Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems.
The medical term for high blood cholesterol is lipid disorder, or hyperlipidemia.
Lipid disorders; Hyperlipoproteinemia; Hyperlipidemia; Dyslipidemia; Hypercholesterolemia
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There are many types of cholesterol. The ones talked about most are:
Total cholesterol - all the cholesterols combined
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - often called "good" cholesterol
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - often called "bad" cholesterol
For most people, abnormal cholesterol levels are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle -- most commonly, eating a diet that is high in fat . Other lifestyle factors are:
Heavy alcohol use
Lack of exercise ...
A reader recently asked if eating a significant amount of fiber can diminish the effect of Lipitor (atorvastatin) in reducing cholesterol levels. I am not aware of any negative effect of fiber on the absorption or the effects of the statins on lowering cholesterol. Statins including Lipitor can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea and interestingly, constipation as well. The mechanism is not completely understood. What I am quite aware of is the overall positive effects of fiber in improving cholesterol levels including evidence to support that fiber can enhance a statin’s effectiveness. Fiber can improve cholesterol levels in several ways. One often overlooked benefit of eating fiber is that it can easily act as a substitute for a potential damaging food . For example, we know that we should minimize the intake of trans and saturated fats . But, we still need to eat something to satisfy our hunger as well as give us our daily supply of energy. If w...
I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II in 1999. Prior to that date my blood pressure readings were averaging 147/91. In January of 2000 my doctor put me on Lipitor . Could my HBP be considered a secondary condition that is likely to be caused in part and/or aggravated by the diabetes mellitus? Multiple readers have noted that they have one combination or another of hypertension , type 2 diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol, or triglycerides , or low HDL cholesterol) and asked which came first and whether one is secondary to the other. The relationship is often complex as each can not only worsen the other but also increases the effect upon the adverse problems that can lead to heart disease. In the question that I am answering, the blood pressures were already elevated and we would at least call them " pre hypertensive " before. The reason that we use the term "pre hypertensive" is that people who run high pressure early in...
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