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Can consumption of butter influence cholesterol levels in blood?

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Posted on Wed, 25 Nov 2015
Question: I a 63 year old female and I went to the Dr. I am having trouble seeing out of my right eye. I was just in the eye Dr's office 5 months ago and my vision has changed drastically in the right eye. He found nothing wrong so he referred me to a medical Dr. She found alot to be concerned about! ! My GFR is 49, triglecride level is 388!! And cholesterol also off the charts, She told me to start drinking Smart water and is doing a full battery of tests because I have had 6 concussions in the past, I have purchased a sitncyclce to increase my exercise program, my questions are: is the situation with my kidneys reversible? And what is the better for me butter or margarine? Also what are the carbs I really need to stay away from? Oh yes I almost forgot I have always weighed no more than 120 and in the 11 months I have gained up to 160!!! Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Don't worry, it is not serious but take care to retain the kidney function

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for your query.
I understand your concern.
Was the GFR calculated from your blood creatinine or did you do a 24 hour urine collection and it was done on that? If it is by calculation from your serum creatinine it is not as accurate as a 24 hour urine collection.
First of all the cause of low GFR is to be determined. It is important to control your blood pressure and your cholesterol values as these can delay the progression. Also you should check for diabetes and urinary infection if these have not been checked already.
Because your cholesterol is high, it is better to avoid butter. Margarine is better for you.
You should restrict all refined carbs as much as possible and should try to reduce the portions so that your total calorie intake decreases. Fats and oils are very rich in calories. This together with exercise would help you lose weight.
Also check for conditions like hypothyroidism or water retention which lead to weight gain.
Take care,

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Can consumption of butter influence cholesterol levels in blood?

Brief Answer: Don't worry, it is not serious but take care to retain the kidney function Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for your query. I understand your concern. Was the GFR calculated from your blood creatinine or did you do a 24 hour urine collection and it was done on that? If it is by calculation from your serum creatinine it is not as accurate as a 24 hour urine collection. First of all the cause of low GFR is to be determined. It is important to control your blood pressure and your cholesterol values as these can delay the progression. Also you should check for diabetes and urinary infection if these have not been checked already. Because your cholesterol is high, it is better to avoid butter. Margarine is better for you. You should restrict all refined carbs as much as possible and should try to reduce the portions so that your total calorie intake decreases. Fats and oils are very rich in calories. This together with exercise would help you lose weight. Also check for conditions like hypothyroidism or water retention which lead to weight gain. Take care,