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Ldl Cholesterol 137
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
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
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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LDL: Usually 6 weeks by medication ; possibly longer with lifestyle modification (3-6 months). ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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