Rowing / Diet for high cholesterol

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Rowing / Diet for high cholesterol

Post by forestlaw » May 4th, 2022, 12:08 pm

New to the forums here, but have gathered a lot of great info over the past few days! I appreciate all the tips on form and seeing how I stack up against others with my weight/height profile.

So to give some background, after waking up one morning and feeling like total garbage and seeing my gut was way bigger than I remembered, I thought, okay no more added sugar and better start exercising. I think I'd fall under the classic "skinny fat" profile.

Since that day, about a month ago, I've rowed every day on the concept2 for 20 minutes, sometimes doing intervals, sometimes just rowing, with gradual improvement on my distance. With my diet and this exercise, I've lost about 4 pounds and feel a million times better -- my mood and ability to focus have both greatly improved.

I started on a somewhat lenient keto diet (cutting out grain-based carbs, no sugar), but I just learned I have high LDL levels -- about 270 -- heart disease runs in my family-- I'm a 39 year old male. My doctor said a healthy vegan diet done right is probably the most effective to lower cholesterol, but somewhat hard to stick to. Making these changes in my diet/fitness has certainly given me the confidence to make further adjustments as needed. I'm also interested in strength training, but that takes a back seat trying to prevent heart disease :D

I know I'm a prime candidate for statins, but i'd like to see what i can do with diet/exercise over the next four months or so before i go that route.

Anyone have tips or been through similar challenges? To think I yelled at my wife when she bought our concept2 years ago...now it's a lifesaver!

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Re: Rowing / Diet for high cholesterol

Post by pagomichaelh » May 4th, 2022, 1:41 pm

Genetics makes a huge difference. All of my father's family (and it was a large extended one) died of coronary heart disease, starting at age 41.

My body refuses to respond to dietary cholesterol changes. Started on a relatively low dose statin, I'm now in the 'good to go' range.

Most people are somewhat in the middle.
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Re: Rowing / Diet for high cholesterol

Post by forestlaw » May 4th, 2022, 2:07 pm

pagomichaelh wrote:
May 4th, 2022, 1:41 pm
Genetics makes a huge difference. All of my father's family (and it was a large extended one) died of coronary heart disease, starting at age 41.

My body refuses to respond to dietary cholesterol changes. Started on a relatively low dose statin, I'm now in the 'good to go' range.

Most people are somewhat in the middle.
yeah, good point -- i'm thinking i might have to go the statin route given my family history

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Re: Rowing / Diet for high cholesterol

Post by Joebasscat » May 4th, 2022, 2:09 pm

I'm certainly not a doctor and maybe someone comes along here who is. But having said that, I personally would seek out a Coronary Calcium Scan prior to starting any statin drugs. My cholesteral screenngs are showing a tad elevated (not significant) but when I had the scan performed my results where pretty low and suggested only minimal narrowing of the atreries. Were it not for the scan, my GP would be ordering up the drugs. Scan was cheap too! I'll likely go that route every 4-5 years.

Sounds like you are on the right track and good for you. Diet and exercise may very well produce a good outcome for you. As always pay attention to your Doc, but use your head as well.
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