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Follow-up to <100 cholesterol

A: Response from Dr. Pierone Hello and thanks for the follow-up. Here''s a link to the original post for our readers. Well if anyone had any doubts about the potential contribution of protease inhibitor therapy to high cholesterol, you could show them before and after numbers that should convince them. The fact that your total and LDL cholesterol are low is certainly positive, but it''s too bad though that the HDL cholesterol is low as well. Some people that have lost considerable weight will have low cholesterol, which then rebounds as the weight returns. It does not sound like this is your situation however. As long as you are tolerating this regimen and feeling well than there is really...


How can I manage my cholesterol through diet to improve my overall health?

A: Let''s cut to the chase and get right down to the heart of the matter (I''m sorry, dorky but I couldn''t resist). A person''s health is vital towards a long, happy life. And taking care of yourself through adequate nutrition is the most important thing you can do to stay in tip top shape. A heart healthy diet and an overall awareness about cholesterol in your body is a vital component as well. Regular exercise and a balanced, nutritious diet are the easiest ways to combat high cholesterol. More important than fighting off high cholesterol is making sure the ratio of HDL to LDL is on target. The LDL number is the type of cholesterol to be weary of and to keep to keep low. It''s the most...


How Old Is ''cholesterol''?

A: The steroid cholesterol is an important item within a mammal. cholesterol was realized as a compound in 1769 when it was found in gallstones. It was named in 1815. It wasn''t until the mid 50''s that improper levels of cholesterol gained momentum as a possible cause of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues. cholesterol was first discovered in 1929. It wasnt until the 1950''s however that it was discovered to have an impact on our health. cholesterol was originally discovered in the 1770s. There weren''t any real developments til the 1900s. cholesterol medicine was first approved in the US (by the FDA) in the...


Does high cholesterol contribute to migranes?

A: I''ve not seen anything in the medical literature directly linking cholesterol levels to Migraines. However, it is possible for their to be some indirect connections. For one, anything that impacts our overhealth can impact Migraines. When our health is compromised, we can be more susceptible to our Migraine triggers.   Additionally, there is some research showing that Migraine disease can increase our risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. It''s nothing to become overly concerned over, but it is good reason to work with our doctors to reduce modifiable risk factors including cholesterol levels.   Here are some links with additional information:   ...

cholesterol Concerns

A: Mike, You didn?t mention that you talked with your doctor about all of this, and this would trouble me.  If you did talk with your doctor, please ignore the following:  You should not stop a medicine without talking to your doctor.  You should certainly not change from a prescription medicine to an over-the-counter medicine without talking to your doctor. If you start having muscle pain or weakness while on a statin (Zocor, Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor, Mevacor) you should see your doctor.  There is a simple blood test that can confirm or rule out any significant (and reversible) muscle damage.  If your blood test shows that some muscle damage has occurred, you need to consult with your doctor to determine if the cause was the statin or a combination of...


How can I increase my good cholesterol?

A: For a change, we actually want to increase something in your body—your HDL levels. HDL is the ''good'' kind of cholesterol, the kind that''s carried by high-density lipoproteins. You want as high an HDL level as possible—at least greater than 40. Increasing your HDL can be done a couple of ways: -consuming healthy fats found in olive oil, fish, and walnuts (a tablespoon, 4 ounces, or 12 a day is the right amount) -walking or any physical activity for 30 minutes a day -taking a newer statin (like Lipitor or Crestor) -having a drink of alcohol every night (seven on Saturday night doesn''t count). But if you''re at risk for alcoholism or see other signs that drinking alcohol could be unwise, skip this tip....

What Do Doctors Learn From cholesterol Readings?

A: cholesterol is fat and it can be hazardous to our health, espeically when it clogs arteries, thus reducing blood flow. One type of cholesterol moves fat out of our system and to the liver where it is broken down. Thus, a total cholesterol reading is not as helpful as knowing the ratio of the so-called good to bad cholesterol Blood tests are key to determining the levels of good and bad cholesterol in the body. Multiple tests are done to determine the effectiveness of treatment(s), including diet, exercise and medication....


How to Take a cholesterol Test Right After Vigorous Exercise

A: A cholesterol test is a test performed by a doctor or medical professional to determine if your cholesterol levels are too high. Because exercising can actually cause levels to spike, it is best to skip exercising right before you go in to take your test. However, if you like to exercise every day and you want to be sure that you don''t miss a day, it is possible to workout even on the day of your test....


Alternative medicine for cholesterol?

A: Hello kimjoy85, There might be an alternative, but it''s essential that your mother consult her doctor before proceeding with the medication, which is an over-the-counter drug. A "weight reduction aid" fat blocker named "Relacore" has been found in some preliminary studies to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. It has been an incidental finding noted after persons being treated for elevated cholesterol levels used the weight reduction product. It was used in combination with cholesterol reducing medication, so it may not be useful, or as useful, to persons in your mother''s situation. That underscores the need to discuss it with her doctor. I hope this is helpful to...


I am not overweight but have high cholesterol. How much fat intake daily should I have?

A: Thanks Joan.  There are a few things you might do.  You can read at our Lifestyle Changes.   Thanks, sue...

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