Has your Cholesterol Blood-Test reading improved on the Atkins diet?

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Gigi39

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Posted: 29 Sep 2011, 11:39
I have gone off the Statin because of extreme leg pain and fatigue. Last month I started the Atkins diet and have lost about 12 lbs. Since having discontinued the medication in (I believe it was) May of this year, I have been reluctant to ask for a blood-test. My cholesterol intake, according to the general health suggestions, is quite high. I did have a stroke several years ago, but at that time it was not due to high cholesterol levels. They put me on Statins right away afterwards.
Can anyone tell me if you had better Blood Test results regarding your cholesterol readings while on the Atkins WOE. I sure would appreciate hearing from you.
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Gigi39

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Posted: 10 Mar 2012, 13:21
My results are in, cholesterol is up even highter.
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ltreed3

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Posted: 14 Mar 2012, 13:19
Yes! I have been doing Atkins for about 11 years. A few years ago, I fell off the wagon for about a month, and during that time I had bloodwork done. It came back that my cholesterol was high. I knew why! So, I went back on induction and 2 months later had the bloodwork done again, and it went down...hold onto your seat...60 POINTS! I couldn't believe it. I still can't, but it happened to me, so I know it's true. Sometimes, when you first go on Atkins, it does go up a little, but then everything settles in and it will start to go down. Just make sure you're not adding any carbs in the form of flour/sugar,and you should be fine.

Let me know how it goes! Stay focused on your eating and wait another month...then see how your numbers are.

Lori Smile
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1Sista

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Posted: 15 Mar 2012, 10:22
I have been wondering about my Cholesterol also, it has been high for years and I am on Statins and have been for a long time, I go see my doctor next week to get the results of my last blood draw, sure hope things are okay.
Gigi39

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Posted: 15 Mar 2012, 13:41
Sista:
Sure hope so too. Let me know how your's comes out. I have resumed Statins, taking 5 mg of Liptor to see how I can handle it. So far so good.

Marlene:
That's what I am starting to do, watching calories, adding more carbs. Water has not been enough lately. thanks for the reminder. Oh yes, my BP is fine, normal.

Lori:
I will try to keep calories in check as well as the carbs. Thank you again for the info.

Hugs to all of you Smile
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Yvonne19

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Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 17:15
Gigi The last time I had my Cholesterol checked from when I first started this journey it came down from 260 to 212 and that was last September 2011 so I am hoping when I go back for my yearly it will have come down again. My BP when I first started was high and I was on meds, thankfully now it is normal, in fact the last time I went it was 117/78 it seems to hover around that now.

My brother was taking statins and having so many problems he had to give them up he tried quite a few different ones. So now is eating Atkins type of diet but hasn't had his numbers yet. But then a good friend of mine has been taking statins and has had no health problems at all and her cholesterol has come down dramatically. But I think it is the case of getting the right one. Best of luck {{{HUGS}}}
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DLynneGarner

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Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 19:07
Last time mine was checked it had gone down from totals of 240 before Atkins to 190 even after about 8 years into doing low carb, and though the ratio for mine was still slightly higher on the LDL side it was of no concern to my doctor and triglicerides was good too. My husband's was down from 280s to 260s, but when they did the total lipid profile they found his HDL to be high, LDL low and triglicerides low too, which was good and showed he was at an extremely low to no risk of heart disease. Don't go by just the total if they recommend meds, ask for the lipid breakdown to fully analyze your true risks.
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greener333

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Posted: 01 Apr 2012, 22:43
Before I started on Atkins I was controlling cholesterol at 185 with Lipitor, Niaspan, fish oil and 10q. I started Atkins in Jan 2011. October 2011 cholesterol was 185 with better HDL, LDL. Still doing statins and all the rest. Two weeks ago, with no change in meds, cholesterol was up to 275. Not sure what the cause was.

My weight loss is about 100 lbs, but the loss stalled for the three months before the test. Switched to a generic Lipitor. we are puzzled
Gigi39

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Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 20:13
I don't know what happened, but I lost track of this post Sad . Thank you all for the information. I am getting a blood test this week, will see what the results are now. I am hoping they are much improved. @ Greener, could it be the generic Lipitor that my be less effective? I hope you get it under control. Smile
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Gigi39

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Posted: 01 Jun 2012, 10:40
The blood test result was LDL 119, down from 180. This was in two months time. I have been taking 1/2 of 5 mg Lipitor (2 1/2 mg). I feel some of my symptoms return, leg pressure and cramps. Now I am taking the Lipitor every other day, guess I should tell my doctor. I don't think it was the small dose of the statin that brought my readings down, but my diet. The doctor wants the LDL under 100.
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