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Does high cholesterol affect pregnancy?

Does high cholesterol affect pregnancy?

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 more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been the correct issue but was promoted because (as a fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was cheaper to measure & if very high (esp. Fasting) tended to correlate with high LDL particle concentrations. In the later 1970's lipoprotein measurements cost $5, 000/sample. The NMR particle test, <$100, brought the LDL costs way ...Read more


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Is it safe to go ahead with my 5 weeks pregnancy in which I have overactive thyroid , high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is prediabetic?

Is it safe to go ahead with my 5 weeks pregnancy  in which I have overactive thyroid , high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is prediabetic?

Defer to your Doctor: That is a very serious question to just ask strangers on the internet. That is between you and your family and your physician to decide. I would not trust any answer from someone who does not know you well. ...Read more

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Which foods should and shouldn't I eat with high cholesterol?

Which foods should and shouldn't I eat with high cholesterol?

Watch saturated fat: Good high in saturated fat (fat that's solid at room temperature) like fatty meats are beat avoided. Not all fat is bad: a Mediterranean diet ( high in monounsaturated fat) is considered heart healthy. Foods with "good fair" include olive oil, nuts, salmon. Add lots of fruits and vegetables, and you're on your way. ...Read more

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What shouldn't you eat if you have high cholesterol?

What shouldn't you eat if you have high cholesterol?

Balanced diet: Weight loss (if overweight) will often lower cholesterol by up to 20% and triglycerides by up to 50%. Avoiding saturated fat (includes any fat from animals including chicken/cheese/pizza) will reduce cholesterol. Cutting back on carbohydrates in sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes will reduce triglycerides. Fruit, veggies, fish, nuts, soy, unsaturated fats are all fine. ...Read more

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Can someone help me with what foods a person can and cannot eat when they have high cholesterol and diabetes and can't eat sugar.

Can someone help me with what foods a person can and cannot eat when they have high cholesterol and diabetes and can't eat sugar.

Great question: Your question is superb but requires an extensive answer which is beyond the scope of the space allotted here. Please ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist who will review in detail all the foods and amounts of food that will help keep both your cholesterol and blood sugar in good control. The key to lowering your lipids is excellent control of your diabetes. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, I don't want to take drugs. Heard with diet plant sterols can help, like CholestOff by Nature Made. Are they safe?

I have high cholesterol, I don't want to take drugs. Heard with diet plant sterols can help, like CholestOff by Nature Made. Are they safe?

LDL: Please go to framingham risk calculator (http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov) and calculate risk for having heart disease within next ten years. If risk is greater than 7.5% American expert panels recommend considering a statin medication. European experts do not consider statins until your risk is much higher - 20%. The other agents you are discussing do not have the same benefit as statins. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol but don't eat meat or dairy and exercise daily, I have sugar everyday. Could this cause cholesterol problems and is honey ok..

I have high cholesterol but don't eat meat or dairy and exercise daily, I have sugar everyday. Could this cause cholesterol problems and is honey ok..

Need for assessment: How high is the cholesterol? What risk factors do you have for heart disease? You should discuss having a complete lipid profile, in fasting state, with your doctor. Given other health issues you listed, it would be prudent to consult your doctor for a proper evaluation. Honey is sugar too. Visit this site for more info. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/lower-risk/risk-factors.htm. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol ...Read more