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Why is low HDL cholesterol bad for you?

Why is low HDL cholesterol bad for you?

Complicated: The conventional wisdom is that HDL helps to remove cholesterol from your arteries and epidemiological studies clearly show that the lower the hdl, the higher the risk and vice versa but drugs that raise the HDL have had disappointing results making the conventional wisdom suspect. It may just be a marker for something else. Bottom line: we're not sure why but it is. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally Hi-Fat & Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles & carbohydrate foods ↑LDL ↓HDL ...Read more


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Is it fine to have high bad cholesterol if one has high good cholesterol?

Is it fine to have high bad cholesterol if one has high good cholesterol?

Depends on a lot: 1st, it depends how high. If HDL is over 85, then yes, LDL can be very high - for most people. 2nd, what other risk factors do you have? With high bp, smoking, diabetes and obesity, then the hdl-to-ldl ratio should be better because risk is so much higher. See a lipid specialist and consider a 'fractionated lipid panel' to help determine risk. ...Read more

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Why is cholesterol bad for you?

Why is cholesterol bad for you?

Avoid too much.: Cholesterol is not 'bad', all our cells contain and require cholesterol to keep membranes healthy in our bodies. It's over-consumption of cholesterol which gets us into trouble. The extra cholesterol lodges in arteries, eventually causing narrowing which can lead to blood clots (heart attacks, strokes). ...Read more

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Is red chilli powder bad for you if you have diabetes and high cholesterol?

Is red chilli powder bad for you if you have diabetes and high cholesterol?

No: Red chili powder is not harmful. It can worsen reflux and gastritis but if you don't have it, there can be some benefits to improving metabolism and digestion with that along with clearing up your sinuses! ...Read more

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If you have high cholesteroll but good blood pressure, is the cholestetol still dangerous?

If you have high cholesteroll but good blood pressure, is the cholestetol still dangerous?

Hypertension: and high cholesterol are both risk factors for atherosclerosis. A normal blood pressure doesn't necessarily negate the risk from high cholesterol, so it should be addressed as a separate issue. ...Read more

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Why are high cholesterol foods bad for you, anyway?

Many reasons.: The main reason is an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Higher LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and lower HDL cholesterol increse this risk. This can have serious consequernces, like heart disease, and stroke. The national cholesterol education program helps provide guidelines of how to reduce the intake of total and saturated fat for lower cholesterol to lower risk for atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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What not to eat for high cholesterol?

Saturated fats: Reducing the intake of saturated fats, and reducing caloric intake in general may help. If that does not reduce cholesterol levels to a healthy level, you should consult your doctor for medication/drugs. ...Read more

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Does low cholesterol prevent atherosclerosis? If I have good cholesterol, meaning high good cholesterol and low bad cholesterol, will that prevent atherosclerosis?

Does low cholesterol prevent atherosclerosis? If I have good cholesterol, meaning high good cholesterol and low bad cholesterol, will that prevent atherosclerosis?

Possibly: Atherosclerosis is caused by a variety of factors, of which cholesterol and triglycerides are two major components. Therefore, if you have low total cholesterol and an appropriate balance between LDL and hdl, you should reduce your risk substantially. But, you may still have development of atherosclerosis later in life. Still, here less is more :). ...Read more

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Is it good to have high amounts of hdl, but is too much of any cholesterol a bad thing?

Not necessarily: A high HDL is felt to be protective. There is nothing to suggest that an unusually high HDL would be problematic. ...Read more

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Could it be bad for the heart if you have high cholesterol and low blood sugar?

Yes: It'll mostly be the cholesterol that's doing it. High sugars can cause damage to the heart arteries too, but i'm unaware of low sugar doing the same. That said, most people with documented low sugars are diabetics taking meds for the condition, and such patients almost invariably have a degree of heart artery involvement from their condition. ...Read more

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I know LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" artery clogging cholesterol, but are there healthy levels that are good for you?

I know LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" artery clogging cholesterol, but are there healthy levels that are good for you?

Depends on Particles: Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (apob or NMR ldl-p). However, ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values. Ideal ldl-p values are <1000 nmol/l for high risk patients and <1300 nmol for everyone else. ...Read more

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What is a good cholesterol reading is 200 good 330 to high 150 to low and be honest are statin drugs really any good for cholesterol tha?

What is a good cholesterol reading    is 200  good   330  to high   150  to low  and be honest  are statin drugs really any good for cholesterol   tha?

Risk factors: The optimum cholesterol level depends on your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you do not have risk factors, 200 may be okay, provided your HDL levels is normal or better yet, high. Statins do help, but it would be prudent to consult a doctor about your risk factors before entertaining any effort to change your cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is non-vegetarian bad for high blood pressure?

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Is non-vegetarian bad for high blood pressure?

No.: Just watch the salt in your food. Too much salt causes more high prtessure than the meat. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is high but the ratio is good. Should I consider a statin or is it ok to do nothing? Which statin and why?

More info needed: The use of statins (or any other medications) depends on many factors, such as family history, other medical problems, current state of health, other risk factors, etc. It also depends on your exact ratio vs. "a low ratio". Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you have a LDL (bad) cholesterol that is too low?

Could you have a LDL (bad) cholesterol that is too low?

Not really: Very low LDL cholesterol levels (less than 40) can occur genetically (hypobetalipoproteinemia), in which case such low values are present from birth, or in response to medical therapies. In both settings individuals have normal development, sexual function, and show no specific adverse effects. Low levels are sometimes noted due to severe illness (cancer, etc), but that is a different issue. ...Read more

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Is peanut butter good or bad for high cholesterol?

Is peanut butter good or bad for high cholesterol?

Good: Studies show that diets rich in legumes (to include peanuts) can help to lower cholesterol by 30%. ...Read more

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High Cholesterol (Definition)

A condition in which high amounts of cholesterol (a fat made by cells in your body) are ...Read more