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does anyone know how familial hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Lipid testing: A simple blood test will help your doctor determine whether you have a genetic disorder that makes it difficult for your body to maintain normal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 17 years experience
Cholesterol and fam: Typical diagnostic criteria is: 1.) extremely high cholesterol 2.) someone else in the family with extremely high cholesterol, premature heart disease, and possibly tendon xanthomas. Or genetic testing (rarely needed).
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
3 definititions: The diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia (fh) is made by a combination of cholesterol levels, family history of hypercholesterol and premature heart disease, a patients history of vascular disease, skin / eye findings of fh (xanthomas, corneal arcus), and possibly genetic tests. The dutch lipid clinic registry, simon-broom, and us medped definitions of fh use a combination of these factors.

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Is it true that you can have milk with high cholesterol?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Milk: Regular cow's milk is 3% butterfat, that's like 3 pats of butter per glass, 2% milk about 2pats, 1% about 1 pat; we generally recommend using fat free or skim mild which has virtually no fat but has the protein and calcium of whole milk.
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What can you do to manage a high cholesterol?

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Pills, diet: Certain medications effectively lower the cholesterol and also have been proven to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Diet and exercise can also help.
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What should you not eat if you have high cholesterol?

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Saturated fat + more: If you have high cholesterol, you can lower it partially by avoiding certain types of foods. Saturated fat, cholesterol, high-calorie foods, and alcohol can all increase certain types of cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease.
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Which shellfish has high cholesterol content?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Seafood and choleste: Shellfish are a safe source of nutrition. The cholesterol content turns out to be relatively safe as most of the bodies cholesterol is manufactured by the liver. The early studies on the amounts of cholesterol in shrimp revealed an error had been made in that the substance thought to be cholesterol was somewhat different is was not solid in cold water. Most sea food is safe to eat.
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Why is having high cholesterol dangerous?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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High cholesterol: Having high cholesterol results in the formation of plaque on the artery walls. It is natural to have damage to the arteries of the body and there is a usual repair process to correct the damage. With a high concentration of cholesterol, the repair process goes awry. Plaque forms, making the arteries stiff and vulnerable to a cakey buildup = blockage = heart attack, stroke or blocked leg vessel.

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