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Please share an interesting fact about the benefits of controlling your cholesterol.

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 36 years experience
Every: Every pound of wt loss = 2 cholesterol points.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Statins,: Statins, which are used to control cholesterol, may also help treat pneumonia.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
54 years experience
When: When cholesterol is lowered by lifestyle, one lowers risk for Alzheimer's as well.
Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Be: Myth: alcohol doesn't increase your cholesterol....It actually may!
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Cholesterol: Myth: cholesterol in your diet reflects your actual cholesterol level. It does not. Total dietary fat does.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Medications: Myth: "all medications are expensive." check out the $4 prescriptions for many vascular meds.
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
High: High cholesterol increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Pomegranate: Pomegranate juice reduces cholesterol plaque buildup and increases Nitric Oxide production.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Smoking: Smoking lowers HDL (good) cholesterol and is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids (2g/day). Avoid starch and sugar. It isn't the fat! exercise. Drink moderately!
Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Oatmeal,: Oatmeal, red wine, and fish oil can help lower cholesterol.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Consider: Consider niacin, higher fiber intake, plant sterols/stenols, such as cholestof.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Eating: Eating healthier and loosing weight will make you feel better with every part of your body.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 29 years experience
Use: Use flax seeds and water (recipes online) as a substitute for eggs in recipes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lowering: Lowering your cholesterol can help to reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Want: Want a sleeker figure? Maintaining a heart healthy/ lower cholesterol diet can lead to a leaner you.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lose: Lose weight! feel great! maintaining a healthy weight will also benefit your cholesterol level.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Can: Can alcohol contribute to high cholesterol? Yes it can. Lose your beer gut and drop your cholesterol.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Aerobic: Aerobic activity helps maintain a low cholesterol level. Try 30 minutes/ day, 5 days a week.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Want: Want to cut your cholesterol? Consider fiber your new best friend!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
One: One easy way to lower cholesterol intake, substitute egg whites/ egg beaters for whole eggs.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol friendly fish choices: salmon, tuna, halibut, cod & mackerel. .
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
How: How much fiber / day? Aha says 6 or more servings of whole grains and 8 to 10 of veggies & fruit.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Raise: Raise hdl: according to mayo clinic you can raise HDL by 1mg/dl for every 6 lbs you lose!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
NUTS!!: Nuts! nuts that can help keep cholesterol low: walnuts, soy nuts and pecans.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol healthy fruit: grapes, currants, citrus, strawberries, blackberries & raspberries.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cholestrol: Cholestrol friendly veggies: onions, watercress, broccoli, leeks, spinach, artichokes & avocados.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is not all bad. It is needed for normal cell function.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 35 years experience
Eat: Eat plenty of leafy greens, vegetables, fresh fruit and avoid highly processed / high sugar carbs.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Exercise: Exercise is a great way to whittle your triglyceride levels down to size.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 35 years experience
The: The first step in treatment is to know why it's abnormal (over 70 potential causes to consider).
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Garlic: Garlic is good for you for many reasons, but it's effect on cholesterol/hdl is minimal. Eat garlic though!
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
Consider: Consider trying red rice yeast, ubiquinol, olive oil, and exercise.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
A: A non fasting blood lipid level can provide significant information about your triglycerides.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Your: It's a myth that: your parents have more control over your cholesterol numbers than you do.
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 48 years experience
Xanthelasma: Xanthelasma are yellow, plaque like patches on the eyelids due to deposition of cholesterol and fats.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Less: Less animal fat, less meat, more fruits and vegetable, beans and whole grains such as brown rice.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular 34 years experience
Protein: Protein can come from many non-animal forms, including legumes, nuts, and veggies.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is affected by both your genes & your diet.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry 52 years experience
A: A regular exercise program will greatly help.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Where: Where is cholesterol located? The membranes of every single animal cell; about 30% of membrane fat.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol comes from food. Reality: cholesterol is made by every once of our body’s cells.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
LDL: Myth: LDL & HDL are cholesterol. Fact: hdl, ldl, idl, & vldl are protein particles which carry fat.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Avoiding: Avoiding sugar & trans fats (in fried foods like french fries) helps more than lowering cholesterol!
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Statins: Statins need to be taken only once a week - hmgcoa paralyzed will take 7 days to recover!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
95%: 95% of your cholesterol is not ingested, but made by your liver. Enjoy your eggs!
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
The: The most powerful lifestyle change you can do to control cholesterol is to lose weight.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
It: It is not total cholesterol that counts, but your ratio of cholesterol to HDL cholesterol!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Recent: Recent studies suggest that saturated fat is better than polyunsaturated fat! huge australian study!
Dr. William Coppola
Pediatric Dentistry 42 years experience
Most: Most cavities in children occur in places that sealants could have protected.
Dr. William Coppola
Pediatric Dentistry 42 years experience
Sealant: Sealant refers to a plastic material placed in the pits and grooves of children's teeth.
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
LDL: Ldl (low density lipoprotein) is commonly called "bad cholesterol".
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
HDL: Hdl (high density lipoprotein) is commonly called "good cholesterol.".
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Women: Women tend to have a higher HDL than men. Exercise tends to increase hdl.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Goal: Goal LDL for patients with diabetes, aortic aneurysm, or coronary artery disease is <100.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Good: Good cholesterol control is important for diabetic person.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 34 years experience
If: If your trigs are >500, it is a plaque concern; but treat with a fibrate to prevent pancreatitis!
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Eating: Eating five times a day is possible if you make healthy choices, in advance. You can do it!
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Cholesterol: Cholesterol made by every cell ; healthy; optimize NMR measured lipoproteins for far better health.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Does: Does bad or good cholesterol exist? No! made by every animal cell, part of membrane, allows motion!
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Weight: Weight bearing exercises can help increase your hdl!
Last updated Nov 12, 2019

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