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A 46-year-old member asked:

hi drs. will cholesterol meds. take away plaque thats built up? thanks to all

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Plaque: Some studies demonstrate plaque regression with statin cholesterol lowering drugs.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Yes: Many dentists recommend the use of children's toothbrushes because they are smaller and can reach teeth better and softer so they don't cut the gums. There are also good adult toothbrushes which provide more gentle cleaning. The important things for people are using the appropriate toothpaste and the correct technique to brush. A qualified dental hygienist can help guide adults to effective ones.
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Can HDL cholesterol ever be too high?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
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Not that we know: Currently HDL recommendations highlight a minimum number that we like patients to achieve. This numbers by age and sex. There is currently no maximum HDL number, that above which there are associated detrimental effects. Therefore, the current thinking is that the higher the HDL number the better. This number is subject to significant genetic predisposition but can be lowered by diet, smoking, etc.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

How do you naturally increase the HDL or good cholesterol?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
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Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes five times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine.
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What are good levels of HDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Varies: For men, we recommend a level > 40 mg/dl, for women, it's > 50 mg/dl.
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A 62-year-old male asked:

I'm on crestor (rosuvastatin), (rosuvastatin) and now my cholesterol is really good. Can I stop the crestor (rosuvastatin)?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
No : You were placed on it for a reason. Discuss with the prescribing doctor.

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