Patient discussion about anticholesteremic

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Q. Does wight loss lowers cholesterol?

I'm 5'5, 175 lbs, 40 years-old man. After my doctor found that I have high LDL cholesterol, I was advised to try to lower my weight in order to reduce my cholesterol levels. Otherwise I'll have to start taking medications. Can it really do something? As far as I know, cholesterol level are pretty much a genetic thing, and one can be very thin but still have high cholesterol levels.
A1One of the best things you should do is to take a good multivitamin multimineral supplement. And of course, changing your lifestyle. Supplementing your diet with vitamins can help you reduce your LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL. Also, increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, but make sure that you know the source they are from before taking them.
A2Your doctor isn't totally wrong. Cholesterol levels, as many other things are influenced both by genetic and non-genetic (e.g. diet, physical exercise) factors. Changing your life style (mainly changing your diet and starting regular daily exercise) can lower your cholesterol level, and if it's not too high to save you from the need to take meds, at least currently.

Your genetics does influence your cholesterol, but it's not a pre-determined thing.

Q. Can omega-3 make my cholesterol lower?

My doctor told me that I have too much cholesterol in my blood, and that it can cause heart attack or stroke, but if I keep it low than my risk will be lower. He told me that because it’s not that high level I can try to change my diet before I have to start taking medication. I heard that omega-3 can make my cholesterol level low. Is that true? Do I have to take it in pills? Is it safe?
A1You can consume omega-3 either as pills or in fish oil, fatty fish (such as salmon) and vegetarian food such as flaxseed and flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and nuts.
A2Omega-3 is generally safe, although in high doses it can cause nausea, belching, diarrhea, fishy aftertaste etc.
A3No one ever proved omega-3 can make your cholesterol level lower, but in some researches it made people have fewer strokes and sudden death.

Q. Are there any herbal plants to lower bad cholesterol? I want some advice.

My son has high bad cholesterol. I am not comfortable in giving him meds but keen in knowing about herbal meds. Are there any herbal plants to lower bad cholesterol? I want some advice.
A1You can also give him the waxy grains of lecithin to be found at a good health food store. You can add this to his oatmeal or place in unsweetened, organic applesauce. Taking it even further and good for you too, try having 3 tablespoons or ground organic flaxseeds in your oatmeal every day! It will add essential fatty acids to your diet and help to keep your colon clean. You can grind the seeds in a coffe grinder! Keep the flax seeds in the freezer or fridge to preserve its goodness
A2There are so many ways to reduce the level of bad cholesterol. Garlic is your best choice. Make sure to take in a lot of fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink fresh juices, especially carrot, celery, and beet juices.
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