I was all good till about 1-1/2 years ago.
I went in for a check-up and they did blood work, my cholesterol was over 270.
I was in great shape..blood pressure was fine, pulse...everything including my weight.
The doc told me if I wanted to live to see 40 I'd have to start with my diet and see if I could bring the number down without pharmaceutical help.
3 months later I was down by over 100...healthy range.
He was amazed...so was I.
I did a lot of research on what naturally causes high "bad" cholesterol and high "good" cholesterol.
Turns out there are 4 types of fat:
trans fat (bad) ; saturated fat (bad); (red meat, dairy, pastries)
mono-unsaturated fat (good); poly-unsaturated (good). (fish, soy, whole grains, vegatable/olive oil)
I drink coffee by the gallon, I drink milk like it's going outta style, I love cheese.
The main thing I did was start looking at labels, took most of the dairy out of my diet and replaced with fat free alternatives...switched to milk in my coffee instead of cream.
That right there was all it took, luckily for me because the doc told me it usually doesn't, that on average a persons diet only reflects about 20% of their cholesterol...genetics does the rest - usually.
Here's the kicker...the little things you don't realize - heart disease/attacks is the MAIN focus on lowering cholesterol, but once the plaque builds in your circulatory system it slows flow...which physically slows everything.
It could just be in my head, but I feel like I'm in my 20's again...physically I do things now that used to take much more time..I'd be outta breath more quickly.
So...when I'm leaving a store and there's a sausage stand...yup, I drool.
I go home and grill up a turkey sausage instead...pizza is out - period, until restaurants can start using fat free cheese and vegetable oil.
If you guys haven't had your cholesterol checked...do it.
Guy my sweety worked with just dropped to the floor on the job from a heart attack...left a wife and 3 lil' ones behind without warning - he was 39.