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  1. 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

  2. High Triglycerides - Symptoms

    High triglycerides by themselves do not cause symptoms. If your high triglycerides are caused by a genetic condition, you may have visible fatty deposits under the skin called xanthomas. In rare cases, people who have very high triglyceride levels may develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can cause sudden, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and ...

  3. High Cholesterol: Making Lifestyle Changes

    Not all cholesterol is bad. HDL is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep "bad" LDL cholesterol from building up in your arteries. High levels of HDL (60 or above) can help protect you from heart attack and stroke. You can raise your HDL levels by: Eating a balanced diet. Getting active. Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Taking certain medicines. What is HDL? Why should you raise ...

  4. High Triglycerides - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Walking for wellnessInteractive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more. Heart disease risk calculator ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. Topic Overview

    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

  8. Lipid Panel - Topic Overview

    A lipid panel is a blood test that measures lipids-fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy in your body. Lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides, high - density lipoprotein (HDL), and low - density lipoprotein (LDL). This panel measures the levels of:Total cholesterol.Triglycerides.High - density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.Low - density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.Very - low -

  9. Topic Overview

    What is high cholesterol?Cholesterol is a type of fat. Your body needs it for many things, such as making new cells. But too much cholesterol in your blood increases your chances of having a heart attack and stroke. You get cholesterol from the foods you eat and from your liver. Your liver makes most of the cholesterol your body needs.Desirable cholesterol is less than 200 milligrams per ...

  10. High Cholesterol - What Increases Your Risk

    Some things that increase your risk for high cholesterol are within your control; some are not. It is important to lower your risk as much as possible. Things you can control include:Eating a high - saturated - fat, high - cholesterol diet, which may raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.Being overweight, which lowers HDL and may raise LDL.Not getting enough regular physical activity, wh

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Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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