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A 32-year-old male asked:

How do i lower my cholesterol? currently 6.5 and i'm 32. shall i reduce salt intake and stop chewing nicotine gum? does exercise help?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
May not be necessary: While 6.5 is a bit high, it really depends on the subtypes of cholesterol. You need to know HDL & LDL & their subtypes- small LDL is much more hazardous than large ldl! more important than your cholesterol is inflammation-- see http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease & my comment. Reducing salt may help if you have high bp. Exercise is good!
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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see http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/October/Cholesterol-Myth-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease/ for more info. Don't ignore your cholesterol- get checked for the particle subtypes to see if you need to lower it. But reducing things that cause inflammation is the most important way to prevent heart disease!
Mar 14, 2013

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