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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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I have familial hypercholesterolemia but want to put on muscle in the gym. Are there any supplements i can take that wont effect my statin treatment?

I have familial hypercholesterolemia but want to put on muscle in the gym. Are there any supplements i can take that wont effect my statin treatment?

Sure: I'm really glad you're getting the cholesterol treated. Before statins, one of my colleagues died at your age from this illness. For muscling up, creatine and an electronic muscle stimulator (if your phsician is okay with the latter) are your best friends. Other supplements are less likely to help. Avoid steroids -- I've been around gyms for decades & most who try them are sorry. Cheers. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been the correct issue but was promoted because (as a fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was cheaper to measure & if very high (esp. Fasting) tended to correlate with high LDL particle concentrations. In the later 1970's lipoprotein measurements cost $5, 000/sample. The NMR particle test, <$100, brought the LDL costs way ...Read more


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What can you do to address familial hypercholesterolemia?

What can you do to address familial hypercholesterolemia?

See a Lipidologist: Familial hypercholesterolemia (fh) is a genetic disorder causing decreased clearance of LDL from blood. Most patients get a defective gene from on parent causing heterozygous fh (about 1 in 500 children). Rarely, genes from both parents are defective giving homozygous fh (1 in 1, 000, 000). Lipidologists specialize in managing fh patients. Check http://www.Learnyourlipids.Com to find a lipidologist. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

How do I find out if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Tests: You should the discuss the matter with your doctor as it may require performing multiple tests, in succession on you and your family members. The first one would be to have blood lipids tested in fasting state and depending on those results, other tests and tests on family members may be needed. Confirmation of the diagnosis may require molecular testing. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Blood work: Blood work will give you a pretty good clue because familial hypercholesterolemia is usually pretty bad - but an even better way is to ask your relatives! ...Read more

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What is pure hypercholerosterolemia? Is it the same as familial hypercholesterolemia?

May be: essentially it means in your lipid profile it's the Cholesterol or LDL is elevated. It may be genetic or due to lifestyle, either way it needs to be treated, and best that works are the Statins( Lipitor, (atorvastatin) creator, simvastatin). Also diet and excercise. Important to bring to below normal since it increases your risk of Heart disease or Coronary diseases. ...Read more

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Do doctors know what causes familial hypercholesterolemia?

Yes: Ldl liver receptors normally grab onto the cholesterol in the blood stream, dump the cholesterol into the bile and thus lower the blood cholesterol level..In familial hypercholesterolemia there is a much lower number of these receptors so the blood cholesterol level is very high allowing the cholesterol to be deposited in blood vessels causing the deposits leading to heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are eggs bad for a person who has familial hypercholesterolemia?

Yolk: The yolk is loaded with cholesterol. One egg has 186 mg of cholesterol and that's 86% of your daily recommended cholesterol in-take. So, you can eat 1 egg a day and little else that contains cholesterol. It's up to you. ...Read more

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Why doesn't everyone with familial hypercholesterolemia have fatty liver?

Why doesn't everyone with familial hypercholesterolemia have fatty liver?

Most Do: Familial hypercholesterolemia is the most common genetic disorder involving choleterol levels . If a patient has an LDL cholesterol level above 200 he/she has familial hypercholesterolemia. It is transmitted in a way that each child has a 50/50 chance of inheriting this. On a microscopic level there is increased liver fat in all of these patients, it just may not show up on blood tests. ...Read more

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What dot ventricular hypertrophy, and familial hypercholesterolemia mean?

Two separate : Entities. Ventricular hypertrophy and hypercholesterolemia are usually not related. Hyper-cholestrolemia causes heart disease and ventricular hypertrophy may end up in heart failure. Please be more specific in your question. ...Read more

Dr. James Underberg
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Familial Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder of high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The condition begins at birth and can cause atherosclerosis and heart attacks at an early age. It is caused by a ...Read more


Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol ...Read more