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A 31-year-old male asked:

what are the pills available to lower the cholesterol?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Too many to list: "statins " are most common, they work thru hmg-coa inhibitor and work thru the liver. Welchol blocks fat absorption in the large intestine, Zetia blocks absorption in the small bowel, Niacin raises the good cholesterol HDL and lowers the trigylcerides. Fish oil such as lovasa has omega 3 and lowers triglycerides, fibrates such as tricor (fenofibrate) lower triglycerides as well. Can use these solo or in combo.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you manage your cholesterol?

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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lot's of ways: A diet low in calories and low in fat. Getting regular aerobic type exercise, losing weight if you're over weight and if your levels are significantly high talk to a doctor about getting it down with medication which can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Are fingerstick cholesterol tests accurate?

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Dr. Jackie Lam
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Kind of: It can be a quick screening test - but it only shows you your total cholesterol and not the components (hdl, tg, ldl, etc.).
A 26-year-old member asked:

Does coffee elevate your cholesterol?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
No, unless....: Unless you drink a lot of it and load it up with sugar and cream/high fat milk.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are foods that will lower cholesterol?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Fill up your plate: With fruits and veggies, fiber (whole grains, oatmeal, nuts and beans). Eat lean meat, fish. Cook with olive oil.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Which shellfish have high levels of cholesterol?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Lobster,crab,shrimp: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7132729/. "our data indicated that large quantities of lobster, crab, and shrimp were only mildly hypercholesterolemic in normals, but less so than other cholesterol-containing foods. Clams, oysters, and scallops were not hypercholesterolemic in normal subjects but were in a hypercholesterolemic patient.".

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