.  It's important to make sure you have a good balance of protein, fat, and carbohydates to promote heart health.  Cutting one or more too low can hinder attempts to decrease closer.

 

However, if you do not think the above applies to you, review the following link on tips to lower triglycerides to see if something else with your diet was altered and possibly linked to the rise.

 

Triglycerides: Why They Matter and How to Lower Them

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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LENA LOUISE, Community Member
9/24/09 12:09pm

Thank you soooo much for that informtion because that is exactly what I did.  The Dr. told me that I needed to lower my cholesterol by 30 points and was going to retest me in 3 months.  I changed my diet completely and cut out all fried food, fats, dairy products and sugar with the hope of lowering my cholesterol.  Instead I lost 15 pounds and my cholesterol went up 2 points and my triglycerides went up dramatically.  What diet do you recommend to lower my cholesterol without a negative effect? Starting today my Dr. has put me on Simvastatin and marked my file "unable to control by diet."  = ( 

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9/24/09 1:33pm

Hi Lena,

 

A great heart healthy diet is the DASH diet.  It's typically used to treat high blood pressure, but it's appropriate to improve cholesterol levels also.  Here is a link to information on the DASH diet - http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf.

 

You can also find good tips on a diet to lower cholesterol here at Health Central.

 

If you want specific feedback on your food choices and where to make changes for improved cholesterol levels, I'd be happy to give you input via a Mini Diet Makeover.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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