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A 44-year-old female asked:

can pumpkin help low bad triglycerides?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not the key: Ignore everything you read online about food choices, especially vegetables / fruits that are magic / "superfoods". Hit the aerobic fitness circuit hard; fitness and waistline are more important goals than lowering a number from the lab. Consider starting on meds for your hypertension and diabetes.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does taking pumpkin seed really work against parasites?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Pumpkin seeds: It is my understanding, that pumpkin seeds may help get rid of parasites. One needs to consume a lot however, and according to what I have read, that means 200-400 grams of pumpkin seeds (one half to one whole pound!). So, you could grind them up and make like a thick soup and drink it. If it were me, i would go to the dr. And take an anti-parasitic medication. Good luck.
A 53-year-old member asked:

What to do if I don't want to go on cholesterol meds. If I stop eating for a week will my triglycerides go down?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Probably: The triglycerides are much more labile than the cholesterol and do go up substantially after eating. You need a low carbohydrate diet. I doubt if many doctors would recommend fasting for a week but you need to reduce the portions of food, cut out the in between meals eating, and restrict carbohydrates. The triglycerides are much more responsive to life style changes than the cholesterol.
A 30-year-old member asked:

My doctor said my triglyceride level was too high (550) and wants me to begin taking omega 3. How will this help me? Any other suggestions?

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Dr. Maged Zaky
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Treatment options: Hypertriglyceridemia is type of hyperlipidemia, some people has pure hypertriglyceridemia without hyperchlosteroloemia, dieting and exercise is part of therapy as well, Lovaza is a pure type fish oil w/o risk of murcury toxicity, most insurance will cover that once triglyceride is more than 400, and you need 2 caps twice a day , I do recommend to add specific med like trilipex at least 3 ms, thx.
Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 15 years experience
also butter substitutes than contain plant sterols (smart balance, etc) can lower triglycerides (up to 10%)
Jan 25, 2012
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are some good triglyceride diets?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
NO SUGAR: Triglycerides are raised by sugar ihtake and blood level should be about half that of cholesterol.
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
For some patients with genetic (inherited) causes of elevated triglycerides (TG's) a Low FAT diet makes more sense. Low sugar diets often have increased fat, and for this small group of patients, can worsen TG's. For most, with obesity and moderate elevations sugar/carb reduction is key. It is important to understand the cause of the elevation. See your Doctor.
Mar 1, 2013
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do pumpkin seeds increase your cholesterol level?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Pumpkin seeds: Are high in calories, fiber, minerals, vitamins & anti oxidants. Their oleic acid content (a mono unsaturated fatty acid) helps lower the bad LDL & elevate the good HDL cholesterol.

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