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Your cholesterol is high. What do you eat?

Recipe filter: My partner is sad that recent blood work indicated slightly high LDL counts. My googling has brought me to some OK recipes for healthy eating, but not much that thrills either of us. What are your favorite heart healthy meals and decadent tasting snacks/desserts? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Mar 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Blood work: how do I normalize values over time between different labs?

How do I normalize similar values from multiple medical tests with different reference ranges? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Hack my cholesterol

A recent blood test found my bad cholesterol is low (or at least in the desirable range), but my good cholesterol is also low and should be higher. What's the most effective way for me to change that? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Nov 8, 2013 - 14 answers

YANMD - Predisone/Cholesterol connection...

I don't know whether my cholesterol is elevated because of my decadent lifestyle or because I'm on prednisone (or both, I suppose). Anyone with prednisone experience out there? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Aug 5, 2013 - 4 answers

how long does it to see the effects of lifestyle changes on blood lipids

BF had blood drawn for lipids panel earlier this week and the results are in: not good. Total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides are all slightly above the recommended healthy levels. Doctor recommends cutting carbs, animal fats, and adding exercise. The Serious Conversation about How We Are Going To Deal With This is coming up tonight. So in advance of that, I'd like to know: how long does it take after diet and exercise changes for blood lipids to reach their new equilibrium, i.e., how long does he need to wait to retest to see if the new lifestyle is working? [more inside]
posted by homuncula on Jun 26, 2013 - 20 answers

How to get French Press coffee without the cholesterol

My parents have decided to replace their french press due to concerns about cholesterol. Previously . I want to get them a paper filter based coffee maker that makes 4 or more cups of coffee at a time. The other constraint is that the machine has to be shorter than 14 inches so it fits under their cupboards. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Dec 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Easiest/Cheapest way to have cholesterol checked?

What's the easiest/cheapest way to have my cholesterol checked in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by quartz on Sep 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Health-focused, fat-friendly dietician, pls

Can you recommend a registered dietician in NYC (or who does Skype appointments) who focuses on health at every size instead of weight-loss and fat shaming? [more inside]
posted by AnonymousPervert on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Maybe I just can't believe that bacon is health food.

Looking for some critical, reasonably independent discussion of some of the paleo diet claims--does such a thing actually exist? Specifically with regards to cardio exercise and saturated fats/cholesterol. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on May 29, 2012 - 16 answers

I literally know nothing about beans...

I literally know nothing about beans... [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 1, 2012 - 39 answers

is eating too many eggs a problem?

36 eggs in a week. that can't be healthy. or is it? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Mar 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Does the feast before the fast matter?

Is it stupid for me to get a cholesterol blood test the Friday morning after Thanksgiving? My doctor instructed me to fast for at least 7 hours prior to the test, but I just read something else online that said I should fast for more like 14 hours, and not drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to getting the test.
posted by queensissy on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Eggy Worries! How many can I eat?

How many eggs can I eat? I'm a vegetarian on the South Beach diet. I'm healthy and have never had issues with cholesterol. What I'm wondering is, how many eggs is a reasonable number to eat? I've been doing at least one a day, often two. Is that too many? Does the vegetarianism mitigate it? I really love eggs. But I do want my blood to continue to be able to fit through my veins...help me!
posted by supercoollady on Nov 17, 2011 - 27 answers

Lost 60lbs & Fixed insulin resistance with Atkins. Will juice fasting hurt my progress??

I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Sep 21, 2011 - 21 answers

should I be worried about my cholesterol?

How much does eating vs fasting prior to the blood test affect your cholesterol reading? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on May 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Coconut water - good or evil?

Coconut water and other "cholesterol-lowering" wonder foods. How to separate out the wacko health-food claims from any legitimate ones? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Dec 17, 2010 - 21 answers

Sensible statin studies sought

I'm looking for some recent studies approachable for the common reader that compare the different cholesterol-lowering statins. [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine on Nov 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Filter my diagnosis!

Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated, and if not, what should I do about mine? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me interpret my lab results

I need help with deciding what steps to take to lower my cholesterol.. [more inside]
posted by duddes02 on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Paleo/Primal Friendly Doctors in SF Bay Area

Any Paleo/Primal eaters in SF Bay Area know of a primary care doctor that 'gets it'? [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 on Sep 24, 2010 - 8 answers

But low cholesterol is good, right?

