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Anyone Healthy Cholesterol
Red grapes: The skin of red grapes are an excellent source of resveratrol known to raise HDL. Also walnuts, almonds, pistachios can raise HDL. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking can also raise HDL. If you have high triglyceride and low HDL on combination, a low glycemic index diet will also raise HDL. Daily aerobic exercise will raise HDL as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long answer: Cholesterol is a normal constituent of the body and essential for many functions, e.g., cell membranes, steroid hormones, nerve health etc. Excessive cholesterol causes blood vessel disease and secondarily cause heart disease, stroke gangrene etc. See this site for more info.http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cholesterol.html. ...Read more
Can you please explain why cholesterol is important for your health and the function of your body?
Cholesterol: Like most things, in moderation chicken eggs are ok. ...Read more
Whoa: Cholesterol actually only occurs in food of animal origin. Heavily saturated plant oils like coconut may raise your cholesterol. Please be discerning here. The latest really big studies show no differences between vegetarians and omnivores in longevity or any category of disease when we control for other lifestyle variables. Life's hard enough without people criticizing your food choices. Cheers. ...Read more
Absolutely not: ghee or clarified butter isn't good for you at all. It is a fat that is solid at room temperature and as such high in saturated fats. Saturated fats and all data solid at room temp is to be avoided and especially in South Asians who are at heightened risk for coronary artery disease. South Asians are "CAD equivalent". Pls check your fasting lipids and change your lifestyle as needed. ...Read more
Veggies: Vegetables, fruit, walnuts, almonds, fish.Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably none: Generally, populations with low cholesterol appear to have the lowest rates of heart disease and stroke. Some studies have suggested that very cholesterol levels below 100 might be associated with cancer, but most experts believe this is due to cancer causing low cholesterol rather than the other way round. Longer studies have not shown any risk. Hope this information helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
U are right: That is fine!Get a more detailed answer ›
Cholesterol: read this: http://watcut.uwaterloo.ca/webnotes/Metabolism/cholesterolSignificance.htmlGet a more detailed answer ›
Cholesterol Varies: You are asking a very broad question that misses the point. The risks come from a combination of things. The total cholesterol count is nearly irrelevant in the bigger picture. But, the general well known cutoff for normal for this one part of the cholesterol panel is 200 mg/dl or lower. ...Read more
44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?
Exercise : LDL can be lowered with diet and exercise. At that level, without any other medical problems, nonsmoking, no family members with heart disease, it is not unreasonable to do a trial of diet and exercise, but it will take a lot of work. If you have any other issues or family with heart disease, medication is warranted. Diet should be low carb, exercise should be cardio 4-5x/week. ...Read more
My LDL cholesterol reading was 99mg/dL. Should I work to lower that or is that considered healthy?
Okay in isolation:
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, LDL of less than 100 is okay, if you have risk factors, it would be better to have it below 70.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Is cellular inflammation a real concern in normal healthy individuals with normal cholesterol and weight?
Big picture: I'm a pathologist and lab specialist. Over the past two decades, i've watched the definition of "inflammation" -- the familiar tissue changes in response to injury -- broadened by clinicians to an extent that seems to me both unscientific and meaningless. Being fat, being depressed, and being trim from exercise are now all "inflammation". Don't treat a lab value -- even an "elevated crp". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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