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Doctor insights on: Low Potassium Levels And High Cholesterol

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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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Hi, I have been having problems with low potassium/sodium/magnesium over the last 12 months, also recently low glucose, cholesterol and high bilirubin?

Hi, I have been having problems with low potassium/sodium/magnesium over the last 12 months, also recently low glucose, cholesterol and high bilirubin?

Need numbers: Hi...or should I say G'day?! "Low" doesn't give us meaningful information. But it certainly sounds like you should probably see a good diagnostician! Good luck! ...Read more

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Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin and carbs: Rachel,
I wish I could help you but your comments are unclear.
What do you mean by "insulin 64" and glucose 54?

Have you been told that you have "congenital hyper-insulin"? In that case your doctor would have referred you to a surgeon.

If you can, please give me some more information. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Florinef (fludrocortisone): Florinef (fludrocortisone) causes salt and fluid retention. The fluid retention may cause a rise in bnp. Suggest you discuss result with your md. Lowering of the potassium is a known side effect of Florinef (fludrocortisone) use. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between insulin levels and high cholesterol?

What is the relationship between insulin levels and high cholesterol?

No direct relation: People with early type 2 diabetes have high Insulin and later may have high cholesterol. Generally these two chemicals are independent of each other. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of low BMI and high cholesterol?

What are the dangers of low BMI and high cholesterol?

LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ≤700 nmol/l, HDL ≥45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ↓$, but misleading. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol and high glucose levels. What to do?

I have high cholesterol and high glucose levels. What to do?

Discuss with your MD: If you have diabetes and high cholesterol, you need to be under care of a competent physician.
You will need to follow your doctors advice with frequent follow ups as needed.
You will get advice about
1diet and exercise and weight loss of overweight
2meds if needed for reducing your high cholesterol and control of diabetes
3diabetic education about checking blood sugar
4follow ups
5 referals if nee. ...Read more

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High cholesterol and high glucose levels, how should I treat this?

High cholesterol and high glucose levels, how should I treat this?

Elevated: See your doctor for treatment for the cholesterol and glucose. You'll need to learn the appropriate diet and exercise programs and likely take medications. ...Read more

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What are high cholesterol levels symptoms?

What are high cholesterol levels symptoms?

None, initially: High cholesterol has no symptoms. However, high cholesterol over a long period of time can lead to heart disease, stroke and other problems. You certainly don't want to wait for these things to be your first clue of having a cholesterol problem. Have your cholesterol checked regularly by your physician and follow his or her advise on how to treat this condition. ...Read more

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What are the effects and symptoms of high cholesterol levels?

What are the effects and symptoms of high cholesterol levels?

Atherosclerosis and: Asympotmatic. High cholesterol, by itself, does not produce any symptoms. It is a risk factor for atherosclerosis of blood vessels that can cause many diseases, e.g., heart attack, stroke, gangrene, kidney failure etc. ...Read more

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I have low vitamin d and high cholesterol issue?

I have low vitamin d and high cholesterol issue?

Not linked: I don't think these two issues are linked for u. Get active outside to treat your vit d. If that doesn't work u can take an supplement, say 800 u per day. Hi chol treatment depends on the breakdown of LDL and hdl. If LDL is high, (for you, > 160), might consider medication, but first, eat less sat fat, exercise. Check out our risk prediction tool.
http://www. Ucvamedtools. Com/prevent/terms. Html. ...Read more

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Feeling cold for yrs, fainting during periods for yrs but sex hormone levels normal, lethargy often, constipation, high cholesterol- worth doing TSH?

Feeling cold for yrs, fainting during periods for yrs but sex hormone levels normal, lethargy often, constipation, high cholesterol- worth doing TSH?

YES!!!: Plus CBC (blood count). Not sure why sex hormones (which ones) checked before CBC & TSH. Anemia (low blood count) could cause cold feeling, feeling faint & lethargy. Anemia often results from frequent heavy periods in young women. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can also cause feeling cold, lethargy, constipation & high cholesterol so definitely check both labs. Consider ambulatory blood pres ...Read more

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Help! Newly diagnosed high cholesterol. Have had chest pain, tachycardia, short of breath and heart skips. But low bp. Could I have a heart attack?

Help! Newly diagnosed high cholesterol. Have had chest pain, tachycardia, short of breath and heart skips. But low bp. Could I have a heart attack?

Or acute ischemia: You need to see a cardiologist to sort this out assp. A session of multifunction cardiogram may help! It is the most accurate diagnostic tool to detect ischemia in women. (please see the link) http://en. M.Wikipedia. Org/wiki/multifunction_cardiogram. Best luck! ...Read more

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At what level do you treat high cholesterol if HDL 70?

Depends: On your family history, risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking. Please discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol but am perfectly fit / athletic / eat paleo. I'm assuming it's my genes. What's the best way to keep my cholesterol low?

I have high cholesterol but am perfectly fit / athletic / eat paleo. I'm assuming it's my genes. What's the best way to keep my cholesterol low?

