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I've heard of bile acid secuestrants as an alternative to statins for high cholesterol. What are the negatives to using them?

I've heard of bile acid secuestrants as an alternative to statins for high cholesterol. What are the negatives to using them?

Partly helpful.: While bile acid sequestrants can help lower cholesterol, statins not only lower the LDL ("bad cholesterol"), but also have what are termed "pleiotropic effects" upon endothelial function, the stability of atherosclerotic plaques, decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation, and inhibiting the clotting response. Statins seem to have antitumor and other effects as well. ...Read more

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What should i do to make my cholesterol lower? because on lipid test it was 6.7

What should i do to make my cholesterol lower? because on lipid test it was 6.7

May not need to...: While that is high it's important to know the subtypes: HDL, LDL and esp. small dense LDL. Cholesterol does not cause heart disease; the real cause is inflammation. Hypothyroidism can cause high cholesterol. Here are links to useful articles: http://tinyurl.com/axtab4d http://tinyurl.com/9x3n594 http://tinyurl.com/43vtf67 http://tinyurl.com/p7t9ul8 http://www.drdach.com/Statins_for_Women.html ...Read more

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Lipid panel CHOL 257 TRIG 174 HDL 65 LDL 157. VLDL 35 ... 20 weeks pregnant .. Is this bad ? How can i lower and what would be my total cholesterol

Lipid panel CHOL 257  TRIG 174  HDL 65  LDL 157. VLDL 35 ... 20 weeks pregnant .. Is this bad ? How can i lower and what would be my total cholesterol

"Bad": Your levels are not too good, particularly with 20 weeks pregnant. Please see your doctor for control of several blood results. The levels will be recovered to some good extent and you should have no concern about a beautiful new baby. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: serum bile acid elevated?

What is the definition or description of: serum bile acid elevated?

Maybe big trouble: We check for several nonspecific liver tests like ast, alt, alkphos, bili and one specific GGT test for alcoholism (and others). We worry when these increase 2x, 3x, 4x etc. Bile acid (bilirubin) can increase in a newborn and cause jaundice, which is temporary and treatable. In adults, an elevate bili can be ominous possible heralding hepatitis, disease, or blockage of some type. ...Read more

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Will the bile acid in my bowel movements irritate my rectum?

Will the bile acid in my bowel movements irritate my rectum?

Yes: It is not the bile acid - it is the acidity of the food that creates this issue - food becomes acidic if it is high in animal protein people who do not digest this has higher Lactic Acid formation, food rich in trans fat (fried foods, oils) and food rich in sugar burns the mucosa of gut where there are toxic focal sites - they loose intestinal lining and this burns when it comes across bile acids. ...Read more

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Does eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results?

Does eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results?

Depends...: ...on the reasoning behind the test: e.g. non-fasted blood draw to rule out Gilbert's would alter results. ...Read more

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My B12 is at 200 ng/L lab reference is 130-800. I have bile acid malabsorption. Is this level acceptable for everyone, or could i benefit from more ?

My B12 is at 200 ng/L lab reference is 130-800. I have bile acid malabsorption. Is this level acceptable for everyone, or could i benefit from more ?

Could use more: It would be prudent to consult your doctor for the need to take supplemental vitamin B12. It can given as an injection, a pill to be swallowed or a pill kept under the tongue. Your doctor who knows more about your health would be able to advise better. ...Read more

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25 weeks pregnant & have yellow in my eyes under the lid & also underneath my eyes, im also suffering from bile/acid coming, but have tablets for it?

25 weeks pregnant & have yellow in my eyes under the lid & also underneath my eyes, im also suffering from bile/acid coming, but have tablets for it?

Liver check: If your eyes are yellow then see your doctor and asked to be checked for jaundice. This is a liver disorder that can cause yellow eyes. You mention Bile/acid. If you mean heartburn the over the counter heartburn medications are safe for use. If you were referring the blood test serum bile acids then this yellowing of the eyes could indicate a more serious condition called cholestasis. See Obgyn. ...Read more

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Coeliac D trying to gain weight,there is fat malabsorption, is there any way to ameliorate this other than bile acid sequester? Thank you any tips ?

Coeliac D trying to gain weight,there is fat malabsorption, is there any way to ameliorate this other than bile acid sequester? Thank you any tips ?

