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Question: Can I eat shellfish if I have high cholesterol? Answer: While the American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol, recent research shows that dietary fat is a larger factor in your body’s cholesterol levels. A diet high in saturated fat can increase your total cholesterol and LDL levels, which raises your risk of heart disease. While shellfish is not considered a low cholesterol food, it is low in total and saturated fat so it can still be part of a heart healthy diet. They key is to control your portion size and avoid using high fat cooking methods or sauces. Find delicious, low-fat recipes at FoodFit.com .
In my last two posts (see: Reduce Triglycerides Naturally & Why Take Fish Oil if You Take a Statin Drug? ) , I discussed how, in my program for reversal of heart disease, we follow what I call the "Rule of 60": LDL 60 mg/dl, HDL 60 mg/dl, triglycerides 60 mg/dl, or 60:60:60.
We achieve greater control over heart disease risk by adhering to this formula, relying on as little medication as possible.
The question to consider here is: How can you achieve HDL of 60 mg/dl or greater?
First of all, many clinical studies suggest that HDL of 60 mg/dl is associated with dramatic reduction in rate of heart attack . Several studies suggest that higher levels of HDL are associated with less carotid and coronary atherosclerotic plaque. HDL particles are also protective against infections and even cancer, and are a major player in the body's fight against inflammatory patterns. In other words, HDL has clearly established itself as a blood particle that provides powerful protective fun...
Alternative Names High-density lipoprotein test Normal Values In general, your risk for heart disease, including a heart attack, increases if your HDL cholesterol level is less than 40 mg/dL. An HDL 60 mg/dL or above helps protect against heart disease. Women tend to have higher HDL cholesterol than men. Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean Low HDL levels may be a sign that you have an increased risk for atherosclerotic heart disease . A low HDL level may also be associated with: Familial combined hyperlipidemia Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Use of certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, antipsychotics, beta blockers, corticosteroids, and protease inhibitors
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