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is it fine to have high bad cholesterol if one has high good cholesterol?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Depends on a lot: 1st, it depends how high. If HDL is over 85, then yes, LDL can be very high - for most people. 2nd, what other risk factors do you have? With high bp, smoking, diabetes and obesity, then the hdl-to-ldl ratio should be better because risk is so much higher. See a lipid specialist and consider a 'fractionated lipid panel' to help determine risk.

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Is there a chance that I will develop atherosclerosis even if my blood cholesterol is low?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Yes: There are many risk factors other than cholesterol such as smoking, hypertension, stress, and hereditary factors. So if you want to lessen your chances of developing atherosclerosis, all of those factors need to be addressed. There are also probably other risk factors that we don't even know about.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you make your HDL cholesterol levels go up?

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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 a day.
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Do pumpkin seeds increase your cholesterol level?

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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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A 33-year-old female asked:

How can I raise good cholesterol if I have IBS and have been instructed not to eat fruits veggies nuts or starches?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Do some web searches: Look for foods with monounsaturated fats (olive oil, peanut butter, etc...). Read up on such foods on nutrition websites. Avoiding sugars and simple starches should help raise good cholesterol (fruits have a lot of sugar, and breads are simple starches). That means lean protein such as skinless chicken breast, pork loin (whiter meat), and tofu can be considered. Ask the doctor about nut butters.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can stopping cholesterol pill be as dangerous as stopping a beta blocker?

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Not in : The short run. Check with your doctor before stopping any medication.

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