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Is It True That Alcohol Can Cause High Cholesterol
No: Alcohol in low doses (1 drink per day) can raise the good cholesterol (hdl), and sometimes social drinkers will have high total cholesterol because their good cholesterol is high. If the bad cholesterol (ldl) is ok (under 120 is recommended), there is no problem. Alcohol can and does raise free fat levels in blood (triglycerides) and this is not healthy for the heart or the rest of us. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sometimes: Actually, low doses of alcohol (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women), and especially if the drink is red wine, actually raises the good cholesterol. If the good cholesterol (HDL) goes way up, that can raise total cholesterol, but if the bad cholesterol (ldl) remains less than 180 or so, the overall effect on health is positive. Exercise and health eating is a better way raise hdl. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Moderate: For a normal healthy individual, the allowed intake is 20 gms ( 14 beers) per week for a male and 14 gms ( 7 beers) per week for a female, approximately. As long as you keep drinking in moderation ( what ever type), even though you have high cholesterol, you will be ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limit Amount: Depending on the amount consumed alcohol can increase blood sugar and worsen lipid / lipoprotein problems. If possible, abstain from alcohol for several weeks and recheck you laboratory tests. Alternatively, cut your intake by half and check laboratory tests. This approach will indicate the degree to which alcohol is impacting these values. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic. Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?
Yes: Red wine contains interesting molecules, but anyone who tells you this is the best way to lower cholesterol is joking with you. One of the key "red wine" papers was a fraud. Your physician has almost certainly recommended diet, exercise, and perhaps a statin (use only if the others fail and get a 2nd opinion). Very glad you are recovering -- this move will be a greater plus than anything else. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a Caucasian 60-yr-old woman with high cholesterol, taking turmeric, consuming no cholesterol foods, no alcohol or drugs but have yellow eyes, why?
Can I prevent clogging of artheries by taking Omega 3? No smoking/alcohol/ high cholesterol/BP/blood sugar BUT family history of coronary desease.
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