So, I’ve found out that I have high cholesterol, and I guess it’s fairly high.
Further, there seems to be somewhat of a consensus that it’s hereditary, rather than lifestyle contributing to it.
Here are some stats:
I eat a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet. I do eat fish (tuna or salmon) about twice a week for the Omega 3’s and the skin benefits. Once in a blue moon I’ll eat prawns.
I do moderate exercise pretty well everyday including walking (briskly so I break a sweat), pilates, yoga and occasionally team sports and hiking. I consider myself to be in “good” shape. When I went for an assessment at a local gym (it was a freeby type deal), my cardiovascular system was rated as that of an “elite athlete” - which is kind of funny, since I’ve met and worked with some elite athletes, and I’m not one of them - but I am pretty fit - I don’t get winded easily and have excellent endurance.
I am at a healthy weight - my BMI is 21, which is appropriate for my age, which is 31.
My body fat is about 19%.
I don’t smoke and drink VERY occasionally. (Maybe 4 glasses of wine or martinis a year.)
My mother also has high cholesterol, however she eats a TERRIBLE diet (eg she fries her hamburgers in butter!) and her cholesterol is actually lower than mine?!?!
Currently I’m scheduled for a blood re-test at the end of this month, to monitor the situation. My physician has given me the standard “how to lower your cholesterol” diet information which I’m following. It’s almost identical to my regular diet, except that it recommends chicken and whatnot, which I don’t eat.
My question is this - assuming that my high cholesterol is hereditary, as opposed to lifestyle related, will my diet even matter? If I’m genetically programmed to have a big number, will me watching what I eat actually effect that number?
I guess what I really want to know is can I eat the Skor bar that I found in the back of my desk drawer just now, without killing myself? I mean, if it’s gonna kill me, I’ll restrain myself, but it looks realllly good.
Thank you in advance for suggestions and opinions.