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Does Alcohol Affect Hdl
HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more
Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Patients who are on Accutane may notice an increase in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels during their Accutane treatment. It is more common in those with a personal or family history. Fortunately, this usually resolves when one finishes the Accutane course. Simple things like dietary changes (high fiber diet, low fat) and reducing the Accutane dose is effective in lowering the levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol lowers T: Check out http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh25-4/282-287.htm for more indepth info on how alcohol consumption lowers testosterone production. That's not to say that you can't have a drink every now & then. But just as w/Goldilocks, excess alcohol consumption isn't good for you. ...Read more
unpredictable: Acute alcohol use can either increase or decrease the inr in a given individual. Chronic alcohol use with liver damage interferes with the production of clotting factors and will cause a more profound rise of inr with a given dose of warfarin/coumadin or, with cirrhosis, raise the inr on no anticoagulant at all. ...Read more
No, not generally: If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Niacin lowers triglycerides and mildly raises HDL (good) cholesterol and, theoretically, that should lower the risk of heart disease. However, the recent nih sponsored aim high study showed no improved outcomes when extended release Niacin was added to a statin drug. See: http://www.Aimhigh-heart.Com/ diet is good, but statins are the mainstay of therapy and nothing has been shown to be better. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Alcohol can have different effects on 2 different people under otherwise similar conditions &can have different effects on the same person at different times. In part because it permeates into different areas of the brain with different effects. Many interactions with body activities possible. Alcohol is a nervous system depressant: in some cases it depresses areas that inhibit causing excitement. ...Read more
Raises it, usually: Acutely, like in alcohol poisoning it can lower your blood pressure to shock levels- in fact many alcohol ods die of shock. Chronically, in heavier drinkers (3/day on average or more), it elevates blood pressure, and in fact is a cause of secondary hypertension. For the most part, people with elevated BP should drink very much in moderation, if at all. I ask my pt's to keep it to special occasion. ...Read more
No: Cholesterol and triglycerides normally rises significantly during pregnancy, benefitting mother and fetus. Even mothers with high cholesterol are advised to stop their cholesterol medication during pregnancy. High cholesterol can be a risk only if it has already caused heart disease. In such cases, the severity of the heart disease determines the impact on pregnancy, not the cholesterol itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk of liver cancer: Tobacco smoking is a dose-dependent risk factor for hepatocellular cancer (hcc). Other risks for hcc include: male gender (3x risk versus female), alcoholic cirrhosis (4x risk), hepatitis b & c, cirrhosis of any cause, clonorchiasis, autoimmune chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis, alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen storage disease, porphyria, & membranous obstruction of inferior vena cava. ...Read more
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