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Q. & A. with Dr. Kiskila- This Month’s Topic: Cholesterol

 

Board Certification: Family Practice

Board Certification: Family Practice

This Month’s Topic- Cholesterol

Question:  Dr. Kiskila, my cholesterol levels are elevated, yet I am a pretty healthy eater and I also exercise.  How does this happen?

Answer: Family history and age can play a role in elevated cholesterol. Not everyone with elevated cholesterol levels need to take medications. Your doctor can recommend if elevated cholesterol levels are of concern based on your age, family history and other risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking history, and medical history, such as heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

Question:  How can I lower my cholesterol without medication?

Answer: Being more active and losing weight if you are overweight.

Question:  What are good foods to lower cholesterol?

Answer: Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids or good fats may help lower some types of bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Good fats are the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (mostly fish oils and vegetable fats). Fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables seem to lower cholesterol.

Question:  What foods should I avoid?

Answer: Avoid red meat and other foods that are high in saturated fat like butter, cheese, and fried foods.

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