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Red Yeast Rice Vs Niacin To Lower Cholesterol
No: Red yeast contains lovastatin that's made naturally. Somebody's going to tell you that it's 'better' because it was grown in a lab rather than synthesized in a lab. That's your business. Cholesterol meds are life-and-death and if you want to take a preparation like red yeast that's not standardized, then that's your business. The key is that you are managing your cholseterol closely -- Good. ...Read more
Are you supposed to take vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) along with red yeast rice to lower cholesterol?
What are the top 3 ways to raise HDL? I fixed TC/TG/LDL with High fiber, Fish Oil, Guggulsterones, Pantethine, Niaspan, (niacin) but HDL went from 29 to 30
I'll give you 7: Non-medicinal (other than the natural Omega3 Fish oils) ways to improve the HDL are: Exercise/STOP Smoking/Decrease sugars in your diet/Increase Fiber in your diet/Increase the Omega 3 Fish oils/Small amounts of dark chocolate/red wine in moderation...can all be beneficial for the HDL. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cholesterol: This otc supplement is touted as "good for cholesterol", whatever that means. Unfortunately as a dietary supplement they can make claims that are not regulated by the fda. With the newer guidelines for management of elevated cholesterol you should discuss with your primary care physician. ...Read more
What wd be a better choice, besides a good diet, 4 lowering cholesterol & geting your HDL & LDS better. Red Rice Yeast or Polycolsonol 20mg /one day?
Dean Ornish, MD: The Ornish Diet causes significant lowering of abnormal lipids and causes reduction in plaque by 5 years. It is a 10% diet and has proven better, with mucho better support than other more recent supplements and drugs. Plus you save money and learn all the other things to do to reverse disease in blood vessels and heart. Good luck. ...Read more
Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin.Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?
Find and Fix Causes: High LDL levels may result from overproduction of LDL particles, decreased clearance of LDL particles, or both. In some cases common LDL lowering medications are not sufficient to control high LDL levels. Consideration should be given to identifyihng genetic causes (familial hypercholesterolemia), or acquired medical problems (thyroid, renal, liver, glucose related disorders) that could be present ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tc: 211 (>200) but hdl: 34(<40) only. Please suggest diet to increase HDL but lower total cholesterol for the ratio to be lower than 4. Thnx?
Ways to raise HDL: I don't think a cholesterol of 211 is dangerous unless your LDL particles are small & dense (which requires further testing to determine) but it is wise to raise your hdl. See http://heartdisease.About.Com/cs/cholesterol/a/raisehdl.Htm , http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease , and http://www.Spacedoc.Com/stephen_sinatra_1. ...Read more
Is apple cider vinegar good to lower cholesterol and triglycerides? Would it also lower the good hdl?
Nope: It won't lower your cholesterol.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibly: Laboratory studies show curcumin ( the active component in turmeric) has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Animal studies show that turmeric lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Turmeric retains its benefits even withe exposure to heat, unlike vitamins. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is milk, butter, cheese, meat & eggs bad for cholesterol.My LDL is high & was put on welchol (colesevelam) just for 4 months.Is dairy ok for people with diabetes.
Mydrhas me taking red yeast rice 3 times a week to get rid of artherosclerotic changes in aortic arch. No high cholesterol no hi BP HDL is excellent l?
Consider alternative: Red yeast rice contains natural statins. Evidence suggests lowering cholesterol in women your age does more harm then good! see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks.Html for things that are better proven to reverse atherosclerosis see http://www.Lef.Org/magazine/mag2007/jul2007_report_atherosclerosis_01.Htm if you continue red yeast rice i advise taking coq10 with it. ...Read more
History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?
My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?
My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more
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