High Cholesterol

How can I lower my cholesterol?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
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    The cholesterol to watch for heart disease is your LDL cholesterol. Learn ways to lower your cholesterol in this video with Dr. Oz.

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    There are three ways you can lower your lousy cholesterol: food choices, lifestyle choices, and medications.

    There are 5 foods that can lower your cholesterol.

    1.     Oatmeal, oat bran, and high-fiber foods, including kidney beans, apples, pears, barley, and prunes. Soluble fiber reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Young Dr. Oz and I both use psyllium fiber in our morning drinks.

    2.     The omega-3 fatty acid DHA found in fish oil and where the fish get it: algae. Supplements from algae reduce your LDL cholesterol and your triglycerides and increase your healthy HDL cholesterol--a triple benefit.

    3.     Walnuts, almonds, and other nuts. These are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids; walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy. All nuts are high in calories, so only a handful a day is recommended.

    4.     Avoid the five Food Felons--saturated or four-legged animal fat, trans fats, added sugar, syrups, and any grain but 100% whole grains.

    5.     Foods rich in niacin and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) decrease LDL cholesterol.

    A key is smaller portions and fewer calories.

    So make those changes in diet and a few lifestyle changes like exercise on most days of the week.

    Some people can only be helped with medication.
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  • Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to heart disease and stroke — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Even though there’s much you can do to lower your cholesterol levels and protect yourself, half of American adults still have levels that are too high (over 200 mg/dL).

    You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthful foods, losing weight if you need to and being physically active. Some people also need to take medicine because changing their diet isn’t enough. Your doctor and nurses will help you set up a plan for reducing your cholesterol — and keeping yourself healthy!

    Most heart and blood vessel disease is caused by a buildup of cholesterol, plaque and other fatty deposits in artery walls. The arteries that feed the heart can become so clogged that the blood flow is reduced, causing chest pain. If a blood clot forms and blocks the artery, a heart attack can occur. Similarly, if a blood clot blocks an artery leading to or in the brain, a stroke results.


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  • AMarcus J. Cox, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System
    Cholesterol levels can be managed by diet, exercise, and by medical management. It is also important to avoid saturated fats. Eating more fiber, fruits, vegetables as well as incorporating fish oil supplements can be very effective in reducing cholesterol. Moderate consumption of alcohol and quitting smoking also has positive effects on cholesterol numbers.

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  • ADominique Adair, Fitness, answered
    Diseases of the heart and vascular system remain the major cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world.  The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends for optimal outcome that total cholesterol not exceed 200mg/dL; LDL (“bad”) cholesterol not exceed 100mg/dL; and HDL (“good”) cholesterol be equal to or greater than 60mg/dL.  However, there are many other contributions to the development of heart disease including smoking, weight, gender, health history and family healthy history.  To lower your "bad" cholesterol, it is important to limit saturated fats which come mostly from animal sources, and trans-fats (hydrogenated) fats, which are produced by the food industry.  Both of these fats can be found on the food label.  It is also important to eat fish, flax seeds, nuts, and tofu several times a week (or take an Omega-3 supplement), and eat foods high in fiber including whole grains like oatmeal, as well as whole fruits and vegetables.  Regular, moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise may also help raise your HDL (good) cholesterol. 

    Stay tuned for news of more advanced testing which can further assess heart disease risk.  Half of the patients with coronary artery disease in the United States have blood cholesterol levels similar to those people who have not developed the disease.
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  • AJoel Harper - Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
    1-My favorite is using olive oil 2-Increase the your intake of omega-3 fatty acids-I love salmon and sardines 3-high fiber foods-my favorite is oatmeal with a banana, cinnamon and raisins 4-eat nuts-I soak my almonds in a jigger in the fridge, so I always see them and it breaks them down, pistachios, walnuts and pecans to name a few.
  • AAshley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Clear scientific data shows that lowering cholesterol and maintaining appropriate cholesterol levels begins with a healthy diet (with a good balance of omega 3:omega 6 fatty acids; a reduction of sugar; an increase in vegetables and legumes; and an avoidance of chemicals), may layer on dietary supplements, and even may require a medication. It includes looking at your digestive system -- is your food getting where it should and is waste being eliminated regularly? And finally, it takes sleep, relaxation, activity and behavior modifications.
  • ADean Karalis, MD, Cholesterol Management, answered on behalf of National Lipid Association
    In patients at risk for heart disease, lowering high cholesterol can prevent cardiovascular disease and improve outcomes.  High cholesterol can be lowered with diet and exercise or with medication.  Your physician may decide to put you on medication to lower your cholesterol if your cholesterol does not fall into the desired range with lifestyle changes alone.  However, even if you require medication to lower your cholesterol it is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise to reduce you overall risk of heart disease.      
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