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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, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving ...Read more


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Is it true that spinach has high cholesterol?

Is it true that spinach has high cholesterol?

No: Cholesterol is produced by and comes from animals. There are a few plants that have a similar compound to cholesterol, but it is used to treat high cholesterol, as it competes with cholesterol for absorption in the bowel. Spinach (and other dark green leafy vegetables) is high in lutein, which can lower cholesterol levels. The plant nicknamed cholesterol spinach may have higher levels of lutein. ...Read more

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Is it true that high cholesterol contributes to hypertension?

Is it true that high cholesterol contributes to hypertension?

Indirectly: It is not certain that someone with high cholesterol will have high blood pressure. Lots of people have only one, but a majority of those with hypertension will also have high lipids. This is due to the metabolic syndrome and may be mediated by Insulin resistance due to the western diet. In rare cases, the renal artery becomes narrowed from cholesterol leading directly to secondary hypertension. ...Read more

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Is it true that high cholesterol a problem if it's the HDL that's high?

Generally no: The total cholesterol number is meaningless. The HDL and LDL are what's important. If your total cholesterol is high because your HDL is high (hdl is part of the total), then that's very good - especially if your LDL is reasonable. ...Read more

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Is it true that marijuana can cause high cholesterol?

Is it true that marijuana can cause high cholesterol?

Maybe indirectly: Smoking marijuana can lead to food cravings in some people. Getting "the munchies" (food cravings) from the marijuana itself or from peer pressure (listening to other smokers who talk about their munchies) can lead to eating more chips, fries, pizza, ice cream, etc..., which can lead to increased LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol that builds plaques to from blockages in arteries). ...Read more

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Why has taking daily fish oil not lowered hereditary high cholesterol? Is it because the high cholesterol is hereditary?

Why has taking daily fish oil not lowered hereditary high cholesterol? Is it because the high cholesterol is hereditary?

Not the right: treatment. Fish oil may help with high triglycerides but not with cholesterol. If you have hereditary hypercholesterolemia, please consult a cardiologist to safe guard your health. If is not a do it yourself matter. ...Read more

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Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Depends on how high: The Framingham Study, the seminal research study on heart disease, done in the late 80's called into question the focus on cholesterol. A recent British journal of Medicine review did the same and indicated limited value of statins. It appears that cholesterol over 250 along with diabetes and elevated triglycerides is extremely dangerous. Other than that, not confirmed scientifically. ...Read more

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Is it true that garlic is good for high blood pressure control?

Is it true that garlic is good for high blood pressure control?

Garlic: Per http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/medical-edge-newspaper-2010/mar-12b.Html , there is evidence that garlic may lower lipid levels, “relax smooth muscles ; dilate blood vessels”. 1 study showed that intake of 200 to 400 mg of garlic extract 3 x/day “can lower blood pressure modestly.”. ...Read more

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Is it true that alcohol can cause high cholesterol?

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 more

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Is it true that sugar has no nutritional value?

Is it true that sugar has no nutritional value?

In a way. : It only has carbohydrates (simple sugar). Calories that are readily burned. So called "empty calories". No protein. No fat. No vitamins. No mineral. It's a quick "pick me up" but as far as "good for you nutritional value". Zip. ...Read more

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Is it true that keeps on eating bread can increase cholesterol level?

Is it true that keeps on eating bread can increase cholesterol level?

See below: Bread per se does not really alter the cholestero it is dependent on how much and if you spread butter on it as well. ...Read more

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Is it true that king crab legs have high cholesterol?

Is it true that king crab legs have high cholesterol?

Sad but true: King crab is low in saturated fat but high in cholesterol. The butter doesn't help much but is oh so necessary. As with many things, it's best enjoyed in moderation. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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