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Dr. Doug Hansen

Family Medicine
Littleton, CO
23 years experience male

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Littleton, CO

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Altitude Family and Internal Medicine, 13402 W Coal Mine Ave, Suite 230, Littleton, CO
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Family Medicine

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English

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54 Answers
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Several ways: While this is a topic we do not understand completely... Omega-3 fatty acids seem to regulate digestion and enhance metabolism via the regualtion of ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends on the goal: An atkin's type diet can be very effective and is one of the fastest diets for weight loss. Many also experience significant improvements in Insulin ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Hmmmm...: Low dose Niacin is generally safe but can cause both bothersome side effects such as flushing and worrisome side effects such as liver toxicity; Niaci... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Great question.: In a small study performed years ago raw almonds were compared to roasted almonds and almond butter measuring their effect on lipids. All products we... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most shellfish: Shellfish in general have faily high levels of cholesterol. However they tend to be low in saturated fats and trans fats while high in healthy omega-... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not enough to matter: Shark cartilage supplements are most commonly used for osteoarthritis. Although the supplement capsules do contain some cholesterol, the amount shoul... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Fast, as in 1 week.: Most cholesterol medications will maximally lower cholesterol levels in about a week, however other cardiac benefits such as plaque stabilization may ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most shellfish: Shellfish in general have faily high levels of cholesterol. However they tend to be low in saturated fats and trans fats while high in healthy omega-... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Likely.: Omega-3 fatty acids do seem to have a very mild antiplatelet effect somewhat similar to aspirin, and as such may slightly increase bleeding risk. Mos... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Safe to a degree: A statin would likely be indicated given your coronary history. However only certain statins and doses woud be appropriate given your concurrent use ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Vascular Disease: Hardening of the arteries typically refers to cardiovascular disease or calcification. High blood pressure and high cholesterol both contribute to va... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
We do not know: Rasberry ketone is gaining momentum as a possible weight loss supplement and was recently discussed by dr. Oz. The data regarding this supplement is l... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends.: Most guidelines suggest managing your thyroid condition prior to considering treatment for cholesterol. However if your thyroid is appropriately mana... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends.: Niacin has been used in doses as low as 500mg or less and as high as 3000mg or more. However, Niacin can cause both bothersome side effects such as f... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Probably genetic.: Most cases of high cholesterol do have a genetic basis, and this does not necessarily mean that your parents or other family members share the same cl... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Many ways.: There are many wonderful treatments for high cholesterol ranging from lifestyle intervention to nutritional supplements to medications. Combining the... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Sure.: The most effective lifestyle modifications to increase HDL cholesterol include exericse, omega-3 fatty acids, a low glycemic diet, stopping smoking, a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
A little.: According to various studies, healthy nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and possibly even peanuts may cause a small reduction (around 5 to 7%) in LDL and... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Possibly.: A study from 1993 shows some benefit to grapeseed oil when it comes to its effects on both HDL and LDL cholesterol. However at this point it would be... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not really: There may be a corrolation between high cholesterol and joint pain, as in... Inactivity and being overweight can lead to both high cholesterol and joi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
In many ways.: There are may benefits to omega-3 fatty acids. From a cardiovascular standpoint the most impressive effects are probably the antiarrhythmic, antithro... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends on the goal: An atkin's type diet can be very effective and is one of the fastest diets for weight loss. Many also experience significant improvements in Insulin ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Absolutely: A high fiber diet can be helpful both alone and in combination with certain medications. Fiber helps to prevent the dietary absorption of cholesterol... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Sometimes: First, you and your doctor must decide if you should be on cholesterol medication. The most frequently prescribed regimen is daily. However, some ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Anatomy & physiology: Arterial and venous disease are very different phenomena. Although there are always exceptions to the rule... Anatomically and physiologically speaki... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Both.: Generally speeking saturated fat and cholesterol levels in one's diet corrolate very well with each other, or (again generally speaking) when one goes... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Many ways.: There are many wonderful treatments for high cholesterol ranging from lifestyle intervention to nutritional supplements to medications. Combining the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No good data: Shark cartilage is a nutritional supplement thought to possibly be helpful for arthritis do to its naturally high level of chondroitin. Unfortunately... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Possibly: Several studies shows that when this happens, over time you may see an improvement in your vascular health as evidenced by stabilization of plaque, re... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
30 to 40 grams daily: Fiber is beneficial in both decreasing dietary cholesterol absorption and improving glucose metabolism. Search for food sources with a significant am... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Better absorption: Lovastatin is a relatively week and short-acting medication compared to some of the other drugs in its class. Certain measures can improve its effica... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not usually.: Although, because excess amounts of many vitamins are eliminated in the urine, you may see some color changes to your urine.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Western European: Statistically speaking, western europe has the worst cholesterol in the world (specifically men in iceland and women in greenland). In america, our n... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
A few things: Five major players come to mind with a rapid spike in cholesterol. Significant dietary changes, a change in your genetic phenotype (when bad genes ca... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends, ask your MD: According to the the national cholesterol education program, your ldl-c goal may be as high as 160mg/dl or as low as 70mg/dl depending on your level o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Trauma.: There are many theories to how elevated blood pressure leads to cvd. The most accepted theory is that of trauma and stress. Think of a fast running ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes and no: Flavanoids, the healthy chemicals found in things like red wine and cocoa have been shown to marginally lower cholesterol and possibly lower the risk ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
You could.: Although it sounds like you have had a thorough workup in the past, chest pain should always be taken seriously and evaluated as there are moany poten... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It may effect the...: Eating may effect the measure of your triglycerides. Standard cholesterol testing is unreliable do to a calculation that cannot be performed acuratel... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Many ways.: There are many wonderful treatments for high cholesterol ranging from lifestyle intervention to nutritional supplements to medications. Combining the... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Both, kind of...: The main function of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to decrease your hepatic production of cholesterol. However, several studies shows that when this happ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No: High cholesterol and hypertension are mostly separate issues although both increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol is primarily... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not true: Raw spinach has no cholesterol and has a number of health benefits. However it is easy to make it cholesterol-laden and unhealthy by adding butter, ch... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Several.: According to various studies, nuts in general may cause a small reduction (around 5 to 7%) in LDL and total cholesterol and a slight bump in healthy c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Genetics & Lifestyle: These are the two main causes of high cholesterol. For the average individual only about 10 to 20% of your circulating cholesterol is from dietary so... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
In an HDL particle.: Cholesterol is cholesterol is cholesterol. It has both good and bad properties. In the bloodstream cholesterol can be packaged in one of two differe... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Stay hydrated.: While most of enjoy the low humidity in denver, it can cause a few problems, and can be worse with certain medicines. Obviously you have noticed a dr... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most should not: Multivatamins in tablet or capsule form tend to be very low in calories and should not cause weight gain. Some liquid vitamins however, may contain a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Possibly.: Research has shown that those with a history of joint pain can experience fluctuations in their level of pain with even small shifts in barometric pre... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It does help.: Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combination of Simvastatin and ezetimibe. Simvastatin lowers cholesterol by decreasing the livers production... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hansen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hansen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I have had my blood pressure and cholesterol checked in September, and need refills on my meds. Can you help.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks and God bless
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1999MD

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