High Cholesterol - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take statins for high cholesterol? ...
High Cholesterol - Making Lifestyle Changes
Eating a sensible diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, getting moderate exercise, and losing excess weight are important ways you can lower your high cholesterol level. For many people, these lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to decrease LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.If high cholesterol runs in your family, you may not be able to reduce your cholesterol level by ...
Statins for High Cholesterol
Drug details for Statins for high cholesterol.
High Triglycerides - Cause
The most common causes of high triglycerides are obesity and poorly controlled diabetes. If you are overweight and are not active, you may have high triglycerides, especially if you eat a lot of carbohydrate or sugary foods or drink a lot of alcohol. Binge drinking (of alcohol) can cause dangerous spikes in triglyceride levels that can trigger inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).Other ...
People have varying degrees of success in lowering their cholesterol by changing their diets. People who have high cholesterol because they eat too many fatty foods may be able to lower their cholesterol 10% to 20% with diet changes alone, while others m
High Cholesterol - What Happens
Either high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol may lead to the buildup of cholesterol (plaque) in artery walls. This buildup, called atherosclerosis, hardens and narrows arteries and reduces blood flow to body tissues, including the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis can lead to:Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, or irregular heartbeat ...
High Cholesterol - Symptoms
High cholesterol does not make you feel sick. It is usually found during a routine cholesterol and triglycerides test, a blood test that measures cholesterol levels. You may first discover it when you are diagnosed with a condition that is caused in part by high cholesterol, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, peripheral arterial disease, or inflammation of the pancreas.Some people ...
High Cholesterol: Healthy Food Choices - Topic Overview
Eating healthy foods might help you lower high cholesterol. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes. Try these healthy food choices to help lower your cholesterol.Meats, poultry, fish, and protein from vegetablesWhite-meat chicken and turkey (remove the skin before eating)Lean cuts of meat, like round, sirloin, and extra-lean ground beefFresh fish and shellfish (don't batter or fry)Pork leg, shoulder, and tenderloinDry beans and peasBreads, grains, rice, pastaWhole wheat bread and bagelsSoft corn tortillas, low-fat flour tortillas, and whole wheat tortillasWhole-grain crackers and soda crackersOatmeal and other high-fiber, low-sugar cerealsBrown rice and whole wheat pastaMilk, yogurt, cheese, eggsFat-free or low-fat milkFat-free or low-fat yogurt with little added sugarCheese that is low-fat or nonfatEgg substitutes and egg whitesMargarine or spread with no trans fat (usually soft or liquid
Bile Acid Sequestrants for High Cholesterol
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High Cholesterol: Effect of Food on Cholesterol - Topic Overview
Food can affect the amounts of cholesterol in your blood. Some foods raise cholesterol. Other foods help lower cholesterol.The table below lists different foods and drinks and how they affect your total cholesterol level, your HDL (good) cholesterol, and your LDL (bad) cholesterol.Effects of different foods and drinks on your cholesterolDietary elementExamplesEffect on your cholesterol levelAlcoholRed wineWhite wineBeerHard liquorModerate consumption (up to 1 drink a day for a woman; 1 or 2 a day for a man) may raise your HDL. But doctors don't recommend starting to drink alcohol to raise your HDL.More than 2 drinks a day may raise triglyceride levels in people who are overweight or who have high triglyceride levels.Heavy drinking greatly increases risk of heart and liver damage, addiction, and other serious health problems.Dietary cholesterolEgg yolksPoultry, especially skinRed meat, especially organ meatsDairy products that are not low-fat (1%) or nonfat Shellfish Raises total blood