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In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

Cellular survival: Cholesterol, including ldl, is needed to make up the cell-membrane, keeping it flexible/alive. Cholesterol is also needed to make sex hormones, among many other substances in the body. So, we do need cholesterol for our body cells to live--all cells. Thus, without it, we won't be blogging. Too much is a bad thing, so keep cholesterol to <200 if you can. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more


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What does your LDL (bad cholesterol) number mean?

What does your LDL (bad cholesterol) number mean?

Blood LDL Level: LDL is "low density lipoprotein", a particle that carries cholesterol in the blood. Increased LDL is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and premature death. Lowering LDL can reduce this risk. LDL levels are estimated by cholesterol (LDL-C). Because the cholesterol carried in LDL particles is highly variable many doctors prefer to use LDL particle number (LDL-P) to manage LDL related risk ...Read more

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What are LDL & HDL cholesterol?

What are LDL & HDL cholesterol?

Lipoproteins.: Ldl (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are types of cholesterol. Ldl is so-called "bad cholesterol" because it increases the risk of heart disease by causing hardening of the arteries/atherosclerosis. Hdl is considered "good cholesterol" since it removes cholesterol from the walls of arteries. ...Read more

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What LDL cholesterol level is consider risk factor?

What LDL cholesterol level is consider risk factor?

Particle Question: Ldl is a lipoprotein that can be measured by cholesterol (ldl-c) or particle number (ldl-p). Because cholesterol in LDL is highly variable, ldl-c often disagrees with ldl-p. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p, not ldl-c. Ldl goals vary depending on risk. If your doctor feels you are high risk ldl-p goal is less than 1000 nmol/l. ...Read more

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What LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk factor?

What LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk factor?

LDL cholesterol : Overall, it depends on your risk factors and other illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have no or minimal risk factors and you don't smoke your LDL should be 130 or less, however if you have had a heart attack or stoke then should you should try to get your LDL to 70 or less. ...Read more

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Does the human body naturally produce small LDL particles? Why or what are the functions of small LDL cholesterols in the human body?

Does the human body naturally produce small LDL particles? Why or what are the functions of small LDL cholesterols in the human body?

LDL function.: LDL cholesterol does have a function in our bodies, so in some respects is necessary. The small dense LDL particles to which you refer, however, are more atherogenic than the other large buoyant LDL particles. Niacin supplementation can improve your LDL subtype, changing small dense LDL to large buoyant LDL. ...Read more

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What are best foods to lower LDL cholesterol? 37 year old male with 142 ldl, don't eat much beef, cheese, chocol., pork, shrimp. What else can I do?

What are best foods to lower LDL cholesterol?  37 year old male with 142 ldl, don't eat much beef, cheese, chocol., pork, shrimp.  What else can I do?

Goals: Diet has little effect on lowering cholesterol levels. Dairy products and eggs (yolk) also contain cholesterol which you might want to minimize. Depending on your risk for heart and vascular disease you may or may not need to lower your cholesterol level, based on latest guidelines. ...Read more

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How do I lower LDL cholesterol?

How do I lower  LDL cholesterol?

Lower LDL: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar!. So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%. ...Read more

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How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

How can you  lower bad LDL cholesterol?

Always diet and: Exercise is best answer, then statins. Statins have certain toxicities and unpleasantness and dosage can be reduced somewhat with the triglyceride lowering drug vascepa which also lowers LDL cholesterol. ...Read more

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How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

Eat better: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar!. So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%! ...Read more

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Could you lower LDL cholesterol four points in one week?

Lipids: The LDL lab test could vary that much by itself so a change of that little between two measurements doesn't mean much. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that will lower LDL cholesterol?|

Plant sterols/stanol: Ldl cholesterol can be lowered by consuming foods enriched with plant sterol/stannol esters (eg. Margarines benecol or promise activ). One study showed up to14% drop in LDL over 3 months. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

Low density lipoprot: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is one of the major forms of lipoproteins (combination of protein and lipids) that allow for transport of lipids and cholesterol in the body and blood. Higher levels are associated with increase in cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

Blood test: By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

YES, FAST >12 hours: To get an accurate LDL cholesterol it is best to fast at least 12 hours. Drinking water is ok and necessary. Our office also allows 'black coffee' (no cream/sugar) hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take for one to lower LDL cholesterol levels?

LDL: Usually 6 weeks by medication ; possibly longer with lifestyle modification (3-6 months). ...Read more

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