Lowered His Cholesterol
w/Diet, Walking & Cinnamon
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Below are montefin's actual lab results showing significantly lower Total Cholesterol, lower LDL Cholesterol, higher HDL Cholesterol, and lower Triglyceride fasting blood levels achieved naturally, through food and exercise:
- Total Cholesterol (Optimal Range 130 to 200 mg/dl):
Before - 253, After - 204 -- Lowered by 19.4%
- LDL (Bad) Cholesterol (Optimal Range 60 to 130 mg/dl):
Before - 163, After - 151 -- Lowered by 7.4%
- HDL (Good) Cholesterol (Optimal Range 40+):
Before - 26, After - 35 -- Raised by 34.6%
- Triglycerides (Optimal Range 30 to 150):
Before - 322, After - 92 -- Lowered by 71.4%
Source: VA Hospital fasting blood tests August 2004 and September 2005.
Not quite out-of-the-woods yet, but it elicited a "Whatever you've been doing, keep doing it," from my doctor, who'd originally cautioned me that diet alone could only affect cholesterol by 10% max. I think the 71% drop in Triglycerdies impressed her the most.
Basically what I did, for a year, was modify my regular low carb Atkins maintenance regimen to fit more into the South Beach diet, adding daily servings of fresh or frozen whole fruit -- particularly mangoes, blueberries, persimmons, and oranges, plus whole grains -- mainly Cheerios in 2% or fat free milk with a sprinkling of 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon once, sometimes twice a day.
For exercise, I walked -- 1.5 to 2.5 mph -- for 30 minutes or more, at least 5 days a week -- every week. It's the easiest, gentlest, most convenient exercise going.
Now, this is only one individual's experience so don't take it as Gospel. And remember, this was a combination of food and exercise, although if you pressed me, I'd give most of the credit to the cinnamon!
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