Doctor insights on:
Cholesterol Fighter Medication
Yes: You should be concerned about the fact that your cholesterol is abnormal enough to warrant medication. Most of the treatments are well tolerated; however if you were to modify your diet and possibly your weight you most likely would not need the medication in the first place. Check with your doctor to discuss. ...Read more
Inhibits breakdown: Grapefruit juice contains molecules that compete with certain liver enzymes called cytochromes important in breaking down some cholesterol medicines. So grapefruit juice can cause certain statin medicine levels to build up too high in the body. ...Read more
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Furanocoumarins: We only got this sorted out in 2006 after knowing about the effect for over a decade. There's a strain of grapefruit that is free of these that you can probably get nowadays. ...Read more
How long are cholesterol levels affected by cholesterol controlling medication after you stop taking it?
I ann 56 years old male. I am having high bp150/95 & cholesterol 225.What should I do too reduce these, I am on medication for bponly.
Diet change: Less red meat, more vegetables. No added salt. Portion size is extremely important. If you write down what you eat during the day, you can chose one or two things to cut out each day. Weight watchers is a great approach. ...Read more
Checking my BP 5 times a day for 5 days I ranged from 103/73 to high of 143/84. Avg 124/77. I am 64 with excellent weight, cholesterol & exercise. No other issues. Would you recommend any medication?
No problem: You BP are fine. Do not worry when is not the same. ...Read more
No: That's a very unfortunate myth. A majority of maturity-onset diabetics probably benefit from cholesterol-lowering agents, but diabetics are a diverse group and there's no one-size-fits-all Rx. ...Read more
Discuss with your dr: Try nutritional approaches. Consider eating oatmeal, bran, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapefruit, hazelnuts, avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant, garlic, onion, chili peppers, legumes, dandelion root & jerusalem artichoke. Avoid deep fried foods & whole eggs. ...Read more
3 months: With appropriate treatment and good life style modification you can start to see results in the 3 months period. ...Read more
Liver & muscles.: There's a >30% chance that cholesterol medications will given you achiness in the larger muscle bellies and a ...Read more
Diet: Exercise and weight loss. Medications if unsuccessful depending on your risk factors. ...Read more
Cholesterol: Generally will take at least six weeks to see significant change. ...Read more
Cholesterol: AT LEAST five portions, or ideally 7-9 portions, of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day. A THIRD OF MOST MEALS should be starch-based foods (such as cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), plus fruit and vegetables. INCLUDE 2-3 portions of fish per week. If you eat red meat, it is best to EAT LEAN RED MEAT, or eat poultry such as chicken. ...Read more
Only your doctor: Can answer your question. It depends on your risk factors for heart disease. There are other ways to reduce your risk, too, like low-saturated-fat diet, exercise, quitting smoking if you smoke, and losing weight if you're overweight. If your LDL is high your doctor may recommend medication as well. ...Read more
I got prescribed Zuvamor but Dischem sais plan does not cover. Smart Plan should cover some chronic cholesterol medication?
You have asked this: On the general health education portion of Health Tap. Many of the doctors are in the United States. It would be best to contact your medical plan company directly to determine what and what is not covered. Hope all goes well. ...Read more
Noticed in mar '13 (age 42) my serm cholesterol was 266mg/dl. Now in feb'14 its 250mg/dl. I'm not on any medication. What exercise can reduce it?
Total cholesterol: Is not as meaningful as ldl, or bad, cholesterol, and vldl, or second bad, cholesterol and hdl, or good, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels too. You need to follow all of these numbers, not just total cholesterol. Ask your doctor for specific advice. Also, your heartburn could be angina, so you really need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Just purchased a juicer macine called nutribullet. Product conatins a warning in the manual stating anyone on cholesterol-lowering medication should?
Lipids: The most prevalent medicines are the statin family. They are very successful. 'best medicine' varies by individual. ...Read more
It depends.: If you are otherwise healthy, high cholesterol can be controlled with lifestyle changes alone, such as weight loss and exercise. However, if you have other diseases in addition to high cholesterol, such as diabetes or coronary artery disease, your doctor may recommend starting medication. Each patient is different, and should discuss their options with their doctor. ...Read more
Should I have medication when my cholesterol is Hdl 90 LDL 102 Total choles 217 Trigliceric 235 Thanks?
Talk to your doc: You need to discuss with your doctor re. The risks and benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. I am amazed at how high your HDL is (which is a good thing). There are benefits and potential adverse effects from taking statins and thus whether a cholesterol-lowing drug should be taken may depend on other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, family history etc. ...Read more
I am only 42 years old. I have no energy. I am on no medications except for cholesterol. I have no problemsother than that. What should I do?
Possible depression: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion or suggestion wityout taking a detailed history, examining you, looking at your labs etc. However what you describe suggests depression. Please consult your doctor as there are effective treatments, if it turns out be depression. Even though you have "no energy" regular aerobic exercise, as tolerated, will do a world of good. ...Read more