Conflicting info regarding sugar and high cholesterol

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Most of the websites I've visited say to eat lots of veggies and fruit. They also say to reduce sugar intake. But, fruit has a significant amount of sugar. The sites are not making any distinction of different types of sugar, so its a bit confusing. Does anyone with experience with high cholesterol have any input on this?

Back story: A family member of mine has been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I'm not sure what her doctor has advised her to do. I am just doing some browsing on the subject so I can support her. Thanks!

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  • FredDoyle
    FredDoyle Posts: 2,273 Member
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    Most of the websites I've visited say to eat lots of veggies and fruit. They also say to reduce sugar intake. But, fruit has a significant amount of sugar. The sites are not making any distinction of different types of sugar, so its a bit confusing. Does anyone with experience with high cholesterol have any input on this?

    Back story: A family member of mine has been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I'm not sure what her doctor has advised her to do. I am just doing some browsing on the subject so I can support her. Thanks!

    Don't be overweight (lose weight if needed)
    Exercise 30 mins. per day (to invcease HDL)
    Cut carbs (to lower triglycerides)

    That's what I did. If the condition is genetic, you may need meds regardless.
  • AlyRoseNYC
    AlyRoseNYC Posts: 1,075 Member
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    Most of the websites I've visited say to eat lots of veggies and fruit. They also say to reduce sugar intake. But, fruit has a significant amount of sugar. The sites are not making any distinction of different types of sugar, so its a bit confusing. Does anyone with experience with high cholesterol have any input on this?

    Back story: A family member of mine has been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I'm not sure what her doctor has advised her to do. I am just doing some browsing on the subject so I can support her. Thanks!

    Don't be overweight (lose weight if needed)
    Exercise 30 mins. per day (to invcease HDL)
    Cut carbs (to lower triglycerides)

    That's what I did. If the condition is genetic, you may need meds regardless.

    Thanks for the response. Can you be more specific about the carbs? All carbs? Including fruits and veggies?
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,371 Member
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    My doctor didn't even mention carbs... just fat.. which apparently isn't even true anyway.

    But yeah, it's mostly genetic. I've cut down my sugar/fat intake by a ton when I lost all this weight, and my cholesterol is worse now than it was when I was obese. But either way, there's no reason ever to worry about sugar in fruit, unless you're diabetic.
  • FredDoyle
    FredDoyle Posts: 2,273 Member
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    Most of the websites I've visited say to eat lots of veggies and fruit. They also say to reduce sugar intake. But, fruit has a significant amount of sugar. The sites are not making any distinction of different types of sugar, so its a bit confusing. Does anyone with experience with high cholesterol have any input on this?

    Back story: A family member of mine has been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I'm not sure what her doctor has advised her to do. I am just doing some browsing on the subject so I can support her. Thanks!

    Don't be overweight (lose weight if needed)
    Exercise 30 mins. per day (to invcease HDL)
    Cut carbs (to lower triglycerides)

    That's what I did. If the condition is genetic, you may need meds regardless.

    Thanks for the response. Can you be more specific about the carbs? All carbs? Including fruits and veggies?

    I didn't say get rid of carbs. If your triglycerides are high like mine were, maybe you are eating too many, so eat fewer.
    I have no idea how many the person is eating so I can''t answer.
    I went from about 50% carb diet to 40% and it improved my numbers.
    I ended up about 40% carb, 25% protein, 35% fat.

    Oh, and I forgot an important componenet for me. Increase fibre.
    I eat 30 grams per day. Before I was nowhere near that.
  • AlyRoseNYC
    AlyRoseNYC Posts: 1,075 Member
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    Most of the websites I've visited say to eat lots of veggies and fruit. They also say to reduce sugar intake. But, fruit has a significant amount of sugar. The sites are not making any distinction of different types of sugar, so its a bit confusing. Does anyone with experience with high cholesterol have any input on this?

    Back story: A family member of mine has been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I'm not sure what her doctor has advised her to do. I am just doing some browsing on the subject so I can support her. Thanks!

    Don't be overweight (lose weight if needed)
    Exercise 30 mins. per day (to invcease HDL)
    Cut carbs (to lower triglycerides)

    That's what I did. If the condition is genetic, you may need meds regardless.

    Thanks for the response. Can you be more specific about the carbs? All carbs? Including fruits and veggies?

    I didn't say get rid of carbs. If your triglycerides are high like mine were, maybe you are eating too many, so eat fewer.
    I have no idea how many the person is eating so I can''t answer.
    I went from about 50% carb diet to 40% and it improved my numbers.
    I ended up about 40% carb, 25% protein, 35% fat.

    Oh, and I forgot an important componenet for me. Increase fibre.
    I eat 30 grams per day. Before I was nowhere near that.

    Thanks again for sharing. I know there are so many factors that can play into, but it's good to hear first hand accounts like this. I appreciate it!
  • yarwell
    yarwell Posts: 10,477 Member
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    Can you be more specific about the carbs? All carbs? Including fruits and veggies?

    The bloodstream and organs don't know where the carbs came from - the sucrose in the bowl looks the same as the sucrose in an orange by the time you've eaten and digested it. Ditto the starch in bread, a potato or glucose in a fruit.