Patient discussion about High density lipoprotein
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Q. what are the sources for high density lipoprotein?
I have heard that high density lipoprotein is good for heart. What differences does it make in heart’s health and what are the sources for high density lipoprotein?
|A||Hi Liam, it is very important that we have high density lipoprotein (HDL) in our body. The fact is that the HDL is formed inside the body. They are known as good cholesterol as they are famous for their protection for heart against the heart diseases. It has been found that Vitamin B3 or Niacin consumption increases the count of HDL. It’s good to cut on the diet having more of saturated fats and oils, which increases the chances of heart attack.|
Q. How can I increase my HDL cholesterol levels?
My Doctor told me that my cholesterol levels are not good and that I should lower my LDL and higher my HDL. I understand how to lower the cholesterol, but how can I increase the HDL?
|A1||a good way is to eat boiled fish, and instead of regular oil, add olive oil to your salad.|
|A2||Actually they are inter related and interdependent. One can hardly raise HDL independently.|
The best benefit that I got from reduceing food intake that helps you acquire fat.
1) Decided to fast on meats. Since Jan have been on veg diet.
2) Restricted Tea with milk to 3 cups a day max.
3) Substitued green salad to 10% of my food intake.
4) Reduced by quantity of food for each meal (3times a day) by 20%
5) Began having snacks at mid morning (11 am) and early evening 4pm).
6) Never miss breakfast, while making it the biggest meal of the day.
7) Fill 3 one liter bottle of water for consumption before I leave home to work, before I leave work, before I got to bed.
8) Began scaling up my physical activity a) began by praying while walking for 15 mins (2kms) to 80 mins(8kms) in 6 months time. Just began on "Yoga" for the last 2 days.
Rest in next if you are interested.
|A3||: In order to increase your HDL levels you should exercise and loose weight. Also change your diet to a healthy diet. Cranberry juice has been shown to increase HDL levels. Fish and other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can also increase HDL levels. In postmenopausal women (but not, apparently, in men or pre-menopausal women) calcium supplementation can increase HDL levels.|
Q. Improving High Triglycerides
I take Tricor for high triglyceride levels; I have a healthy level of total cholesterol, with low LDL, very good HDL. I am now being treated for hypothyroidism, but my doctor says that it's also genetic (I had almost the exact same level number as my brother). How can I work to get my triglycerides under control?
|A||High level of triglycerides are generally both genetic and diet related. If you are consuming a high fat containing diet then your level of triglycerides will be increased. On the other hand, regardless of your good cholesterol levels, if you start lowering the amount of fat in your food (less oil, less sweets, less red meat) and combine it with physical activity you can lower your triglycerides level, especially if you are already on medications.|
Q. Which cholesterol is the bad cholesterol and what level is considered high cholesterol?
I keep on hearing about cholesterol and how it is bad for you though I understand that there are two kinds of cholesterol and that only one of them is bad, which is it? Also, what level is considered high cholesterol?
|A1||Cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol. These two types of lipids, along with triglycerides and Lp(a) cholesterol, make up your total cholesterol count, which can be determined through a blood test. If your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or greater, or if your HDL is less than 40 mg/dL, then you will probably need treatment.|
|A2||I saw a movie on youtube which explains about cholesterol, its two kinds and which level is high: |
Q. How to lower high cholesterol?
The Doctor told my husband that his cholesterol levels are very high and that he has to lower them immediately. What foods are low in cholesterol and what foods should I be cooking for him to eat?
|A1||Any treatment of high cholesterol first begins with some lifestyle changes. This involves three simple, yet often difficult to execute, steps: improved diet, increased physical activity, and weight management.|
Make sure your Husband is eating unsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats, avoiding cholesterol, increasing dietary fiber, and consuming more plant sterols/stanols. Increase his vegetables and whole grains intake, but decrease the fat, salt and sugar intakes.
Also, it will be easier for him to stick to his diet if the whole family changes their eating habits and eats healthier too. Start cooking healthy meals for the whole family and not just for him.
|A2||Here is a link to the American Heart Association which has useful tips for cooking for lower cholesterol:|
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