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Home remedy for Cholesterol problems

I have just found out that my HDL cholesterol level is 29 (should be higher than 55) and my LDL level is 121 (should be lower than 100). I live in Peru, so medical care is expensive. Do any of you know of any home-remedies that I can do/take to improve these levels?
Mon, 12 Nov 2012
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Dietitian & Nutritionist 's  Response
hi reinout...HDL is good cholesterol and LDL is bad cholesterol.. you need to focus on increasing the good and reducing the bad one..since you are on borderline level it is very simple.. start with brisk walks daily for 1 hour..eat lot of fiber like fruits, almonds, walnuts, salads with lunch and dinner..avoid egg yolk and red meat.. also avoid saturated fats like butter, ghee, pastries, chips, bakery products, whole milk etc..have fish atleast 3 times/wee.. also start taking fish oil omega 3 capsules to increase HDL and reduce LDL.. with all this you will see great results.. green plenty of water, green tea and coconut water..dont stress and enjoy life..
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Akhilesh Dubey's  Response
Hi,
Welcome to HCM
Your lipid profile is low HDL level and slightly high LDL level,we should also know total cholesterol level and Triglycerides.
You have not mentioned your age and diet habits,and family history of Lipid or heart disorders.
Few life-style changes, which includes food habits, cessation of smoking, cutting down alcoholic beverages, weight control and regular exercises.
First step in the management of hyperlipidaemias. Frequent snacks and canned or commercially available precooked food (junk food) should be abandoned as they are rich in fats and cream as well as refined carbohydrates.
Alcohol supplies empty calories; its intake should be restricted to social purposes in a patient with dyslipidaemia and in others should not exceed 30 g/day.
Regular exercise burns calories and also help to raise good Cholesterol HDL.
If you take Garlic daily it help to reduce cholesterol to some exent.
Butter, ghee, hydrogenated oil, palm and coconut oil, whole milk and dairy products, meat or chicken fat, coffee whitener, cream and ice cream should be avoided.
Mustard oil, til oil, fish fat can be taken in desirable quantities.
If lipids are not controlled by life style modifications drug therapy can be taken after consultation with Physician.
Take care
good Luck.

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kazuyo's  Response
First of all cholesterol is only asociated with CHD. Cause has never been proven and association is not strong. The recent ENHANCE study showed that the act of lowering ldl on its own does not reduce/prevent atherosclerosis or coronary events Diet has very little direct effect on cholesterol levels. Dietary fats do not increase cholesterol levels directlty. 70% of your bodys cholesterol is produced by the body itself, mainly in the liver. High cholesterol may be an indicator of a health problem, but it is a symptom, not a cause. Depending on your age, high cholesterol levels can be an indicator of longevity, particularly 60 plus. For more info on cholesterol check out http://cholesterolwise.bravehost.com/
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see hdl rises if u follow taking good fats --no refined foods & oils , avoid butter . stop smoke ---it decreases hdl severely & check your bp --- take medicine for it if needed ,,, go for a regular exercise program --- esp aerobics ---- exercise increases hdl to a remarkable extent ......u can take tab rosuvastatin 10 + fenofibrate 160 mg daily ..as a medication after consultation You can contact me at: luxman02@gmail.com with all your details including medicines .your test reports, your other illnesses ,how regular with treatment.
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