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A 19-year-old female asked:

How do you lower your cholesterol ? it's to high for my age...

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Treat: You should make an appointment with a physician to review your medical and family history to see if you would benefit from treatment. Sometimes it's familial and despite your best efforts, medical treatment is needed. Other times, proper nutrition, exercise, and weight management is all that is needed. Either way you should be seen.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ≤700 nmol/l, HDL ≥45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ↓$, but misleading.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
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Unfortunately, Dr. Ritter promotes some bogus ideas (started by Ancel Keys, promoted by the US gov. for decades & made official *.gov policy by Senator George McGovern in 1977) which have never worked; instead drive cardiovascular disease in every person (checking the most accurate biomarkers) I have seen over 3 decades. I strongly advise readers to be careful & verify what works for them!
Nov 6, 2015
Dr. Nathan Ritter
Cardiology 24 years experience
Eat right: 1) Avoid saturated fat (Hamburgers, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Butter, Cheese, etc). 2) Exercise 45 min a day, 5 times a week 3) Eat high fiber foods (oat bran, wheat bran, whole wheat everything) Check out the mayo clinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192 Also, visit my website CardioGauge.com for heart health education.

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