• daphne daphne
    January 08, 2009
    How much wine/liqour can you drink if you take a pill for lowering cholesterol?
    daphne daphne
    January 08, 2009

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 12, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 12, 2009

    Hi Daphne,

     

    It's best to discuss your alcohol intake with your MD to determine if there are side effects related to your specific medication. Here are some general guidelines:

     

    If you have elevated triglycerides (>150 mg/dl), limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day. One drink equals 12 ounces beer, 4 oz wine, or 1 ½ ounces liquor. If your triglyceride level is high risk (great than 500 mg/dl) I recommend NO alcohol.

     

    If triglycerides are not an issue alcohol may be beneficial in raisign HDL levels. I'm not a big advocate of using alcohol to raise HDL, but if you already consume alcohol, 1-2 drinks per day can raise levels. More than 1-2 drinks per day will increase your health problems. Red wine is a good choice.

     

    All the best,

     

    Lisa Nelson, RD
    Diet to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

     


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