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  • #16
    Have your thyroid tested. Anything over a TSH of 1 is hypo, which is the likely cause of your high cholesterol.

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    • #17
      John, I had the same lightheadedness. It scared the bejeebers out of me. The low blood pressure that made me feel like was functioning at 1/2 speed. I had to take a hard look at my total calories (they were low), was getting too few carbs, low sodium, possible dehydration.

      I second that you should read the cholesterol chapter again, read the threads on here about it and take a moment to breath. You'll figure out the cholesterol. Just look at your wife and commit to figuring it out & learn all you can. But the low blood pressure is first, since that has an immediate impact on your day to day function-ability.

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      • #18
        I'm just curious, what weight/body fat % are you?
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        • #19
          One thing is positive, with a low blood pressure like that the risk of damaging your arteries and having teh bad LDL causing issues is lower than with a high BP.

          I don't know if you have an exercise regime but moving regularly is good for lowering LDL.
          If you still are thinking about reducing fat, cut out the oil and butter you are cooking in. Most meats have fluids and fats and don't need additional greasing to prevent burning. Just cook on a lower flame/temp
          If you used butter or oil for veggies, switch it with the remains of what your meat let go...
          Don't cut out animal fat too much but go for the leanest of meat.
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          • #20
            To OP, I would suggest you try to increase your consumption of starches (potatoes, white rice, starchy veggies like butternut squash, etc) and salt.

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            • #21
              In your shoes, I would drop the fish oil, added olive oil and some of the nuts. Maybe it's just too much of a good thing?

              Fish oil thins the blood, which could contribute to the lightheadedness. Actually, I think all kinds of omega oils do this, including the omega 9s in olive oil.

              In any case, I thought fish oil wasn't a recommended supplement these days, and part of the reason is that it raises LDL cholesterol.

              When it comes to fish oil, more is not better

              Just some ideas!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                Have your thyroid tested. Anything over a TSH of 1 is hypo, which is the likely cause of your high cholesterol.
                Do you know of any articles or studies that show that the above is true? Mine is 1.9 (and my LDL is a little higher than I'd like) and I've suspected it's low thyroid but can't find anything to agree.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by mks8500 View Post
                  Do you know of any articles or studies that show that the above is true? Mine is 1.9 (and my LDL is a little higher than I'd like) and I've suspected it's low thyroid but can't find anything to agree.
                  It's way more complicated than that. I've spent a couple of years hanging out on thyroid sites only to finally conclude that my thyroid is okay. The average (as in mean) TSH is somewhere between 1.0 and 1.5. TSH is usually a little lower in men than women for some reason, if I remember correctly.

                  TSH alone doesn't give you all the information that you need because long-term illness causes thyroid function to be depressed without signficantly raising TSH. Metabolic syndrome might do that.

                  A high normal TSH is associated with t... [Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2010] - PubMed - NCBI

                  And to be honest, unless you have autoimmune thyroid disease and the gland is actually being destroyed, then I reckon the slowing down of thyroid function is likely to be a protective mechanism more often than not. There are cases where the pituitary signalling is broken, but that - we are told - is pretty rare.

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                  • #24
                    ***Realized this may sound snarky. I'm not trying to be, I'm just wondering where the two issues, light-headedness and high cholesterol, collide, or if they do.[/QUOTE]

                    Not snarky at all, I appreciate the thoughts. I am just frustrated with feeling lightheaded a lot. It certainly could simply be the low blood pressure but I think I have been low for years and never felt lightheaded. I will keep exploring. JM

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                    • #25
                      Very kind, very thoughtful spk......and very helpful.

                      Originally posted by spk View Post
                      John, I had the same lightheadedness. It scared the bejeebers out of me. The low blood pressure that made me feel like was functioning at 1/2 speed. I had to take a hard look at my total calories (they were low), was getting too few carbs, low sodium, possible dehydration.

                      I second that you should read the cholesterol chapter again, read the threads on here about it and take a moment to breath. You'll figure out the cholesterol. Just look at your wife and commit to figuring it out & learn all you can. But the low blood pressure is first, since that has an immediate impact on your day to day function-ability.

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                      • #26
                        Thank you very much for the feedback. I like the ideas you present.

                        Originally posted by MarielleGO View Post
                        One thing is positive, with a low blood pressure like that the risk of damaging your arteries and having teh bad LDL causing issues is lower than with a high BP.

                        I don't know if you have an exercise regime but moving regularly is good for lowering LDL.
                        If you still are thinking about reducing fat, cut out the oil and butter you are cooking in. Most meats have fluids and fats and don't need additional greasing to prevent burning. Just cook on a lower flame/temp
                        If you used butter or oil for veggies, switch it with the remains of what your meat let go...
                        Don't cut out animal fat too much but go for the leanest of meat.

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                        • #27
                          Maybe try increasing carbs or balancing out omega 3/6. Pork products, factory eggs and nuts are all very high in O6. Here in England 2 sausages have 3g omega 6.

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                          • #28
                            He wants to put me on Zocor....I told him not at this point. He's now going to do a carotid duplex which tests the flow of blood to the brain from around the neck area.

                            Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                            Well...what did your doctor say about the light-headedness? Is it related to the high cholesterol, or did y'all just see that and start worrying about it, and forgetting what you went in there for?

                            Also, there are some great threads on the board about cholesterol. Read a couple of the informative primers. A high total cholesterol number is not necessarily a bad sign. Sit down with your numbers and the formulas, and do the math, step by step.


                            ***Realized this may sound snarky. I'm not trying to be, I'm just wondering where the two issues, light-headedness and high cholesterol, collide, or if they do.

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                            • #29
                              A reduced carb diet will usually lower blood pressure for people, even for people who aren't super low on carbs. Your BP is especially low, lower than that of most athletes and children. Perhaps just add more salt and take some potassium (or use lite salt) and magnesium supplements. See if that helps you feel any better. If not, see a doctor.
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                              • #30
                                Have you had several blood pressure readings? It does change a lot. Last week I did a BP at noon then again later in the day. Noon was 93/63, later was 100/63. I mentioned it to my Naturopath and he wasn't overly concerned, my bp has always been a bit low plus my temps. which won't rise no matter how much thyroid I seem to take. Going paleo and taking T3, massively reduced my high cholesterol to good ranges. So maybe checking thyroid could be a good idea. I eat a load of fat, including bacon every day.
                                Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                                Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
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