How Much Sugar?

Cholesterol lowering success

  • 10 Sep 2010 12:45 AM
    Message # 416191

    My mother has been following the fructose free plan for 2 months. Previously her cholesterol was up around 8 (dangerous with high levels of LDL), despite her being very slim. She limited fat but ate a great deal of sugar to compensate. She has reversed this pattern as per the book and her last cholesterol reading was 5.9, the drop coming from a decreased LDL. She has only ever been as low as 5.5 and that was while taking statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) and these damaged her liver.

    She is a complete convert and is pretty radical about telling the rest of the family! Who can blame her? The cholesterol issue has been huge for her for a long time.

    I don't have a cholesterol problem but I have been following the guidelines for weight loss and appetite regulation. I have been able to respond to hunger signals better, alas, I have not lost any weight. I have slipped a little but am determined to stick with it, even if it is for the amazing health benefits and not weight loss- let's face it - what is more important (sometimes I lose sight of that!!)?

    In sugar-free health

    Kirsty

  • 24 Sep 2010 6:15 PM
    Reply # 424391 on 416191
    My cholesterol was a concern because at my last visit to the doctor 3 months ago she put me on medication as it was 6.4. Since then I read the Quit Plan book and have been sugar free for 10 weeks. 2 weeks ago I had my blood tested to see if the pills had lowered my cholesterol. I was down to 2.9. She was amazed but I had expected it and told her about my sugar-free lifestyle. She hadn't even heard of the book. She has now!
  • 27 Sep 2010 5:55 AM
    Reply # 425334 on 416191
    I dont have a weight problem (thank you ancestors) but my cholesterol has been too high for a long time.  I got it down to about 6.4 then went sugar free for two months after reding the "Book".  It went up to 6.7.  Either I am still getting too much sugar somewhere or the link to sugar (fructose) is not so direct?  Any suggestions welcome. 
  • 28 Sep 2010 5:40 AM
    Reply # 428609 on 425334
    John Kenyon wrote: I dont have a weight problem (thank you ancestors) but my cholesterol has been too high for a long time.  I got it down to about 6.4 then went sugar free for two months after reding the "Book".  It went up to 6.7.  Either I am still getting too much sugar somewhere or the link to sugar (fructose) is not so direct?  Any suggestions welcome. 


    Hi John

    It would be interesting to check the values of your LDL v HDL. My understanding is that fructose affects the LDL (''bad'') cholesterol while good oils increase the good HDL cholesterol. The overall cholesterol reading does not give you the full picture and I understand that it is the ratio that most doctors are concerned with.

    Kind regards

    Kirsty 

  • 17 Oct 2010 8:35 PM
    Reply # 445561 on 416191
    Anonymous

    Good point Kirsty ... the studies say that we should expect a fructophobe's LDL to decrease, but their HDL to increase ... and the LDL/HDL ratio to improve.

    Cheers

    David.

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