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I got high chelestrol, doing everything to control but still can't. So what should I do? Lots of exercise well diet did not help. Got family history.

I got high chelestrol, doing everything to control but still can't. So what should I do? Lots of exercise well diet did not help. Got family history.

You'll need Rx: Despite all the grandstanding about "healthy lifestyle", diet and exercise will fail if you have a strong genetic tendency to hypercholesterolemia. This isn't your fault. It's time to ask your physician about a statin or other medication. Ignore the anti-statin "natural" websites, keep up the physical fitness and healthy diet stuff for its other benefits, and accept what you need to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is it possible for someone to diet with a history of an eating disorder?

Is it possible for someone to diet with a history of an eating disorder?

Yes BUT: With history of an eating disorder, there's always the possibility of relapse. Please consult with your psychiatrist or therapist about your dieting plans before implementing them. They may also know eating-disorder-wise nutritionists and trainers who can help you safely and effectively. ...Read more

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What of you think about the paleo diet for a man with a history of gaut?

What of you think about the paleo diet for a man with a history of gaut?

Gout diet: Excellent!!! Also --Take in tart cherry juice +tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L /day. ...Read more

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I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed  extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

Assuming that: you had sigmoid diverticulitis, a high fiber diet is generally recommended. However, it is at best marginally effective especially in the short term. Grapefruit seed extract seems harmless enough to me, but you should consult with your doctor or gi specialist, just to make sure. ...Read more

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Is the paleo diet risky for a 50 year old woman with a significant family history of osteoporosis?

Is the paleo diet risky for a 50 year old woman with a significant family history of osteoporosis?

Potentially but..: This depends on what type of paleo diet you do. Some versions are really high in meats/animal foods and such foods appear to increase risk of osteoporosis. A diet rich in fruits ; vegetables protects against osteoporosis. Before starting the paleo diet see http://bit.Ly/18dbggr ; http://bit.Ly/1cpscua for a great article on osteoporosis ; diet see http://huff.To/j97q64 ;. ...Read more

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Due to family history im having a routine psa test next week. My previouse 4 years have been in mid 2.S can diet help a healthypsa # , any advice ?

Due to family history im having a routine psa test next week. My previouse 4 years have been in mid 2.S can diet help a healthypsa # , any advice ?

Using prostate helps: if you're not having many ejaculations, increasing the frequency may lower the PSA. If it is suddenly higher, one cause could be prostatitis, which can be excluded after four weeks antibiotic therapy with a return to your usual PSA value. ...Read more

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Having family history of diabetes(grandparents) does it mean there is a high chance you are going to get it? Or can you avoid it with a healthy diet?

Having family history of diabetes(grandparents) does it mean there is a high chance you are going to get it? Or can you avoid it with a healthy diet?

Increased risk: You have a greater chance of developing diabetes later in life especially if you gain weight, and do not get adequate exercise. Healthy lifestyle will be very important for you. ...Read more

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Hi i am having psoriasis on my scalp. i have a history of 13 years . Whats the best remedy available and also what diet should i follow? Scalp is ichy

Hi i am having psoriasis on my scalp. i have a history of 13 years . Whats the best remedy available and also what diet should i follow? Scalp is ichy

See a dermatologist: Diet is not a factor. There are many shampoos and meds to use on the scalp for psoriasis. After 13 years you must have tried some of these. Some are OTC, some are prescription. Daily shampoo using tar and/or salicylic acid products are standard. It is not your fault. It is a genetic condition. A skin specialist will help you. ...Read more

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I am 53 year old male with CABG & ptca history at the age of 41&47respectivly. My present wt is 80 kgs. My height is 5'9". Pl. Suggest on my diet plan?

I am 53 year old male with CABG & ptca history at the age of 41&47respectivly. My present wt is 80 kgs. My height is 5'9". Pl. Suggest on my diet plan?

Goal for Diet plan : Is related to total calorie intake and quality of food. Less calories from carbohydrates and more on fruits and vegetables, fish and gluten-free, organics may help. Stay away from cholesterol-rich food. Err on the side of less rather than more quantity. Food rich in anti-oxidants will be a plus. But, more than diet should be an exercise plan daily and has to be consistent. Antiplatelet agents. ...Read more

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Do you know of any types of parents (race, nationality, medical history, diet, etc.) who never or almost never have autistic children?

Do you know of any types of parents (race, nationality, medical history, diet, etc.) who never or almost never have autistic children?

No: Studies have shown that autism cuts across race, socio-econimc status, nationality, and most other measures. Several large-scale studies are underway to look are specifics of maternal behaviors such as diet and exposures during pregnancy, but no results yet. There is a clear genetic contribution, so those with a history of having had an autistic child are at increased risk. ...Read more

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My uncle has cancer of the of the colon due to poor diet. We have no cancer history in the family but i've been wondering if this is hereditary?

My uncle has cancer of the of the colon due to poor diet. We have no cancer history in the family but i've been wondering if this is hereditary?

Unlikely genetic: Just one member of the family is not enough to call it familial cancer , 75 % of colon cancers has no family history , so don't worry , you are 21 and if no symptoms , 20 years from now go for regular screening colonoscopy , you will be fine. Yes diet plays a roll but unlikely it is the cause of cancer , develop good dietary habits, eat lots of veggies, fruits, less re meat , will be fine. ...Read more

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Normal weight severely symptomatic prediabetes on low carb diet w/ fam history of type 1&2. Should i eat normal for 2-3 mos so my #s meet diagnosis req to get tx?

Normal weight severely symptomatic prediabetes on low carb diet w/ fam history of type 1&2. Should i eat normal for 2-3 mos so my #s meet diagnosis req to get tx?

No: You don't have to be a diabetic to get treated. You can be on medication during the prediabetes stage. Talk to your doctor about your options but the goal is to go from prediabetes to normal, not prediabetes to diabetes. ...Read more

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Should I really add dark chocolate to my diet? Morbidly obese not diabetic but very strong family history of diabetes.

Should I really add dark chocolate to my diet? Morbidly obese not diabetic but very strong family history of diabetes.

Not add - ?subsitute: If you are overweight, you certainlly don't want to add anything sugary. While some evidence suggests dark chocolate decreases heart attack risk, it is not a panacea. If you are going to eat sweets, dark chocolate is better than others. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of sudden weight gain (10-12lbs) without change in diet and have been lean throughout adult life. Women in family has history of thyroid disease.?

What could be the cause of sudden weight gain (10-12lbs) without change in diet and have been lean throughout  adult life. Women in family has history of thyroid disease.?

You answered: You give yourself an answer. Thyroid disease can be one thing. This sudden weight gain requires evaluation. It is probably sudden fluid retention and this can relate to possible medical conditions that can be treated. I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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My 18 yr old daughter is thin, exercises and has a healthy diet. Her LDL is at 143. Positive family history. What can she do now to lower ldl?

My 18 yr old daughter is thin, exercises and has a healthy diet. Her LDL is at 143. Positive family history. What can she do now to lower ldl?

See below.: I agree with dr. Diamond but would also suggest working with a nutritionist -- often they can suggest ways to cut sources of fat and cholesterol in her diet that you and your daughter may not have thought of. ...Read more

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