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Vegetarian High Cholesterol
Cholesterol, a fat made by all our cells, has never been the correct issue but was promoted because (as a fat within all lipoprotein particles) it was cheaper to measure & if very high (esp. Fasting) tended to correlate with high LDL particle concentrations. In the later 1970's lipoprotein measurements cost $5, 000/sample. The NMR particle test, <$100, brought the LDL costs way ...Read more
My family history includes high cholesterol and triglycerides. I am a vegetarian and mine are high also. What steps can I take?
See a Doctor: There are many genetic or inherited conditions that can lead to high cholesterol and or high triglycerides. It is important to see a doctor who understands these conditions, (lipidologist) report an accurate family history and have any children screened also . Also, it is important to find out if there is a family history of premature (early in life) heart disease. Info: www.Learnyourlipids.Com. ...Read more
One option: Red yeast rice naturally contains lovastatin. Naive people who think "synthetic is bad" can use this very effective cholesterol-lowering agent and imagine it's superior "because it's natural." Vegetarianism is only a mild help in managing lipid and when you control for everything, really doesn't protect against heart disease or much else. Especially, Rx yourself some good aerobic exercise. ...Read more
I have high cholesterol (genetic, i'm healthy 25yr old), should I be careful of my egg consumption? I'm vegetarian & enjoy the source of protein
I would not worry: Vegetarianism is a moral choice and I'm glad you are allowing yourself eggs -- this is important in keeping you healthy. If your hypercholesterolemia is familial (as mine is), you'll probably be on meds by the time it matters, and in the meantime I'd rather you simply stay fit than try a dietary modificaiton that will probably not matter much and make your life less easy & enjoyable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I want to know the symptoms of having a high cholesterol and what is the best medicine for this. Thank you?
No symptoms--Niacin: There may be no symptoms. However, the safest, cheapest, most effective treatment for high cholesterol is niacin--vitamin b3. Niacin will lower total cholesterol, ldl, and triglycerides, and raise hdl. Only adverse effect is harmless (and transient--about 20 minuutes) flushing and itching, to which you will become accustomed with continued use. Dose required is 1, 500-2, 000 mg per day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
High cholesterol: Hi. High cholesterol generally shows a rather poor response to dietary intervention. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, it helps to cut saturated fat out of diet (cutting cholesterol has little effect). Healthy diet & ideal body weight also help the LDL be the large, buoyant LDL (less dangerous than the small, dense LDL). Good lucK! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gout - chol diet: Take in tart cherry juice +tart cherries, 10/day. Add Lemon extract 2 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz/day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L /day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: To lower your cholesterol, eat a vegetarian or vegan diet. To improve your anemia, the diet depends wholly on the cause of your anemia. (some anemias are nutritional, especially iron deficiency) but many anemias have nothing to do with nutrition and won't respond to supplements or food choices. ...Read more
I take warfarin and have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, what can eat to lower cholesterol and will not interact with warfarin?
Eat good foods: The ideal diet to lower cholesterol is a vegetarian diet. You don't have to be a vegetarian but your diet should be heavy on fruits and vegetables, light on meat. Fish is good. Carbs are okay. Your warfarin dose will be adjusted to your diet, not the other way round. The key to warfarin is to try to eat relatively consistently and to be aware which foods have a lot of vit k. (google this). ...Read more
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