Question: I just found out my cholesterol is high and I should watch what I eat. I'm so confused!! I don't eat fried foods. I use olive oil. I take the skin off of chicken. I eat a red meat maybe once a week. I eat alot of fish/salmon. I try to walk alot. I'm not a couch potato. I'm not overweight. (I do have a little extra around my stomach) My cholesterol was high one year ago too. I've made an appt with my doctor, but she is probably going to tell me to watch what I eat again!!!! Suggestions?? Reply: Dear reader, I’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with maintaining good cholesterol levels despite eating what sounds like a good heart healthy diet. But I am glad that you are taking your cholesterol level seriously and have been following it over the past year. The first thing I would suggest is to more closely examine your cholesterol profile including the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides . Remember that total ch...
Okay, you've just found out you have high cholesterol. Now what? Well, you need to know the breakdown of your "lipid panel" in order to decide what changes will be most effective.
The lipid panel includes:
HDL (good) cholesterol
LDL (bad) cholesterol
Triglycerides (or VLDL cholesterol)
Here's the first step to take depending on which number is elevated:
If LDL cholesterol is elevated, reduce saturated and trans fat intake.
If triglycerides are elevated, cut back on sugar and alcohol in your diet.
If HDL cholesterol is low, increase your physical activity.
Alternative Names Triacylglycerol test Normal Values Normal : Less than 150 mg/dL Borderline High : 150 - 199 mg/dL High : 200 - 499 mg/dL Very High : 500 mg/dL or above What abnormal results mean High triglyceride levels may be due to: Cirrhosis Diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates Familial hyperlipoproteinemia (rare) Hypothyroidism Nephrotic syndrome Pancreatitis Poorly controlled diabetes Low triglyceride levels may be due to: Low fat diet Hyperthyroidism Malabsorption syndrome Malnutrition Additional conditions under which the test may be performed: Chylomicronemia syndrome Hyperlipidemia; acquired Familial combined hyperlipidemia Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia Familial hypertriglyceridemia Familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Stroke secondary to atherosclerosis
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