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Significant cholesterol improvement

Over the course of 15 months my HDL ("good" cholesterol) increased by 44% while my LDL ("bad" cholesterol) decreased by 32%. My triglycerides decreaed 62% during that same time period.

This was done with no medications -- just changes in diet and exercise. (And I had already started eating better when the first test was done, so the total improvement was probably a bit more than that.

May 2004
LDL 123
HDL 25
triglycerides 141
total 175
total/HDL = 7.1

August 2005
LDL 93
HDL 36
triglycerides 54
total 140
total/HDL = 3.9

My weight loss during this particular period of time was about 60 pounds.

Then again, I think this is improvement. I'm not sure what the experts over at The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics would say. But at least I did it by healthy changes in diet and exercise and not by using statins! I must say that what I read on the THINCS website is the main reason I have whole yogurt instead of fat-free yogurt for breakfast -- don't want to get too many carbs in my diet and my cholesterol isn't at all high.

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