Time: If you have truly avoided all gluten, the small intestine will eventually heal up and start absorbing the nutrients within a few months at the latest. Just give it time. If you still fail to gain weight after 3 months, check with your GI again to see if there may be something else causing your weight loss issue. ...Read more

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What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

Reflux,Atresia,DKA: Bile is a greenish golden color secretion, produced by the liver ; is stored in gallbladder.Bile leaves from gallbladder through bile duct and helps in absorption of fats. Bile duct may be obstructed, causing gallstones. Biliary atresia, biliary cirrhosis, biliary cholangitis, pancreatitis ; bile reflux are bile related conditions. Acetone bodies are ketone bodies and can cause dka, ketoacidosis. ...Read more

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Can eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results. When testing for pregnacy cholesatsis ?

Can eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results. When testing for pregnacy cholesatsis ?

Cholestasis: It is not necessary to be fasting before serum bile acid testing for cholestasis of pregnancy. Not all patients with cholestasis will have abnormal blood work. Some physicians will try a medication called Ursodiol in patients with suspected cholestasis. If the itching resolves on this medication then this can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pregnant 26+5 by scan.bile acid sent was 11.9 reported .started on UDCA tab .any effects on baby ?baby wt estimate d by scan 750g and told ?IUGr .????

Pregnant 26+5 by scan.bile acid sent was 11.9 reported .started on UDCA tab .any effects on baby ?baby wt estimate d by scan 750g and told ?IUGr .????

Cholestasis: Your pregnancy is at risk due to fatty liver, so there is a strong chance your baby will deliver prematurely if this does not improve soon. The ursodeoxycholic acid you are taking helps to reverse that trend, so hopefully this will get better. Trust your OB, and stick to the diet they likely put you on to help, and hopefully your liver gets better soon... ...Read more

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15 weeks pregnant. Mild itching 4 weeks on legs-Lotion helps. Normal LFT's. Do I need bile acid test for ICP?

15 weeks pregnant. Mild itching 4 weeks on legs-Lotion helps. Normal LFT's. Do I need bile acid test for ICP?

BAisconfirmatorytest: Most LFT (liver function test) panels include the total & direct bilirubin, which measure a part of the bile acids. If the direct or both r elevated, it cd be consistent w/ ICP. However, u could also have a bile stone causing similar symptoms (& elevated or normal bilirubins). TTYD or gastroenterologist for an exam & testing for diagnosis. Bile acid (BA) tests take longer & is da confirmatory test ...Read more

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Can you take zofran and metoclopamide together. I have bile acid malabsorption and have nausea and bad upper stomach pain every day?

Can you take zofran and metoclopamide together. I have bile acid malabsorption and have nausea and bad upper stomach pain every day?

Ok, but...: There are no interactions between the two, so they can be used at the same time. But there is potential for side effects, especially of the metoclopramide. Therefore, you should follow whatever regimen your G.I. Dr. believes is best. Good luck. ...Read more

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I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools  recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

Fever: Your fevers are nonspecific and not clearly related to the barretts or malabsorption syndrome as neither of these conditions are usually accompanied by post prandial fever. Are other symptoms like abdominal pain,sweats and chills or cough also occurring then? Infection or noninfectious inflammation are to be considered. See your MD for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Assuming that erection problems are from high lipid numbers, could it be Completely reversed by lowering the cholesterol,excercising and diet?age:28

Assuming that erection problems are from high lipid numbers, could it be Completely reversed by lowering the cholesterol,excercising and diet?age:28

Cholesterol and ED: Lipid metabolism is an extremely important component of the overall picture of function and maintenance of erections. Erectile dysfunction can be one of the earliest symptoms seen and can help facilitate the diagnosis of a lipid disorder. As with all medications, you should consult your primary care clinician before embarking on a lipid lowering regimen.Uncertain how much function will be restored ...Read more

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What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel represent?

What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel represent?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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I have what my gp said is xanthlasma but my cholesterol and lipids are normal? I'm 34 so what could it be, do I need my heart checked so worried

Do nothing: Xanthelasmas are fat deposits under your skin that may or may not be related to a systemic increase in your blood fatty substances. If your lipid profile is normal and these lesions do not bother you cosmetically you can ignore them for now ...Read more

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My lipid profile . Serum cholesterol 195.And HDL cholesterol is 43.And LDL cholesterol is 105.And vldl cholesterol is 48. Triglyceride 240?

My lipid profile . Serum cholesterol 195.And HDL cholesterol is 43.And LDL cholesterol is 105.And vldl cholesterol is 48. Triglyceride 240?

Normal : These are normal values. Lower, of course, is always better. If you have known heart disease, these values are not low enough for secondary prevention, but if you don't have heart disease, your values are reasonable for primary prevention. Again, lower is always better. ...Read more

Bile (Definition)

Dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver for digestion of fats ...Read more


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Bile Acid Reducer (Definition)

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