When you get a diagnosis of elevated cholesterol, it seems natural to focus on limiting bad fats, saturated and trans fats in the diet. However, sugary foods and alcohol also contribute to higher cholesterol. Excess calories from sugar and alcohol are turned into cholesterol and triglycerides that contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.

Reducing fats and exercised won’t make up for high sugar levels. Cholesterol levels comprise different fractions, but it’s the entire lipid profile that include HDL, LDL and triglycerides and have those levels explained by your health practitioner. If you have been prescribed a statin by your doctor, understand how it works and seek a realistic explanation of the risks versus benefits in your particular case.

CoEnzyme Q10 offsets the muscle aches often caused by statin therapy, and should be taken regularly. All fats aren’t necessarily bad, so enjoy olive oil in salad dressings, avocado, nuts and fatty fish as often as you can. Know your numbers, and record them in your wallet or i-phone.

Some numbers like your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and pulse rate are important. Don’t be fooled into banning the wrong foods. Eggs and regular dairy are cardio-protective and won’t contribute to cardiovascular disease. Grapefruit juice can interact with a statin medication, so if you start your day with grapefruit, then take your medication at lunchtime.

Questions:

  • Is a statin the only medical way to reduce cholesterol?
  • Is the use of a statin been verified by research in aspects of actually reducing risk?
  • Do I have to stop grapefruit completely?
  • Does regular dairy raise cholesterol levels?

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