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How Do I Lower Colestoral
Diet & Medications: Cholesterol is important because it is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Total cholesterol, LDL ("bad"), and HDL ("good") are measured on blood work. Cholesterol levels are due to both diet and bodily production (genetics/family history). So a low cholesterol diet and exercise can help blood levels but many times statin medications are also needed. Talk to your health professional. ...Read more
Diet, exercise and: medication. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for a treatment specific for you. In general reducing intake of saturated fats, losing weight, and exercising are helpful. If that is not sufficient, prescription medications may be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Niacin: Niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin b3) is the cheapest, safest, most effective lipid lowering substance there is. Niacin lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides, and ldl, and raises HDL ("good" cholesterol)--thus optimizing the lipid profile. The usual dose to achieve this effect is 1, 500-2, 000 mg per day. A non-flushing version of Niacin is inositol hexanicotinate (ihn). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to determine: Cause all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. Common causes of elevated alt are alcohol intake, hepatitis c infection, medication side effects and liver cell necrosis. If you drink, stop entirely for three months. Do not take acetaminophen/tylenol. ...Read more
Live better: Cholesterol has a genetic predisposition as well as lifestyle component. Improving your diet and exercising are key. Eat low glycemic is key b/c sugar can increase cholesterol as well. Eat good fats such as nuts in moderation, olive oil, avocados. Eat more plants, eat lean proteins, and exercise! use more fish oil to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LDL Drives HDL Stops: Atherosclerosis, typically starts ~age 7, is primarily driven by lipoproteins (the proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells), not cholesterol (made by every cell), thus optimize NMR particle test (hdl & LDL concentration, not cholesterol), keep hba1c low, optimal ? 5.0%, sbp ?120 mmhg, don’t smoke, exercise, avoid dietary sugars, etc; study: nusi.Org, taubes, attia, lustig fatchance. ...Read more
Wrong question 2 ask: Rather than focus on lowering cholesterol, focus on lowering vascular risk eg heart attack & stroke. Yes, cholesterol has an impact but many common & popular medicines lower cholesterol w/o lowering risk for heart attack & stroke, which begs the question why take them? If you smoke, quit. If you don't exercise, start. If you do, keep doing so. Eat right eg Mediterranean diet. See ur doc regularly ...Read more
LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl =700 nmol/l, HDL =45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading. ...Read more
Treat high BP.: Hypertension can be treated without medication. Regular cardiovascular exercise, at least five days per week. DASH diet - salt intake less than 2000mg daily, fiber (50 grams daily for women and 70 grams daily for men), lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates. Stress reduction - meditation and such. Sleep 6-9 hours nightly. Don't smoke cigarettes - ever. ...Read more
Try these: Try nutritional approaches. Consider eating oatmeal, bran, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapefruit, hazelnuts, avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant, garlic, onion, chili peppers, legumes, dandelion root & jerusalem artichoke. Avoid deep fried foods & whole eggs. Stay physically active. Talk to your physician. ...Read more
Diet/Reduce sleep: I ncrease your intake of soy by soy milk, tofu or other soy products reduce your sleep time, lack of sleep contributes to cortisol production and that lower your testosterone level avoid eating vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, turnip, cabbage, brussels sprout, these vegs reduce estrogen level and raise testosterone level reduce consumption of essential fatty acids from fish, oils, flaxseed. ...Read more
Low Carb and Omega-3: Triglyceride is the reserve form of fat and in high level increases risk of heart disease, pancreatitis, etc. The best way to reduce it is by lowering processed starch, sugar as well as saturated, animal based fat. Taking high quality omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil, flax seed oil, krill oil) is also a must to reduce your triglyceride levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy Lifestyle: Lowering cholesterol starts with a healthy life style, getting plenty of fruits, vegetables & lean meats (chicken, fish) and exercising. If you are concerned about your cholesterol, you should see a doctor to get the levels checked. Depending on the level, you may need to go on a medication called a statin (ex lipitor). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go see your doctor!: Before lowering your t level, tell you doc why you want it lower. S/he can offer you several different options although neither lower t directly. Instead, birth control pills raise sex hormone binding globulin which lowers free t while spironolactone acts as an anti-androgen. So rather than focus on lowering t, focus on desired outcome. Hope that makes sense. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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