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My Cholesterol Is 250 Is That Bad
Maybe: The level of your cholesterol has to be taken in context with many other factors. What is your family history of male or female early coronary artery disease. Do you smoke, do you have diabetes or hypertension or other cardiovascular disease? What is the level of your LDL and HDL cholesterol? Do you drink too much? Are you overweight? There are many factor to take into consideration to say. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Avoid too much.: Cholesterol is not 'bad', all our cells contain and require cholesterol to keep membranes healthy in our bodies. It's over-consumption of cholesterol which gets us into trouble. The extra cholesterol lodges in arteries, eventually causing narrowing which can lead to blood clots (heart attacks, strokes). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: The significance of cholesterol depends on the presence or absence of other risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, cigarette smoking and family history. In addition the presence of high or low HDL (good cholesterol) is important. A mildly elevated cholesterol by itself is not as big an issue as many people believe. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: Unlike meth or unsafe loving, a donut can't ruin your life. The "pop" wisdom is that donuts are fried and contain saturated fat which may raise bad cholesterol a bit ; increase coronary risk all other things being equal, and they are not equal. After 40 years in medicine, my best advice to a donut-lover is to enjoy your donuts, and spend quality time doing your favorite fitness stuff. Cheers. ...Read more
Cholesterol: What you are referring to is high density lipoprotein cholesterol (cholesterol carried on particles called high-density lipoproteins) and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (chol. carried on LDL particles). We think of the first as "good" and the second as "bad" because we think HDL particles act as vacuum cleaners that suck up cholesterol from plaque and LDL particles as the particles depositing ...Read more
23 cholesterol: The first thing would be to recheck and be sure that the level is reproduceably 'bad'. A Mediterranean diet, regular aerobic exercise, not smoking, attention to diabetes if present and sometimes medications are appropriate in addition to these steps to treat elevated cholesterol. ...Read more
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