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Cholesterol In Vodka
LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ≤700 nmol/l, HDL ≥45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ↓$, but misleading. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on your age, other risk factors, and severity of cholesterol elevation. The first step is healthy life style: fruits and vegetables and daily exercise avoiding animal fats in particular and large amount of any fat in general. Get to and maintain ideal body weight if possible. If that fails and your risks are high, medication may be indicated. ...Read more
Follow the following: Exercise most days of the week (aerobic work), eat fruits and vegetables liberally, limit saturated fats, increase fish and fish oil intake, have fiber with each meal, keep your weight in check, don't smoke at all or drink excessively (one or two drinks weekly). The lower the better on LDL and the higher the better on HDL. Do cardio exercise on most days of the week. ...Read more
Avoid too much.: Cholesterol is not 'bad', all our cells contain and require cholesterol to keep membranes healthy in our bodies. It's over-consumption of cholesterol which gets us into trouble. The extra cholesterol lodges in arteries, eventually causing narrowing which can lead to blood clots (heart attacks, strokes). ...Read more
Your good cholesterol HDL should be >60 mg/dl and bad cholesterol triglycerides (TG) <100 mg/dl. Do not need to worry about total cholesterol of 180.
If HDL is low and TG is high, then take action and switch to a healthy diet to normalize them.
For more info, read this short article: https://kaushikmd. Com/2016/11/03/get-started/ ...Read more
Genes, aging & foods: Cholesterol goes up the older we get & from inherited genes from our parents. Cholesterol also goes up because of eating fatty & oily foods, certain dairy products, fats from meats, poultry & some seafood. The liver makes cholesterol out of above foods. Remember to look at the good cholesterol HDL (protects) and the bad cholesterol LDL (causes blockages). ...Read more
Maybe: The level of your cholesterol has to be taken in context with many other factors. What is your family history of male or female early coronary artery disease. Do you smoke, do you have diabetes or hypertension or other cardiovascular disease? What is the level of your LDL and HDL cholesterol? Do you drink too much? Are you overweight? There are many factor to take into consideration to say. ...Read more
Depends. . .: Current recommendation is to start taking a statin if your LDL (bad) cholesterol is greater than 190mg/dL even if you don't have heart disease. This isn't w/o controversy as guidelines were re-written last November. There are many other variables to consider. Check out http://clincalc. Com/Cardiology/ASCVD/PooledCohort. Aspx & http://cvdrisk. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/. Then discuss your results w/your familydoc ...Read more
Probably fine: Hi. Total cholesterol is not a very useful number; knowing HDL, LDL, and triglycerides (or true VLDL) is more meaningful. However, your total cholesterol is nice and low, so it's VERY unlikely you'd have a bad lipid/lipoprotein profile even if we did see your LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Cholesterol is separated into LDL and hdl, with HDL considered "good cholesterol" and LDL considered a "bad cholesterol". The fraction of each is more important than the raw numbers. A total of 160 is ok (less than 140 is better), but if you have a high HDL to LDL ratio, 160 is not bad. ...Read more
Could be incorrect: Result. First thing to do would be redo the test, to ensure that the result you have is accurate. A normal person should have a higher total cholesterol. Please review it with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more
Essential: Cholesterol is required for tissue repair and regeneration particularly those that has high turnover rates such as the skin blood cells etc. It is also a building block for the synthesis of hormones, vitamins and numerous important substances used in body metabolism ...Read more
Need More Info: Total Chol of 7.1 mmol/L=274 mg/dL (for us Americans). That is generally considered a high value, with guidelines generally recommending levels of <6 (230) with no risk factors & <5.2 (200) if any risk factors & lower with some risk factors. However, if your HDL (good) chol is high or Trig are high this could be effecting these #'s & what if anything needs to be done. Need breakdown & history! ...Read more
Hdl is the "good" cholesterol. High levels of HDL may be protective against coronary heart disease. An optimal level of hdl-cholesterol is >40 for a man and >50 for a woman.
Best of luck! ...Read more
How Low to Go: Preferred total cholesterol is below 200, ideal is below 180 and for those with certain medical conditions lower is even better. The major focus of clinical research has been on LDL levels and it is believed that lower is better. How low is a good question. Many cardiologists would like below 100 for their patients and many studies support this. The "no go below" level hasn't been determined. ...Read more
Usually we suggest that the cholesterol level should be 200 or less, however there is more to it than just one number. There are good and bad cholesterol particles (hdl and ldl) and well as other aspects of the cholesterol readings. It also depends on whether you have other medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease.
A reading of 203 is problem ok, but I would check with your doctor. ...Read more
Healthy Diet: Avoid saturated and trans fats. Other fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) are helpful and should constitute approximately 20 - 30 percent of total daily calories. Avoid highly refined and high sugar carbohydrates. Instead, focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, and limited amounts of whole grains as your chief carbs. Eat several servings of cold water / oily fish per week. ...Read more
Meds, exercise, food: 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. Physician can order meds if indicated. Exercise. ...Read more
So often I am asked the opposite question - lowering cholesterol levels.
If your total cholesterol is low, it probably reflects poor nutrition overall - increase your intact of healthy prtein and fats. If a specific component of cholesterol is low, such as the HDL ("good"), it can be increased with better diet, more activity, and moderate consumption of alcohol. ...Read more