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LDL cholesterol: How low can you (safely) go?
- By: Dara K. Lee Lewis, MD, Contributor
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if cholesterol comes from food then which foods should we omit from our diets..the researchers need to specify if its sugar or saturated fats…when they clear this point up, then we can become healthy again..
Animal products raise cholesterol. Meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc.
Allow me to nit-pick. “LDL is a key component of many hormones and all cell membranes”? LDL may be a vehicle for carrying cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood stream, but it is not cholesterol. Cholesterol may be a “key component,” LDL is certainly not.
To whom it may concern:
Anecdotal of course, but after an athletic life and with no risk factors for CAD this marathon runner underwent an emergency CABG at 71, five years ago.
40 mg of Crestor bought my LDL to 90 and the MD suggested Entimutab(?). When I saw the cost I decided to go 80% vegan instead. My total is now 88 and my LDL is 35. Now at 20mg and no other meds. How will it work out? Dunno. But prefer this to drugs. It’s really not that hard as I still have fish and chicken once a week.
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