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I am 34 years old, 365 pds, i take niacin, red yeast rice and fish oil, for high cholesterol, hbp at what age should I consider a asprian regimen?

I am 34 years old, 365 pds, i take niacin, red yeast rice and fish oil, for high cholesterol, hbp  at what age should I consider a asprian regimen?

Probably 50: Because of your age, your risk is still on the low side, so instead of starting aspirin, you should do your best to lose weight. I know I am not offering groundbreaking news to you, but often we discount the most important thing that we can do and look for the esoteric. A 34 year old non-diabetic, does not need to be on aspirin, you need to lose weight, no matter what length you'd have to go to. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more

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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more

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Mydrhas me taking red yeast rice 3 times a week to get rid of artherosclerotic changes in aortic arch. No high cholesterol no hi BP HDL is excellent l?

Mydrhas me taking red yeast rice 3 times a week to get rid of artherosclerotic changes in aortic arch. No high cholesterol no hi BP HDL is excellent l?

Consider alternative: Red yeast rice contains natural statins. Evidence suggests lowering cholesterol in women your age does more harm then good! see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks.Html for things that are better proven to reverse atherosclerosis see http://www.Lef.Org/magazine/mag2007/jul2007_report_atherosclerosis_01.Htm if you continue red yeast rice i advise taking coq10 with it. ...Read more

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What wd be a better choice, besides a good diet, 4 lowering cholesterol & geting your HDL & LDS better. Red Rice Yeast or Polycolsonol 20mg /one day?

What wd be a better choice, besides a good diet, 4 lowering cholesterol & geting your HDL & LDS  better.  Red Rice Yeast or Polycolsonol 20mg /one day?

Dean Ornish, MD: The Ornish Diet causes significant lowering of abnormal lipids and causes reduction in plaque by 5 years. It is a 10% diet and has proven better, with mucho better support than other more recent supplements and drugs. Plus you save money and learn all the other things to do to reverse disease in blood vessels and heart. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i still take cholestoff and red yeast rice to reduce cholesterol level when just taking in liquids?

?clear liquids: If your liquids are clear liquids, there's no need to take cholesterol lowering medicine, but if your liquids include milk or cream based soups, you do. ...Read more

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Is red yeast rice safe to use to control cholesterol?

Is red yeast rice safe to use to control cholesterol?

= lovastatin/Mevacor: Red yeast rice contains a small amount of naturally occuring substance called lovastatin, which is available in prescription Mevacor or generic lovastatin. It is considered a pretty safe medication for cholesterol, but regular monitoring is recommended to ensure safety and effecacy etc... If you are using it, don't over do it and make sure to inform your doc... Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can I take red yeast rice for cholesterol? I've heard the body can become dependent on it and your cholesterol will spike if you stop.

How long can I take red yeast rice for cholesterol? I've heard the body can become dependent on it and your cholesterol will spike if you stop.

Indefinite: Red yeast rice contains a very low dose of the drug, lovastatin. This is a member of the statin family of cholesterol medicines. Studies have been done showing that statins can be well-tolerated and remain effective for many years. The cholesterol levels will go back up when statins are stopped. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


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Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more