Can High Cholesterol be reversed?
I just found out that I have high cholesterol...243..with the bad cholesterol(LDL) 140...
My doctor suggested just to concentrate on healthy diet...
Do you think Cholesterol can be controled / reversed just with diet or do i need medicine?
- bada_bing2k4Lv 41 decade agoBest Answer
Of course, there are many things you can do. Here are some tips:
-Exercise and diet to lose weight. Decrease your calorie intake while maintaining daily exercise, and your cholesterol will most certainly drop accordingly. It's one of the most surefire ways.
-Lower intake of bad fats (saturated, TRANS) and up the intake of good fats (mono/poly unsaturated). STOP eating dairy products!!! Really, really limit your intake of everything dairy, including milk and cheese. And eat very, VERY little fatty meats - that means NO ground beef. A lean steak here and there won't hurt, nor will most white meats. Also try to decrease your sodium intake, and drink more water. And as far as what you CAN eat...olive oil is great, and other good oils are canola and sesame seed.
-Increase intake of flavanoids. Flavanoids have shown to be very beneficial for your heart and could aid in decreaseing bad cholesterol levels in arteries by inducing an immune response to flush them out. Items rich in flavanoids include red wine, olive oil, and dark chocolate (stick with 75% cocoa or higher).
If you follow these guidelines, your cholesterol will decrease significantly.
- Gordon CLv 41 decade ago
Lots of good advice for you in the above answers
Yes - its standard practice to start with diet first since a reasonable percentage of people will see a good reduction in cholesterol just by changing their lifestyle.
Some do need medication and it will be a matter of you returning for blood checks from time to time to see how things are going.
Read more about high cholesterol here - http://www.bloodpressurehigh.com/cholesterol-1.htm...
Hope that helps
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- men in blackLv 41 decade ago
Your cholesterol is fine-your 243 is perfectly healthy.
Exercise and eat sensibly-just take care of yourself and you'll be fine.
Our medical community and the pharmaceutical companies have manufactured a new health disorder, one that of course must be treated by drugs for the rest of your life.
Very convenient for them don't you think. It is the best scam I personally have ever seen!
Stay away from cholesterol lowering medications.
Statins are poison-cholesterol isn't the only thing in our body they suppress. Things you don't want suppressed.
The side effects are numerous and serious. While statins definitely have their place in disease treatment, for most people they are much worse for you than high cholesterol.
No studies done show they increase lifespan.
All members of the two most popular classes of lipid-lowering drugs cause CANCER in rodents, in some cases at levels of animal exposure close to those prescribed to humans. Yikes! Now go get on the treadmill.
Check out the link below.
- 1 decade ago
Diet can absolutely lower cholesterol, far more effectively and permanently than with meds. After all, if you take medication to lower cholesterol, but don't alter your lifestyle, once you go off the meds, your habits will make the cholesterol sneak back up. Definitely focus on fiber--lots of whole grains. This works wonders. Also, eat lots of fruits and veggies to gain maximum antioxidant benefits. And finally, SEVERELY LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS. Animal foods are the only sources of dietary cholesterol. Red meat, cheese, butter, and eggs are very high in it. Even chicken isn't safe. I recommend eating vegetarian most of the time and that will take care of your problem very quickly. Eat, drink, and be healthy!
- ?Lv 41 decade ago
Yes, check out the Cheerios commercial. Of course, you should speak with a dietician for a specific plan relating to cholesterol but diet alone can bring down your cholesterol.
- Ask MikeLv 41 decade ago
In many cases, adjusting your diet and exercise routine will help lower your cholesterol. You should talk to your doctor for specifics.
There are some cases in which diet and exercise may not be enough. In those situations your doctor may prescribe something. Again, ask your physician for specific ideas on how to eat better and get more exercise.
Also, remember to pay attention to your HDL as well as your LDL. HDL is your "good cholesterol" while LDL is the "bad cholesterol." Increasing your exercise can help boost your HDL.
- DaveLv 51 decade ago
Yes, Lipitor and other drugs are commonly used to correct high cholesterol. Check with your doctor.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Lipator is a drug used to treat high cholesterol. You should consult your doctor.