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i have high hypercholesterolemia. besides a genetic problem, are there any other causes of this?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Diet or weight: A diet high in saturated or trans fat often contributes to high cholesterol and shifting from saturated and trans fats like butter, lard and solid margarine to unsaturated fats like olive oil or canola oil can often help bring down the cholesterol level. Losing weight if you're overweight can also help.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Should I get genetic counseling?

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Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: More and more genetic information is available every day. For people who are trying to conceive, genetic counseling can help you have a healthier pregnancy by making you aware of possible risks and recommending appropriate genetic tests. These days, it is possible to prevent transmission of genetic mutations and disease via pgd: preimplantation genetic diagnosis. More info at www.Sbivf.Com.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is encephalitis genetic?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: Encephalitis is an inflammatory process involving the brain that is usually caused by infection, either viral or bacterial.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
In some casea: There are genetic forms of pulmonary fibrosis, familial pulmonary fibrosis, though most cases are though to be idiopathic (unknown causes), though considerable work is being done to identify genetic and other causes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If a person is diagnosed with primary dystonia but there is no family history, does that mean its not genetic?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
No: Typically the word "primary" in reference to dystonias is used to talk about genetically-associated dystonias. Not having a known family history of the disease does not necessarily mean it is not genetic. Some of the dystonias that are genetic are passed down through carriers which can make them relatively rare, even among families of carriers.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Is scleroderma genetic?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Good question!: While this disease is felt to be non-inherited, studies are underway trying to establish a genetic predisposition.

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