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Is My Cholesterol High
If genetic factors are the only thing making my cholesterol high, can I fix it with more extreme/strict diet instead of medicine?
No harm to try: It does depend somewhat on what you mean by extreme. If what you mean is a rigorous avoidance of cholesterol and saturated fats, but you are meeting all other nutritional requirements, then it is probably ok. Sometimes difficult to stick to, but good luck. ...Read more
Many Things: 1. Eat a low fat diet- go to www.Heart.Org- on is a banner, left side is "conditions", click it and then click, "cholesterol"- will give details 2. Regular aerobic activity, 30 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week 3. Don't smoke 4. If overweight, lose 10-20% of weight in one year 5. Take prescribed medications as last option. ...Read more
Should be similar: Your cholesterol level may vary slightly from day to day, and it can change significantly over time with changes in diet, activity or overall health. Also, there can be some variation in the levels depending on whether both were fasting samples (i.e., using blood not taken immediately after a meal). Otherwise, there should not be a big change in 2 fasting samples taken relatively close together. ...Read more
Yes: In general, your blood pressure and your cholesterol are not related. A person can have terribly high cholesterol, and normal blood pressure, and vice versa. Check out my website CardioGauge.com to get a better understanding of your risk factors for heart and vascular disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes because...: This is fine because 1) even though shrimp is high in cholesterol, eating it does not significantly raise our cholesterol (see http://www.Cnn.Com/health/indepth.Food/meat/seafood/healthful.Shrimp/) and 2) research shows women with high cholesterol live longer and have reduced risk of heart attacks and stroke! see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks.Html. ...Read more
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