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Old 03-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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Cholesterol

If a person has high cholesterol and are on medication for it, will diet and exercise let them come off the medication? Or once your cholesterol is high, you are always on medication? Any information will be appreciated.

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Old 03-19-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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Re: Cholesterol

Bernice,

I think there's a good chance that you could come off the medication through diet, exercise and stress control. In some (perhaps rare cases?) I believe that the liver just produces too much cholesterol. But I think the most common cause of high cholesterol is usually related to lifestyle.

If necessary, we might be able to help with ideas for lifestyle changes.


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Old 03-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #3
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Re: Cholesterol

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If a person has high cholesterol and are on medication for it, will diet and exercise let them come off the medication?
It depends. A clean diet and exercise will improve blood cholesterol numbers compared to a junk food diet and non-exercise. For some people, that may eliminate the need for medication. However, some unlucky people have (genetically determined) poor cholesterol numbers even with a very clean diet and consistent exercise habits (though their numbers are likely to be even worse with a junk food diet and non-exercise).

To lower LDL:

Avoid trans-fats from hydrogenated oil.
Avoid saturated fat.
Replace the above with unsaturated fat.
Lose excess body fat.

To raise HDL:

Increase exercise.
Avoid trans-fats from hydrogenated oil.

To lower VLDL / triglycerides:

Limit sugars, simple carbohydrates, and alcohol.
Increase exercise.
Lose excess body fat.

 
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