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Doctor insights on: Which Types Of Lipids Must Be Listed On Food Labels

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What kind of diet is best for high lipid levels? What should be my staple food?

What kind of diet is best for high lipid levels? What should be my staple food?

Low saturated fat: Substitute animal fats with oils like olive, peanut, and canola oils. Avoid saturated fats like butter, lard, and any other animal fat. Also eat whole grains like whole wheat, oatmeal, rye, barley, quinoa, etc.

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What foods would you recommend eating a week before a lipid panel test to try to improve results?

What foods would you recommend eating a week before a lipid panel test to try to improve results?

Same as prior weeks: Getting lipid panel test results is not a game, so there is no goal of getting better numbers within a week's time. One should be eating the same type of diet for the whole month prior to the testing, so that the results will reflect reality. If one eats more healthily for one week prior to the test just to get a better score, she may get better numbers but it won't reflect her past diet.

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My blood test shows high level of lipids 265. What should I do? What food should I eat and what to avoid. Shall I take medicine....? Help plzzzz

My blood test shows high level of lipids 265. What should I do? What food should I eat and what to avoid. Shall I take medicine....? Help plzzzz

Vegetables are your: Friends. And not smothered in butter and salt. Lean meats no larger than a deck of cards or your palm. Fresh fruit is also good. Minimize yellow cheeses in favor of white cheeses. Eggs are ok but egg whites are better. This is a lifestyle so don't go to extremes by totally eliminating foods but rather each meal should be balanced and is a new opportunity to make better choices.

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Please suggest what foods should be avoided when you have high cholesterol and high lipid count?

Please suggest what foods should be avoided when you have high cholesterol and high lipid count?

Balanced diet: Weight loss (if overweight) will often lower cholesterol by up to 20% and triglycerides by up to 50%. Avoiding saturated fat (includes any fat from animals including chicken/cheese/pizza) will reduce cholesterol. Cutting back on carbohydrates in sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes will reduce triglycerides. Fruit, veggies, fish, nuts, soy, unsaturated fats are all fine.

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Will eating high cholesterol foods the night before a lipids lab test affect my results?

Will eating high cholesterol foods the night before a lipids lab test affect my results?

Minimally, if at all: Remember most of the cholesterol in your body is made by your liver. Only about 1/4 of it comes in through your diet, and if you are adequately fasting (at least 8 hours), most of the dietary cholesterol should be out of your system. Also, the total and HDL (good) cholesterols are not affected much by diet, and can be checked without fasting.

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Will drinking beer the day before lipid/blood sugar test effect the test? Or will I be good as long as I avoid all food and drink for 12 hours?

Will drinking beer the day before lipid/blood sugar test effect the test? Or will I be good as long as I avoid all food and drink for 12 hours?

Labs: alcohol can effect the triglycerides if you are a chronic drinker. Best to just be honest with your doctor about your habits so they have as much info as possible to interpret your labs and help you with your health.

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38yr old female 5' 1" 136lbs total lipid panel 236 trig 82 HDL 76 vldl 16 LDL is 144↑ I avoid fried/greasy foods & most sugar water/coffee only. Why?

38yr old female 5' 1" 136lbs total lipid panel 236 trig 82 HDL 76 vldl 16 LDL is 144↑ I avoid fried/greasy foods & most sugar water/coffee only. Why?

Lipid panel: Blame it on genetics. Unfortunately many lipid panel abnormalities are difficult to pin down as to root cause. Good dietary analysis of other foods, like protein and carbs is also in order. Sometimes simple adjustments to diet can make the difference. But pretty good HDL on this report.

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Total cholesterol 219, HDL 73, LDL 114, vldl 32, triglycerides 161. Thought I was eating good. No fried foods & not a lot of sugar. Is my lipid panel bad?

Total cholesterol 219, HDL 73, LDL 114, vldl 32, triglycerides 161. Thought I was eating good. No fried foods & not a lot of sugar. Is my lipid panel bad?

Need Particle Data: High triglyceride (tg) is often a marker for high LDL particle number (ldl-p). As tg rise ldl-p rises. However, when tg is high the amount of cholesterol carried by LDL particles goes down. This often results in "normal" LDL cholesterol (ldl-c) and low hdl-c levels despite high (ldl-p). When ldl-p is high cardiovascular risk is high independent of ldl-c, hdl-c, tg levels.

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How many main type of lipids we have and what each use for?

At least 6: Depending on their density, size and the Apo proteins they carry, they are the chylomicrons, Very low density and intermediate density lipoprotein, low density and high density lipoproteins, and triglycerides. The cholesterol rich lipids carry the building blocks to make hormones, or repair tissues while triglycerides supply the fuel for body metabolism. The HDL class takes excess chol for disposal.

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What type of lipid is androgen?

What type of lipid is androgen?

Androgen: androgen is a male hormone that has nothing to do with lipids to my knowledge based on my reviews of the literature.

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What is the source of the lipids used for a total parenteral nutrition?

What is the source of the lipids used for a total parenteral nutrition?

See below: Long-chain, medium-chain, and short-chain fatty acids and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

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