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Can high cholesterol be reversed?

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Dr. Herbert Aronow
Cardiovascular medicine 28 years experience
Lowering cholesterol: High levels of total and LDL cholesterol can be lowered with lifestyle change such as exercise and diet as well as with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Dr. Nathan Ritter
Cardiology 25 years experience
LDL is the bad cholesterol, and you can definitely decrease it! Eating less saturated fat (hamburger, steak, butter, cheese, ice cream, other animal fats) can decrease your LDL 10-20% or more. If overweight, losing 10-20 lb can decrease LDL another 5-10%. Exercise decreases LDL 5%. Good Luck! Check out my website CardioGauge.com for heart health education specific to cholesterol.
Nov 6, 2015
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
YesLDLNotCholesterol: 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. Charles Glueck
Clinical Lipidology 58 years experience
Yes often: with diet, statins, and or pcsk9 inhibitors, most patients with high cholesterol can be normalized.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
True, LCHF foods & the above, yet be aware that cholesterol has NEVER been the correct issue for artery disease. Study (1) the research article at this link: https://goo.gl/QMpZiI (the 1st research to identify the correct issue; repeatedly verified ever since), (2) look up cholesterol on wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol & (3) study my summary answer to this same question.
Nov 10, 2017

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