and interesting job. I saw the seal-in-the-sewer story on TV.
From the wording
of your message I would suggest that your first move is to have
your serum cholesterol measured again. Laboratories do make mistakes
and 340 mg% is pretty high, particularly for a vegan.
The next move
is to determine if you really are a vegan. Food labels must be read
with great care because the dairy industry manages to sneak casein
and whey into most everything and animal proteins seem to raise
cholesterol as effectively as animal fat. Hydrogenated fat gets
into many food products and it also raises cholesterol.
is associated with elevated cholesterol levels and it in turn can
be caused by overconsumption of undercooked soy products.
Then you should
contemplate your genes. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a possibility
here and if that's the problem then your parents and grandparents
most likely had cholesterol-related health problems (e.g. heart
disease and gallstones).
diet should center on fresh vegetables and whole fruit, rather than
starches and grains which are nowhere near as nutritious and which
can raise triglyceride levels. In spite of their high fat content
avocados and raw nuts lower cholesterol levels.
There may be
some solace in my unproven suspicion that high serum cholesterol
levels in a true vegan are not much of a risk since it's mostly
dietary cholesterol that winds up in the arterial lining rather
than the ~ 500 mg you synthesize daily yourself.
Hope this helps.
Harris MD received a degree in physics from the University of
California Berkeley, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received
his degree in medicine from the University of California at San
Francisco, and received his postgraduate training at San Diego County
Hospital. He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He
has been an Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director
of the Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his
retirement in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis
In addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is
an accomplished hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became
a skydiver with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian
since 1950, and vegan since 1963.