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Posted by: leeyah87, Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:42pm
Aloha everyone!  I am Type A and was diagnosed with high cholesterol at the age of 12.  Yes, very young, but high cholesterol and heart disease runs in my father's side of the family.  My youngest sister was also diagnosed with high cholesterol at 12 years old as well.  My father had a heart attack in his 50's (he survived) and his dad died from a heart attack in his 40's.  My father takes medication for his high cholesterol and has quit smoking and has made some life changes.  He is Type A as well, but he's already told me that he isn't going to give up meat.  However, he has cut back a lot and tries to eat more fish.

Well, my concern is whether I'll be able to lower my cholesterol solely from following the BTD and altering my lifestyle.  My doctor said if I don't lower my cholesterol on my own within 6 months, then I will be put on medication (statins).  In my teens and early to mid 20's, I ate a lot of meat - I mean A LOT.  I am now in my late 20's and am wondering if I'll be able to start over and start fresh and undo the negatives that I've caused myself?  What do you think?  Other than high cholesterol, I suffer from heart palpitations.  It feels like my heart literally skips a beat and there is an empty feeling in my chest accompanied by a feeling of doom.  Another heart concern I have is that it doesn't take much to get it to beat hard and fast.  Just standing up causes a pounding in my chest and I get dizzy and have to bend over and hang my head for a few seconds before I can stand straight up.  Also, when I work out my heart pounds.  I tried doing yoga yesterday and could only tolerate 15 minutes of it before I felt wobbly and felt like I needed a nap.  I'm also tired all the time and have a lack of energy.  I am a light sleeper and do not sleep well at night.  I NEVER sleep through the night.  I also get headaches often, to the point where I carry a bottle of Tylenol with me at all times.  I also have a lot of "brain farts" and can't remember words while I'm talking.  I don't know if this is relevant, but I am thin (5'5", 95 lbs), but I have excess fat on my belly.

I know these are a lot of things to consider, but I would really love to hear your suggestions and/or experiences.  Are there certain foods I should eat to help lower my cholesterol?  I have high hopes that if I start eating for my type then I'll be able to control my Type A ailments.  Thank you for listening!
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:49pm; Reply: 1
I am not an expert on this...but I would think that you CAN lower your cholesterol by following your BTD diet - faithfully and compliantly.  I have read case stories in Dr. D.'s books of people who have improved all kinds of conditions and been able to give up or vastly reduce their medications by following BTD.  I'd bet you can, too.  :)  I'm sure people will weigh in with more advice.  But I just wanted to offer you my encouragement and support.  You can do this!
Posted by: Lola, Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:58pm; Reply: 2
welcome!
http://www.4yourtype.com/TypeA_basic.asp
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDjMqnxSBF4
Posted by: leeyah87, Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:03pm; Reply: 3
Aloha again!  Thank you for the encouragement!  I really appreciate your support :o)  Do you know of any specific foods that are cholesterol-lowering superfoods for Type A's?
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:06pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from leeyah87
Aloha again!  Thank you for the encouragement!  I really appreciate your support :o)  Do you know of any specific foods that are cholesterol-lowering superfoods for Type A's?


I do not off hand, but I'm sure some of our As will weigh in soon.  Welcome!  
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:05pm; Reply: 5
Great that you are looking to better your health...

Live Right 4 Your Type discusses Type A and High Cholesterol on pages 228-229...

The Cardio Protocol is:
http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/10.html

Hope this helps...
Posted by: grey rabbit, Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:06pm; Reply: 6
I just googled this, check it against your BTD food lists http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/guide/cholesterol-lowering-foods and this looks very good http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/slideshow-lowering-cholesterol
foods that are on both lists are the ones I'd go for if I were you.
Posted by: DoS, Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:18pm; Reply: 7
Try eating some oatmeal. It has soluble fiber in it.

Your father is probably going to just have to live with it if he can not give up red meat. That is kind a expletive deleted if you ask me; red meat over death.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:49pm; Reply: 8
DoS, you are rather blunt, but right on point here
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That is kind a expletive deleted if you ask me; red meat over death.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, June 19, 2011, 2:25am; Reply: 9
Soy. :)
Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, June 19, 2011, 2:53am; Reply: 10
Do not neglect exercise.

