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How do I lower LDL cholesterol?

How do I lower LDL cholesterol?

Lower LDL: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar! . So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%. ...Read more

Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more


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How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

Always diet and: Exercise is best answer, then statins. Statins have certain toxicities and unpleasantness and dosage can be reduced somewhat with the triglyceride lowering drug vascepa which also lowers LDL cholesterol. ...Read more

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How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

Eat better: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar! . So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%! ...Read more

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Could you lower LDL cholesterol four points in one week?

Lipids: The LDL lab test could vary that much by itself so a change of that little between two measurements doesn't mean much. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that will lower LDL cholesterol? |

Plant sterols/stanol: Ldl cholesterol can be lowered by consuming foods enriched with plant sterol/stannol esters (eg. Margarines benecol or promise activ). One study showed up to14% drop in LDL over 3 months. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

Low density lipoprot: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is one of the major forms of lipoproteins (combination of protein and lipids) that allow for transport of lipids and cholesterol in the body and blood. Higher levels are associated with increase in cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

Blood test: By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

YES, FAST >12 hours: To get an accurate LDL cholesterol it is best to fast at least 12 hours. Drinking water is ok and necessary. Our office also allows 'black coffee' (no cream/sugar) hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take for one to lower LDL cholesterol levels?

LDL: Usually 6 weeks by medication ; possibly longer with lifestyle modification (3-6 months). ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 25 and my LDL is 186 and cholesterol is 263?

What to do if I'm 25 and my LDL is 186 and cholesterol is 263?

Lifestyle, meds: Make sincere lifestyle / diet changes, and discuss medication options with your doctor.

You may not suffer the negative effects of this level ldl for years, but if / when you do - it could be devastating.

Do not pretend that you are Superman - it will catch up with you, and it won't be pretty.

Best Wishes! ...Read more

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My LDL cholesterol, vldl chol ratio is high. Are these related?

My LDL cholesterol, vldl chol ratio is high. Are these related?

Yes and No: Vldl (very low density cholesterol) is made in the liver, and contains both triglycerides (tg's) and cholesterol (more tg's than cholesterol). Ldl is made in the blood stream from vldl, and contains more cholesterol, less tg's. Both have a protein called apob on the surface, but because LDL lasts longer, there is more LDL available. Both can cause plaque in arteries if levels are too high. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Mildly: A total cholesterol of 218 is mildly elevated and a LDL is borderline elevated if you have no other risk factors for heart disease like a BP over 140/90, a HDL under 45, smoking, or diabetes. If you don't have these risk factors the primary therapy is diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Why is my LDL cholesterol still high when I try to do everything right?

Why is my LDL cholesterol still high when I try to do everything right?

Fix causes, diet, meds: The first step is to determine why the LDL cholesterol is elevated. Several inherited and acquired medical conditions will affect LDL levels. Second, if related conditions are identified I would treat those while also starting diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Third, medications can be used as needed to further lower LDL to reach levels appropriate for an individuals cardiovascular risk. ...Read more

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In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

Cellular survival: Cholesterol, including ldl, is needed to make up the cell-membrane, keeping it flexible/alive. Cholesterol is also needed to make sex hormones, among many other substances in the body. So, we do need cholesterol for our body cells to live--all cells. Thus, without it, we won't be blogging. Too much is a bad thing, so keep cholesterol to <200 if you can. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?

44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?

Exercise: LDL can be lowered with diet and exercise. At that level, without any other medical problems, nonsmoking, no family members with heart disease, it is not unreasonable to do a trial of diet and exercise, but it will take a lot of work. If you have any other issues or family with heart disease, medication is warranted. Diet should be low carb, exercise should be cardio 4-5x/week. ...Read more