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what can i do to lower ldl cholesterol without drugs?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Lipids: Low fat diet and regular aerobic exercise.

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Are there certain foods that will lower LDL cholesterol?|

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
LDL Cholesterol: The short answer is no and yes. Yes - eliminating or restricting the intake of some foods is generally accepted as a way to influence one's LDL cholesterol. However, this is very limited. That is, one can only reduce one's cholesterol by changing one's diet somewhat. Also, the numerical measure of LDL is only one indicator. The quality of the cholesterol particles can be even more important.
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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Blood test: By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor.
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A 60-year-old female asked:

Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not likely: Your cholesterol profile/levels are one of several important parameters when it comes to premature heart disease. It's like trying to answer a question without knowing all the facts. Age, sex, smoking status, diabetes, family history, blood pressure are all factors that when added together will tell your doctor were should your LDL be.
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Do I have to see a specialist to get a LDL cholesterol ordered?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
No: Your primary provider will be able to evaluate if you need to be screened for high cholesterol and can then order the appropriate blood tests for youother tests, as needed, including a total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides (fat). Fasting test gives more accurate read of tg and ldl. May get other tests as well, e.g. Cardiac CRP (inflammatory marker).
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What type of doctor can order a LDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
ANY DOC=LDL order: Any doctor can order an LDL cholesterol (as part of a lipid panel: ldl, hdl, total cholesterol, triglycerides) but usually your primary physician orders the lab and can counsel you on the results. If you are seeing a cardiologist for any reason they will follow your lipid panel closely. The cardiolgists in my town prefer that the primary care doctors order/manage the results. Ldl goals vary.

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