One member of my Zumba class dropped her cholesterol 47 points with exercise alone.
Posted by: Patty H, Sunday, June 19, 2011, 3:34am; Reply: 11
My cardiologist sent me a link stating that two apples a day can lower your LDL.  Sorry, I don't have the link, but I am sure you can look it up.  Okra can also, so I have been told, lower your LDL.  I cannot eat apples as they are not on my diet and Okra is not available here where I live, so I cannot attest to whether these foods work or not.  Exercise is excellent for lowering cholesterol.

It would be helpful if you could post what a typical day of food looks like for you.  Also, I see that you are an A.  Do you know if you are Rhesus + or -, or any other pertinent information such as secretor status?

Also, have you seen a cardiologist for your heart issues?  There are so many things that can cause heart arrhythmias or other cardiac issues.

Dr. D says that wheat is the primary cause for heart disease in people with type A and type O.  Red meat is not good for type A, but you need protein in the form of fish, fish, fish and more fish  ;D(which is good for your heart), chicken and tofu or soy products.

My family has very serious heart disease as well and it is why I am following this diet.  I am a type O and one brother is type O, my sister and other brother are type A.  All three of my siblings have had bypass surgery, with my sister and brother, both type A's having heart attacks and cardiac arrest, and my type O brother not having either, but still needing a quadruple bypass.  All my male cousins have heart disease and one female cousin having heart disease. :'(  I totally can relate to your concern.  :-/
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Sunday, June 19, 2011, 4:40am; Reply: 12
Quoted from leeyah87
Aloha everyone!  I am Type A and was diagnosed with high cholesterol at the age of 12.  Yes, very young, but high cholesterol and heart disease runs in my father's side of the family.  My youngest sister was also diagnosed with high cholesterol at 12 years old as well.  My father had a heart attack in his 50's (he survived) and his dad died from a heart attack in his 40's.  My father takes medication for his high cholesterol and has quit smoking and has made some life changes.  He is Type A as well, but he's already told me that he isn't going to give up meat.  However, he has cut back a lot and tries to eat more fish.

Well, my concern is whether I'll be able to lower my cholesterol solely from following the BTD and altering my lifestyle.  My doctor said if I don't lower my cholesterol on my own within 6 months, then I will be put on medication (statins).  In my teens and early to mid 20's, I ate a lot of meat - I mean A LOT.  I am now in my late 20's and am wondering if I'll be able to start over and start fresh and undo the negatives that I've caused myself?  What do you think?  Other than high cholesterol, I suffer from heart palpitations.  It feels like my heart literally skips a beat and there is an empty feeling in my chest accompanied by a feeling of doom.  Another heart concern I have is that it doesn't take much to get it to beat hard and fast.  Just standing up causes a pounding in my chest and I get dizzy and have to bend over and hang my head for a few seconds before I can stand straight up.  Also, when I work out my heart pounds.  I tried doing yoga yesterday and could only tolerate 15 minutes of it before I felt wobbly and felt like I needed a nap.  I'm also tired all the time and have a lack of energy.  I am a light sleeper and do not sleep well at night.  I NEVER sleep through the night.  I also get headaches often, to the point where I carry a bottle of Tylenol with me at all times.  I also have a lot of "brain farts" and can't remember words while I'm talking.  I don't know if this is relevant, but I am thin (5'5", 95 lbs), but I have excess fat on my belly.

I know these are a lot of things to consider, but I would really love to hear your suggestions and/or experiences.  Are there certain foods I should eat to help lower my cholesterol?  I have high hopes that if I start eating for my type then I'll be able to control my Type A ailments.  Thank you for listening!


Resveratrol is probably one of the best things to use found in red wine and red or black grape juice. Also red yeast rice is something to try as well as gugulipids for something natural.

And don't forget to exercise....
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:05pm; Reply: 13
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Okra is not available here where I live


It is sold frozen.
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