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Doctor insights on: How To Raise Good Cholesterol Levels

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Is slightly raised cholesterol is of concern?

Out of context: For a 22 year old? No one in American medicine even recommends cholesterol testing for someone in their 20s. Second, cholesterol is a panel, not one test. Your question does not reference the panel. Thus interpretation is impossible. ...Read more

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Why is my cholesterol raised to 5.6 even though im taking meds to control it?

Why is my cholesterol raised to 5.6 even though im taking meds to control it?

Meds Not in Charge: Cholesterol: a fat molecule made by every animal cell, part of each cell membrane, allows movement. The real target is lipoproteins. Most meds are single molecules selected to influence body function. Principle controls remain within our mind?brain?body + food choices. LFHC foods drive LDL particle concentrations ?; Large-HDL particle concentrations ?. Thus check NMR lipoproteins, go HFLC. ...Read more

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I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

Total risk: It's not wise to treat lab abnormalities in a vacuum. If your total cardiac risk exceeds 7.5% ten year risk, or if you have established vascular disease, a statin is advised (2013 Adult Treatment Panel guidelines, American Heart Assoc) since they've been shown repeatedly to lower risk while supplements and non-statin meds are either ineffective or minimally so. ...Read more

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What are ways to raise HDL or good cholesterol levels?

What are ways to raise HDL or good cholesterol levels?

Several Options: Several things to consider. Eliminate things that lower HDL cholesterol (hdl-c) like smoking. Maintain regular exercise. Modest alcohol intake can increase hdl-c, so long as it does not raise triglyceride levels. Treat elevated blood sugar if present. Finally, talk with your doctor about certain medications that may decrease hdl-c levels. ...Read more

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Please describe ways to raise HDL or "good cholesterol" levels?

Please describe ways to raise HDL or "good cholesterol" levels?

Exercise: Establish a regular aerobic exercise routine and stick to it. Fish oil and the antioxidants in red wine or grape juice may also help. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine over counter, and prescription that can raise good cholesterol level?

What kind of medicine over counter, and prescription that can raise good cholesterol level?

Good question: Statin drugs can raise good cholesterol, but lowering your LDL cholesterol with medication is more important. Raising your HDL with medication does not offer the same benefit. The best approach to raising it is exercise. Even 20 minutes of walking a day will increase your HDL, and benefit your heart, blood pressure and general health. ...Read more