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Nutrition & HIV / High Cholesterol - natural treatment
« Last post by terrymoore on Yesterday at 10:37:20 PM »
Hi,
SO, i have always been on the "borderline-high" side of my cholesterol numbers - even pre-poz.
I always exercised and looked good and never gave much thought about what i ate - sort of like a teenager i guess.
The first time a doctor suggested that i change my diet (10 years before i was diagnosed HIV), instead of listening, i was like "screw this!" and decided never to go to a doctor for another depressing check-up. My logic was, i felt good, i looked good, i trained hard, worked hard, played hard - life was good. Why worry?
Fats forward 10 years, HIV Dx, aggressive treatment and my Cholesterol was in the sky. The doc put me on statins, and, becuase i was still in shock from the Dx, i took them without even thinking - as if it was part of my HIV meds. Fast forward a few months, UD, high CD4, change of regiment to Complera, and Cholesterol down to normal levels, i asked my doc to stop with the statins and he was ok.
The first 3 months were good - normal levels.
the next 3 months, i took a summer vacation, ate like a pig (i would eat the fat on the steak!!) and didn`t really exercise. I came back and BOOM! Cholesterol around 275 (supposed to be less than 200) and the LDL was like 210 (should be less than 100). WOW! I convince the doc to allow me to treat it naturally. HE says sure, you have your entire life to start statins - give it a shot".
So here i am 3 months later and i just got my results:
CD4 stiil ~1200 @ 46%
VL still <40 i.e UD
Cholesterol = 210
LDL = 166
HDL = 36
I have treated myself naturally with Garlic pills, Fish oil pills, chia, FLax seeds and trying to eat healthier.
I admit that i was not perfect with my diet and with my exercise.
So my question before i see the doc today:
Even though there was significant improvement overall, my LDL and HDL are still bad.
I wonder if it is too soon to see the FULL results of the fish oil etc ? I wonder if it is possible that my numbers will get me even better? Or, is it the opposite? Meaning, have i maxed out, and, no matter how much i try, my numbers will be high, and i have to take statins if i want to lower them any more.
Obviously i am trying to avoid taking statins, but is this a futile battle?
Shall i just take the statin and live normally?
My blood pressure is still normal (although i notice a slight steady rise compared to a few years ago).
i HAVE put on some weight in the last few months and have not really trained as regularly as i used to because of work load and general laziness. I also have started drinking more often in the last few months - something that i know if i cut down will reduce my weight in help my general health.
Thoughts? Sage advise? Insights?



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Living With HIV / Re: INFLUENZA
« Last post by Egyptianman on Yesterday at 10:26:12 PM »
Get well soon dear Daniel   :)
43
Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 10:11:29 PM »
A.  Are you kidding?  Pee.  That's the only reason to get up in the first place. ;)

B.  In what city were you born?
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Nutrition & HIV / Re: Acids in Food and Complera
« Last post by terrymoore on Yesterday at 10:10:05 PM »
thanks.
So i guess it is a "best not to take it, but if you MUST [because i ate that fried chicken at midnight] then best it is taken more than 2 hours before or more than 4 hours after the Complera.
Since i took mine at midnight and my daily dose is 9 am i am good.
thanks!
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Living With HIV / Re: INFLUENZA
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 10:06:03 PM »
Get well soon, kind sir.  Even HIV negative people get the flu, so I don't think you are at greater risk.  Rest and stay hydrated and you will be fine.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
46
Living With HIV / Re: VL "Blip"
« Last post by den2542 on Yesterday at 09:29:46 PM »
wyosunny I had two blips in my 6 year Atripla voyage. The first one was like 75 and then next one was 27. I guess <25 is the level and below that ur UD. so what I discovered in that time was that during the blips, I'd pop my Atripla pill later than what I should have like for example if I normally take it at about 6 pm, then naturally one should take it the next night at 6 pm. But so I was going to night school and popped it later in the night like say 9:30. It was in those times that I had the blips. So I had a good friend tell me to take the pills at the same time every day. So now voila, so far no blips. Now that everything is great they want to start me on Genvoya. So the blip is what I was told "just happens sometimes because of either something done or something ate or the time one took it. Each time I had the blip, I freaked. So now I respect my pills and thank them for the job they do each time before I take them.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Angustiado, Sexo Oral sin condon
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 09:21:58 PM »
Otra vez estas sin riesgo y no tiene que probar por el VIH.  No vamos a empezar una otra ronda de dudas con Vd. sobre este situacion como con  el previo.

Adelante con su vida.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: preocupado por sexo oral!!!
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 09:18:54 PM »
Sus sintomas son algo a discutir con su doctor y no son el VIH especifico.

Por la ultima vez cualquier los detalles recibiendo el sexo oral es absolutamente sin riesgo por el VIH.

En su caso cuando no hay un riesgo verdadero puede probar a 7 semanas.  Tiene que entender no vamos a continuar una ronda de dudas y preguntas contigo cuando no hay un riesgo.
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 09:03:00 PM »
A.  I am generally in bed between 10-11.  Not a night owl at all -- unfortunately, Sid is, so he sometimes goes out dancing by himself on our cruises (though I do stay up a bit later on vacation).  I like to be up early.

Q.  First thing you do when you get up in the morning (or afternoon for some of you, it seems)?
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by CaveyUK on Yesterday at 08:54:13 PM »
A. Usually on a work night I go to bed around 1am. On a weekend it can be a fair bit later - I'm a night owl, and certainly not a 'morning person'.

Q. Same question
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