Genes: Unfortunately our genetic make up affects us both in positive and negative ways. I am sure your genes are a contributing factor but make sure you keep track of what you are eating. Sometimes those "good" foods are actually not so good! ...Read more

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Hdl 31mg low triglyceride s 334mg high cholesterol 209 high. Is this bad? Please ezplain..

Hdl 31mg low triglyceride s 334mg high cholesterol 209 high. Is this bad? Please ezplain..

Lipid Abnormalities: Bad is not a common word we use in medicine. This scenario is a very common type of cholesterol problem. The biggest issues with these numbers are that your lifestyle numbers--the numbers you can change--are all out of whack and putting you in danger. Eating right, exercising correctly and limiting your sugars will lower the triglycerides and raise the hdl. This is vital for you at your age. ...Read more

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Is a high cholesterol level proof of arterial blockages?

Is a high cholesterol level proof of arterial blockages?

Cholesterol: High level increases the risk for having atherosclotic plaque but doesn't prove it is there ...Read more

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Can low thyroid cause high cholesterol?

Endocrine effects: Thyroid hormone helps us with metabolism. If your thyroid hormone is low, your body is unable to manage the lipids appropriately and this leads to high cholesterol of the 'bad types' (triglycerides, low density lipids and very low density lipids) and lowering the good cholesterol (high density lipid). Our bodies need to be firing on all cylinders! ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol alone cause low kidney functions?

Can high cholesterol alone cause low kidney functions?

Not likely.: It is not likely to diminish kidney function by itself, but it might eventually lead to atherosclerosis which could ultimately stop blood flow if really bad and make the kidney (s) ischemic reslting in loss of function. This may not be common as atherosclerosis that bad would affect the heart and other organs first. Things like hypertension and diabetes are likely to affect the kidneys sooner. ...Read more

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I am a newly diagnosed type II diabetic. Where should my levels be? Also I have high cholesterol

I am a newly diagnosed type II diabetic. Where should my levels be? Also I have high cholesterol

SEVERAL GOALS: Fasting blood sugar<110
sugar after meals less than 145
bedtime sugar less than 145
bad cholesterol less than 75
triglycerides less than 150
blood pressure less than 130/85
no smoking
exercise 210 mins a week minimum (30+ mins/day)
eat proportionately good, complex carbs, fats and protein, lots of veggies and several servings of low glucemic, high fiber fruits.
And... Hemoglobin a1c <6.5%! ...Read more

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Hi, my hubby is having high cholesterol dat is (277) how to reduce his cholesterol levels via diet nd exercise please help!

Hi, my hubby is having high cholesterol dat is (277) how to reduce his cholesterol levels via diet nd exercise please help!

Nutrition & exercise: Before putting most anyone on medications, we typically offer non-pharmacologic options, assuming you can tolerate risk for short period of time. Diet & exercise can get you 10-15% reduction at most via therapeutic lifestyle changes (tlc). Therefore, go to http://cvdrisk. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/calculator. Asp to calculate 10yr risk. If it's >20%, then goal LDL is less than 100mg/dl & he may need drugs. ...Read more

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What are the risk of high cholesterol and low HDL and how it be fixed?

What are the risk of high cholesterol and low HDL and how it be fixed?

LDL Not Cholesterol: Artery disease: typically beings ~age 7; yet asymptomatic for decades. Ldl particles entering artery walls is the primary driver; HDL helps ↓ ds. Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been correct issue but promoted because (as 1 fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was/is cheaper to measure & if very ↑ (esp. Fasting) correlates with ↑ LDL particles. See NMR particle test many tx. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a teenager, and have a slightly high cholesterol level?

Don't worry: Simply stick with natural food. You may find this hard to believe, but sugar has been found to be more dangerous than cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can eating foods with high cholesterol not effect your bloods cholesterol level?

Can eating foods with high cholesterol not effect your bloods cholesterol level?

Yes to a point: However, atkins and others have shown that if you minimize carbohydrate intake, that may be more important than limiting fats. ...Read more

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60 with htn, low glucose, high cholesterol. What is best diet?

60 with htn, low glucose, high cholesterol. What is best diet?

Back to basics: High fiber, low fat, very low saturated fat, very low sugar (simple carbs), no juice, no soda, no gatorade. Limit sweets a lot. Eat regular meals spaced evenly through the day - do not eat most of your calories at dinner. Get 22-30 min of exercise (a brisk walk) every day. Avoid packaged foods, avoid eating out, eat fresh food that you prepare from scratch most of the time. You can do it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high cholesterol low carb diet question?

What to do if I have high cholesterol low carb diet question?

Need more info: How high is your cholesterol? More important than total cholesterol are the number and size of LDL and HDL particles. Also important is the triglyceride level and triglyceride to HDL ratio. Another helpful number is the LP (a) value. To obtain the above values, you need to get an NMR lipid test or a VAP test. Ask your doctor to order one of those test. The normal lipid panel is of limited value. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more