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what can i do to treat bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Diet and exercise: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do take any more than one drink on a given day. If this does not work you may need medication.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Have doctors found that certain foods lower bad cholesterol?

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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes: Many foods, including oatmeal, oat bran, fish, nuts, olive oil, spinach and several others have been shown in research to help with lowering cholesterol.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I reduce bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Reducing LDL : Mediterranean diet, weight loss, exercise, cut out prepared foods, more vegetables and fruits.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is swiss cheese bad for your cholesterol?

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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not in moderation: Low fat cheese is part of a healthy diet and can decrease the risk of osteoporosis, stroke and high blood pressure as well as migraines. Cheese can be high in fat and sodium so you should only eat 1-2 small portions per day.
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Does chocolate increase bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 22 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 of coronary disease. But chocolate also contains cholesterol raising fats, sugar, and milk. For the most benefit and least risk, choose chocolate high in cocoa solids and enjoy in moderation. As little as 1/4oz daily may protect from inflammation.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between good and bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Good and bad: Good cholesterol or HDL has been shown to be beneficial, or rather a high HDL is a negative risk for heart disease. Bad cholesterol, or LDL is a risk factor for heart disease so that should be kept as low as possible. These are affected by heredity, diet and exercise and you can change them to lower your risk.

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