My good cholesterol is 94, will this high number prevent other diseases such as cancer or heart disease?

It helps. Having a high HDL is good, and is a positive factor in the risk calculations that doctors use to guide them in choosing the appropriate therapeutic recommendations for you. However, a high HDL by itself will not prevent cancer or heart disease.

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Just watched "forks over knives." will going vegan prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc? Sounds too good to be true -- is it accurate?

Too good to be true. Many illnesses mentioned may be helped but not prevented with a vegan diet. Genetics and environmental issues may also play roles in the development of many illnesses. Living an active life, exercising regularly, controlling your weight and having a healthy family history will pay more dividends than simply pursuing a vegan diet. Read more...
Probably true. This documentary does have its own agenda as well but most studies suggest that a healthier, balanced diet is likely to reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc. If you properly watch your diet (even without being a vegan), you will likely reduce your health risks. Alternatively, there are vegans who over-eat and hence suffer from obesity (although rare). Consult your pcp please. Read more...

How do antioxidants prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

Maybe. For macular degeneration - free radicals appear to play a significant role. There is currently a prevention arm of the areds which is looking at supplements in preventing the progression of macular degeneration. It's often better to eat a good diet, exercise and reduce other risk factors than take supplements. Oh yes, please don't smoke! Read more...
Oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress can cause changes in cells and become cancerous. So logic would say, antioxidants would prevent cancer.But unfortunately studies to this day have yet to prove antioxidants do anything to prevent cancer. This needs to be investigated further. Read more...

What are the means by which antioxidants prevent of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

Do they? Re: cancer -- pre-clinical evidence supported supplements such as anti-oxidants as "chemo-preventive" interventions to decrease the risk of cancer. However, the test tube (in vitro) predictions did not work in humans (in vivo) in a number of studies including vit e, beta carotene in lung cancer, various supplements in head/neck cancer & selenium in lung/prostate. Humans are complicated. Read more...
They don't. There's a whole lot of conspiracy-mongering going around these days that somehow the pharmaceutical and health care industries are suppressing some "magic bullets" that can prevent all of these diseases. If this were true, i don't know a doctor who wouldn't immediately shout it from the roof-top and get all of their patients on the stuff. Read more...

I eat many cholesterol-filled foods and am afraid of heart disease due to family history. How to prevent this?

Check. First check your cholesterol levels. Depending on levels you may or may not need treatment with medications. With a family history of heart disease, it would be best to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, and be on a heart healthy diet. Read more...

My paternal family has history of cancer & heart disease, from both sides. What can I do best to prevent? I'm very similar to my father physically

Prevention. Learn what specific type of cancers your family runs and what heart disease(s). Check on line for what specific steps you can take regarding diet, exercise and perhaps other steps. In general exercising regularly, not smoking, mediterranean diet are all good basic steps. Read more...

Is dietary fat advice for cancer prevention similar to heart disease prevention?

Pretty much. The link isn't direct in either case, so "eat healthy" is the general advice. Shoot for the "mediterranean diet" or an asian menu and you'll be fine. Read more...

Dietary fat advice for cancer prevention is similar to heart disease prevention. So why don't people follow it?

Fat tastes good. It's hard to eliminate fat from your diet, we are all hard wired to like the taste of it. Mmmmmm...Donuts. Read more...
Habit. Habits sometimes can be hard to break and hard to establish. This is why it is important to establish healthy habits early in life. One of the best things we can do for young people is to set a good example, so they can have life-long healthy habits. Read more...
Denial. Many people don't think they will be the one to get cancer even though 1 out of 2 men do, as do 1 out of 3 women. Patients are also confused if they can even prevent cancer and if there is a definitive link between cancer and diet. No study has ever shown an absolute connection. Even though smoking can cause lung cancer, not every smokers gets it. Therefore, people stay in denial about the risks. Read more...

I am a healthy, fit, 47 year-old man with high cholesterol, good family history for heart disease, bad for diabetes. Should I take a statin?

Depends. What are your breakdown of your cholesterol numbers such as your ldl, hdl, and triglycerides? You want to always start with a low fat diet and exercise as treatment. If not successful, depending on your lipid profile, there are alternative treatments such as fish oils at high doses, niacin, fiber, red yeast, etc, but these depend on your numbers. If not successful, then consider statin. Read more...
Not first. Stain treatment is not the only choice, you have good family history for heart disase but bad for diabetes, the firs thing for the high cholesterol is the a balanced diet and regular exercise. Statin have a bad effect on the metabolism of blood sugar. Read more...

What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

Most. Remember heart disease is far & away #1 killer of men & women in U.S. So it's prevalent. This increases as we age ...The question is how severe does it become. Read more...
Depends. Dear jaguar, this is a great question. It all comes down to how many other risk factors someone has for heart disease, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, obesity (the modifiable risk factors), and age and male gender (unmodifiable risk factors). The more risk factors someone has, the higher their risk of heart disease; high cholesterol is one component of comprehensive risk assessment. Read more...