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A 48-year-old member asked:

what is the regular number treatable for the bad cholesterol?

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Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 41 years experience
It depends: In the absence of other risk factors, LDL should be less than 130. If you have significant risk factors, such as diabetes, your LDL should be less than 100. If you already have had issues with a blockage or build up in your arteries, new guidelinels recommend an LDL of < 70 to put you in the lowest risk category.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Have doctors found that certain foods lower bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jones answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes: Many foods, including oatmeal, oat bran, fish, nuts, olive oil, spinach and several others have been shown in research to help with lowering cholesterol.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I reduce bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Rodney Samaan
Cardiology 18 years experience
Lots of fiber: Fiber works, also avoid foods w lots of starch and sugar. Can try fish oil. Dha-epa 720 on drsamaan.Meta-ehealth.Com.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is swiss cheese bad for your cholesterol?

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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not in moderation: Low fat cheese is part of a healthy diet and can decrease the risk of osteoporosis, stroke and high blood pressure as well as migraines. Cheese can be high in fat and sodium so you should only eat 1-2 small portions per day.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is a good score for a person's bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
As Below: Fasting normal blood sugar 70-100. 101 to 125 prediabetic. Above 126 is called diabetic random blood sugar above 140 is diabetic. Total cholesterol200 ldl is bad cholesterol below 100 is normal hdl is good cholesterol 40-50 is normal triglycerides less than 150 is normal.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Does chocolate increase bad cholesterol?

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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes and no: Flavanoids, the healthy chemicals found in things like red wine and cocoa have been shown to marginally lower cholesterol and possibly lower the risk of coronary disease. But chocolate also contains cholesterol raising fats, sugar, and milk. For the most benefit and least risk, choose chocolate high in cocoa solids and enjoy in moderation. As little as 1/4oz daily may protect from inflammation.

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