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A 43-year-old member asked:

how can you test cholesterol levels?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Fasting lipids: You should fast for at least 8 hours and then have blood drawn for total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL (good) cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. The results need to be interpreted by a physician who also knows your detailed medical background in terms of whether you have hypertension, diabetes, heart/kidney disease, obesity, as well as smoking and family history.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

How can a person try to lower both cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Many ways: When you say "both cholesterol levels", there's actually 3 main ones. Aerobic type exercise and a healthy diet, low in calories, low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables and lean protein will lower your bad LDL and bad triglycerides and raise your good hdl. Medication can also have good effects on these cholesterol components also.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to lower cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Cholesterol: It can take 6 to 8 weeks to see changes in cholesterol after changes in diet or starting a new medicine. We usually wait 2 or 3 months to recheck the fasting lipid panel in order to see any changes.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Do sunflower seeds help cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sunflower seeds: Absolutely. This is due to rich content of cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What can cause a drastic increase of cholesterol levels lin a short period?

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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 22 years experience
A few things: Five major players come to mind with a rapid spike in cholesterol. Significant dietary changes, a change in your genetic phenotype (when bad genes catch up to you), certain medications/supplements, hormonal shifts, or lab error. Typically with an unexpected change in lab values it is worthwhile repeating the test or performing a more specific lab test prior to considering how to move forward.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Is there anyway to test your cholesterol levels at home?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Then what?: Cholesterol testing has been standardized internationally to ensure accurate results. It is not just cholesterol that needs to be tested, generally is better to fast for at least 9 hours and be tested for total cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides and calculated LDL. The results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and it would be better to see a doctor and get tested at an accredited lab.

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