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A 48-year-old male asked:

Can stress be a cause of raising cholestrol.my blood pressure isnt too bad but i have heart disease early stages cholestrol 8.2' im on statins.

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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Stress and cholesterol: Study show it can raise cholesterol. I think of stress as outwardly pressure on us. It's better to think of inward pressure from unpleasant emotions such as anger fear, distress, disgust and shame. When looked at this way you can see these as either positive or negative if you see them as positive they are telling you to pay attention to what is wrong and this is a positive take on stress.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Follow your doctor's: Advice. It would help to quit smoking, lose weight, if you are overweight, reduce you intake of salt and change your life style to 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 , no more than one drink/day.
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Last updated Feb 24, 2014


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