Young Mom Overcomes Family Cholesterol History with Diet
By Joel Fuhrman, M.D. www.drfuhrman.com
Success Story Of The Month
I am a 31-year-old female. I have always considered myself to be healthy and active. I had a cholesterol screening done before I had my first child; it was 250. I thought it just a mistake and went on with my life without changing anything. I didn’t have another screening done for a couple years, until after I had my second child. My cholesterol was even higher—284. At that point, I realized that the problem might be me and not faulty tests.
I knew I needed to make some changes, so I picked up a book— Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live, which I found simultaneously enlightening and disturbing. Like most Americans, I was confused about nutrition and amazed to learn just how much disease was related to what I was putting in my mouth. I made a few changes. I started eating more vegetables, but I continued to eat meat.
My next cholesterol screening was a shock—a sky-high 308. My doctor wrote it off to genetics and told me that I needed to be on medication.
I was scared. Although I knew that family members had lowered cholesterol levels with medications, I didn’t want to be on drugs for the rest of my life. I didn’t want the side effects, but I also didn’t want to skirt the problem. I decided to try Dr. Fuhrman’s intensive nutritional therapy first.
It worked! In four months, my cholesterol dropped 110 points. My triglycerides also dropped from a scary 199 to 74!
Dr. Fuhrman’s program empowered me to accept responsibility for my health, and it feels great! My husband’s cholesterol also has dropped. Plus, there has been a wonderful and unexpected side effect. During the first eight weeks I lost 10% of my body weight, taking me to my high school weight!
My cholesterol currently is 198, and I can’t wait for it to drop under 150. I am determined to avoid the bypass surgeries that both my father and his father had. I realize that I am in control, and I look forward to seeing how much healthier I can get.
My doctor also is very excited. He feels very blessed to have a personal story to share with other patients who may be in a similar situation, plus a great book he can recommend.
I confess that I had said in the past that I would never give up eating meat every day. Vegetarian food has a very “hippie” connotation where I come from—where the men hunt and the women cook it up. Needless to say, this is an example of why I need to remove “never” from my vocabulary.
Eat to Live should be required reading in every high school and will make a great father’s day gift any day of the year.
Knowledge is power. Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman, for making me powerful.