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What is a normal chore sterol for a 42 year old women?

What is a normal chore sterol for a 42 year old women?

Risk factors?: Normal LDL cholesterol is up to 130 mg/dl if there are no other risk factors such as smoking or family history of heart disease or diabetes. If one risk factor, under 100, more than one risk factor, under 70. Hdl should be above 45. ...Read more

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What is plant sterols and stanols good for?

What is plant sterols and stanols good for?

Phytosterols: Plant stanols and sterols are substances found naturally in plant foods -- including fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Their chemical structure looks a lot like cholesterol, and they can prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol in the intestines. Either in food or supplement form, they can lower LDL cholesterol levels. http://tinyurl.com/mkr6v99. ...Read more

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What are plant sterols? How can they be used to lower cholesterol?

What are plant sterols? How can they be used to lower cholesterol?

Yes: Plant sterols are substances that are naturally found in plant foods, including fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.Plant sterols look a lot like cholesterol. They work by preventing the body from absorbing cholesterol in the intestine. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, I don't want to take drugs. Heard with diet plant sterols can help, like CholestOff by Nature Made. Are they safe?

I have high cholesterol, I don't want to take drugs. Heard with diet plant sterols can help, like CholestOff by Nature Made. Are they safe?

LDL: Please go to framingham risk calculator (http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov) and calculate risk for having heart disease within next ten years. If risk is greater than 7.5% American expert panels recommend considering a statin medication. European experts do not consider statins until your risk is much higher - 20%. The other agents you are discussing do not have the same benefit as statins. ...Read more

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Super beta prostate has 600mg of plant sterols., and others. Other manufacturers of beta-sitosterol don't have as many in theirs. Is this important?

Super beta prostate has 600mg of plant sterols., and others. Other manufacturers of beta-sitosterol don't have as many in theirs. Is this important?

It could be: That a higher dose certainly sounds better... However to my knowledge there is no scientific proof that any sterols have any long term beneficial effect on prostate hypertrophy. The "drug" is advertised on the net ready to order. Go see a urologist have a psa done and listen to what the dr. Will tell you. Do not treat yourself! ...Read more

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Is it safe for my father to take COQ10 & Plant sterol supplements? He has essential thrombocytosis. He already takes aspirin & pravastatin daily.

Is it safe for my father to take COQ10 & Plant sterol supplements? He has essential thrombocytosis. He already takes aspirin & pravastatin daily.

Looks OK,,,: It looks like no problem with plant sterols or COQ10 as there don't seem to be any major contraindications with the use of these together. However the use of statins like the pravastatin he's on may inhibit his own COQ10 production and COQ10 use may block the action of warfarin if your father ever takes that so that would be something to keep aware of. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I take a supplement w/ plant sterols & stanols to lower cholesterol. Read online those ingredients can increase height. Any truth to that in adults?

I take a supplement w/ plant sterols & stanols to lower cholesterol. Read online those ingredients can increase height. Any truth to that in adults?

Unlikely: Once growth plates fuse at the end of puberty, linear growth stops. Adults grow taller under only very very rare circumstances! Good posture and exercise with stretching can maximize a person's height potential, but new growth does not really occur. ...Read more