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Thanks; very helpful. Her results for December, January and February were:Katydid wrote:My understanding is that moderate wine consumption will raise HDL cholesterol. So, in one respect, yes, your total cholesterol will go up if you drink wine, but in a good way.
But there is also a bad effect of wine drinking, and that is to raise your triglycerides. Remember that Total cholesterol = LDL + HDL + (0.2 x triglycerides). So a raise in triglycerides can also raise total cholesterol.
The question your wife needs to answer is whether her HDL cholesterol has gone up, or whether her triglycerides have?
If the answer is neither, then she may simply be genetically inclined to have a cholesterol around 150. And that's OK. My cholesterol is 180 and has been for over ten years and I am very strict with my diet. As they say, genetics loads the gun, but diet pulls the trigger. With this diet, you've put a trigger lock on your genetics
flroots wrote:Overall HDL and triglycerides seem to be stable. Do we conclude that her results are then OK based upon genetic makeup?
Thanks. She might have 1-2 cups of green tea/day. It's not de-caffeinated. Not sure if she'd be willing to do 3-4 months without her wineETeSelle wrote:flroots wrote:Overall HDL and triglycerides seem to be stable. Do we conclude that her results are then OK based upon genetic makeup?
She could try stopping the alcohol for 3-4 months and then recheck. Also, does she drink coffee? That can raise cholesterol. I would do that first. If the cholesterol STILL stays the same, then that's what she's stuck with. Everyone is a little different and some people just have a genetic propensity that will limit how far a number can come down. That's like my BP--losing 90 pounds and being on MWL w/ no added salt barely changed it. Ditching coffee finally helped--but only a little. My BP is still 120-130/70-80 no matter what I do. I have no other risk factors and there is nothing more I can do (without drugs, which I choose not to take).
Most people out there would KILL for 157 total cholesterol. It's only "higher" compared to the really low numbers many people achieve on this plan. But your wife has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced her risk--both by lowering her TC and by simply eating this way--so if removing the alcohol doesn't touch it, she can be sure that she has done everything she can.
flroots wrote:She might have 1-2 cups of green tea/day. It's not de-caffeinated. Not sure if she'd be willing to do 3-4 months without her wine
flroots wrote:Good, I'll let her read this thread when I'm out of harm's wayshell1226 wrote:I agree with ETeSelle. Cut out the wine and see if it helps. Wifey won't know until she tries it.
soliver wrote:A few points fluctuating with women could be hormonal. I try to take my blood a day or two before my cycle so I can get the most accurate reading.
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