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Doctor insights on: Cholesterol Levels For Women Over 50

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I am 50 years old female, weight 118 lb , hight 5.2, my cholesterol levels LDL is 470 and my triglycerides levels 615. What do you advise to me.

I am 50 years old female, weight 118 lb , hight 5.2, my cholesterol levels LDL is 470 and my triglycerides levels 615. What do you advise to me.

Diet and meds: You may have a genetic component to your high lipids, you will need medications, you can start with 4000 mg of omega-3 fish oil a day, avoid cholesterol rich foods, eat foods that help lower your cholesterol level (fiber, oatmeal, soy beans, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and fish rich in omega-3), make sure you cut simple carbohydrates (sugar, high fructose corn syrup) and get tested for diabetes. ...Read more

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Ldl cholesterol 140 HDL 46 total is 206. No other risk factors. Weight 170 height 5ft9in. 30yo femaLe.these levels bad and what should I lower themto?

Ldl cholesterol 140 HDL 46 total is 206. No other risk factors. Weight 170 height 5ft9in. 30yo femaLe.these levels bad and what should I lower themto?

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, get six to nine hours of sleep nightly, keep your weight in check, don't sweat the small stuff, don't smoke or drink excessively (one or two drinks weekly). The lower the better on LDL and the higher the better on HDL. ...Read more

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A 50 year old female's carotid ultrasound reported mild plaque. Her cholesterol etc. are good. Previously, she had high homocysteine level. Is any treatment needed at this time?

A 50 year old female's carotid ultrasound reported mild plaque. Her cholesterol etc. are good. Previously, she had high homocysteine level. Is any treatment needed at this time?

Carotid stenosis: We don't worry until "severe" description of the plaques, occluded 95%. At this point the risk increases for plaque to break off and cause a stroke. There is no indication to treat the "mild" condition. Be sure to control any hypertension, keep your cholesterol at goal, and take a 81mg Aspirin everyday after age 50 if you physician recommends it based on your risk factors. ...Read more

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I'm 22yrs old and have been prescribed simvastatin. What is the typical cholesterol level woman my age start this prescription and what are side effects?

See below: The issue is best addressed with the doctor who prescribed the medication. See this for information about this drug. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a692030.html. ...Read more

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I am 47 yo, female, had my blood test and had a high cholesterol level. I don't want to start on statins. Can i drink fish oil instead? What dosage?

I am 47 yo, female, had my blood test and had a high cholesterol level. I don't want to start on statins. Can i drink fish oil instead? What dosage?

Get a few opinions: I'm assuming you already have healthy eating habits and that you exercise. If it's still high, you can blame your genes. The last several years worth of studies on the effectiveness of fish oil for atherosclerosis -- and even studies of the inuit people for whom the claims were made -- have been disappointing. Before starting statins tho get several opinions. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

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I have high CRP level 5.7. Normal CBC, normal cholesterols, normal thyroid, normal ferritin. 37 yr female, 5'11", 150. BAD TMJ, depression, fatigue?

I have high CRP level 5.7.
Normal CBC, normal cholesterols, normal thyroid, normal ferritin. 37 yr female, 5'11", 150.  BAD TMJ, depression, fatigue?

TMJ: Your "bad TMJ" is not likely a cause and effect of the other aspects of your condition. If you have bruxism, this can negatively affect your TMJ. Chronic pain can result in depression. Please see a TMJ expert to try to get your TMJ under control. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. ...Read more

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