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What are the best foods to eat to lower high cholesterol and triglycerides?

What are the best foods to eat to lower high cholesterol and triglycerides?

Cholesterol & trigs: You should eat lots of plant-based foods, such as fruits, nonstarchy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains rich in soluble fiber and monounsaturated fat while limiting foods with high glycemic carbs, cholesterol, saturated and trans fat. Fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid such as salmon can help lower triglycerides. Moderate alcohol may help raise HDL but can also elevate triglycerides. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

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


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My family history includes high cholesterol and triglycerides. I am a vegetarian and mine are high also. What steps can I take?

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

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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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I know that high cholesterol is bad for us is something we all know and live with today, but what about triglycerides?

I know that high cholesterol is bad for us is something we all know and live with today, but what about triglycerides?

Acute Pancreatitis: Most evidence suggests that triglycerides above 500 can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. If levels are this high they need treatment. If the levels are between 150 and 500, there is an increased risk of diabetes but it is not certain that the triglycerides cause this, or are just a marker of obesity and diabetes. Weight loss and cholesterol treatment are most important at these levels. ...Read more

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I have elevated CRP (1.5) high cholesterol 268, HDL 78 and LDL 128 triglycerides in normal range Low monocye percentage Crp and cholesterol related?

I have elevated CRP (1.5) 
 high cholesterol 268, HDL 78 and LDL 128 triglycerides in normal range
Low monocye percentage

Crp and cholesterol related?

Cholesterol is a fat: which allows animal cell membranes to be flexible & humans to move; has little to do with arterial disease though promoted by NIH.gov for 4 decades for less $. Typical total cholesterol before people 1st obvious heart attack 170 mg/dL. LDL-C is not measured from your blood, only estimated: LDL-C = TC - HDL-C - 1/5th triglycerides. Get NMR lipoprotein test, get LDL particles <400 to max 700 nmol/L ...Read more

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My father is taking pravastatin 20mg for high cholesterol. Total cholesterol, LDL & HDL are normal but triglycerides are 250. Why is this & what to do?

My father is taking pravastatin 20mg for high cholesterol. Total cholesterol, LDL & HDL are normal but triglycerides are 250. Why is this & what to do?

Change medication.: Assuming he is following a prudent, cholesterol-lowering diet and exercise plan, Pravastatin is not created with the intent of lowering the triglycerides, no matter what dose he tries. Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Crestor will lower the cholesterol at safe doses, but they may be more expensive than Pravastatin, depending on his insurance plan. But they will lower the triglycerides and keep LDL and HDL in check. ...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

Triglyceride (Definition)

Fats from animal products contain these molecules which are made of three fat chains attached to a molecule called glycerol. They circulate in the blood stream and are used as building blocks and repair materials by your cells. Too many of them can contribute to plaque build ...Read more


Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol ...Read more