What should I do about a reported low HDL and high LDL/HDL ratio? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking for tasty cholesterol-free protein shake

I've started lifting weights with protein supplements, and noticed most are very high in cholesterol - 10-15% DV per scoop, and you're supposed to have 6-8 a day. Can someone recommend a supplement that is cholesterol-free? [more inside]
posted by lrodman on May 24, 2010 - 18 answers

Freezeable meals for a PG lady and a high-cholesterol man

I'd like to freeze a bunch of meals for the next couple of months, as Baby TK is soon to arrive. I'm a little stymied as to WHAT to cook, though, given a couple of new diagnoses in our household. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Mar 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Practical examples of help on diet for high cholesterol, please

I have high cholesterol and have been told to make the lifestyle changes by my doc. Most of the lifestyle changes are already my lifestyle CHOICES - lots of exercise, not overweight (well BMI is 26), low salt, 5 fruit and veg portions each day. I'm looking for practical resources (not theory) - a list of foods with fat and saturated fat content and personal experiences - maybe a blog or a forum or group. More info below. Not looking for theory, got all that! [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Feb 28, 2010 - 40 answers

So one of those Egg Council creeps got to you too, huh?

Is there actually a link between eating eggs and having high choleterol? [more inside]
posted by albrecht on Feb 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Acing this test!

Me = fat guy, annual health checks = "A" grade. What gives? Actual data inside, BP, LDL, HDL, Cholesterol etc, inside... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Nov 17, 2009 - 24 answers

Will I ever eat cheese again?

I've been told I need to lower my cholesterol. Any tips? How can I find out which foods are fine and which are Sometime Foods? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 16, 2009 - 22 answers

No fat, no sugar.. now grill it!

Grill Recipes for Father's Day - The catch? Dad's diabetic and a heart patient. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 - 11 answers

What's bad about low HDL and LDL cholesterol?

I know that HDL (good cholesterol) is supposed to help lower LDL (bad cholesterol), but is it dangerous to have very low HDL levels, if your LDL is also low? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jun 16, 2009 - 8 answers

What are your favorite at-home test kits which provide a basic lipid profile (Total, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)?

What are your favorite at-home test kits which provide basic lipid profiles (Total, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Apr 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Short term Statin-use? Good Doctor near Claremont, CA?

Cholesterol / statin filter. 35yr old male. Direct LDL 192. Overall chol 275. My new doctor prescribed Lipitor 'for 3 months' to lower my cholesterol. i) Question about short term statin use. ii) Do know any good primary-care Doctors in the Claremont,CA area? I know you're not my doctor. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 4, 2009 - 14 answers

With healthcare insurance uncertain, should I get my cholesterol checked?

I just lost my job. My health insurance ends at the end of this month and then I will have the option to go on my spouse's insurance or COBRA. My question is: I have an appointment to get my cholesterol checked. Should I keep the appointment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 - 8 answers

French press coffee = more cholesterol = imminent death?!

Is it true that coffee made in a french press has more cholesterol than that made in a drip (filtered) machine? [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Feb 13, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me solve my egg problem!

Is there a way to cook liquid eggwhite so it's the same consistency as eggwhite cooked inside a hardboiled egg? Also, recipes for eggwhites? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Oct 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Oops I ate 4 hours before blood test for cholesterol, etc, now what?

So just got typical lipids, triglycerides, cholesterol test but realized afterwards I ate 3.5 hours before blood was drawn...how much will be results be off? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Oct 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me increase my "good" cholesterol

What has worked (in your personal experience) to raise your "good cholesterol" or HDL? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Should I worry about too-low cholesterol?

Should I be concerned about too low cholesterol? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 11, 2007 - 11 answers

statin static

I experience nagging muscle aches and pains in my legs and feet because of statins (lipitor, zocor, pravachol). I'm interested in hearing from others that may have experienced the same and how they dealt with the issue. [more inside]
posted by brandz on May 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Low carb, low cholesterol, low time. What to eat?

One person has high cholesterol. The other has type 2 diabetes. Both have no more than 30 minutes to cook and eat together. What do you recommend for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Mar 13, 2007 - 20 answers

1. Eat butter 2. Test cholesterol 3. ???

I'm curious as to how much cholesterol numbers can change on a daily or weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by hindmost on Nov 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Diet Tracking Software for Pocket PC

Need diet-tracking sofware for Pocket PC. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Mar 15, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I give up the fried food and still be me?

I have chosen as one of my New Year's Resolutions to cut out fried food in an effort to reduce my fat and cholesterol intake. Yeah, that's great and all, but the question is, how do I supplant that need? I'm going to have some severe heroin-like withdrawal problems. [more inside]
posted by kuperman on Jan 3, 2006 - 30 answers

Setting cholesterol level

Someone tells me if this is real! [more inside]
posted by zouhair on Oct 30, 2005 - 10 answers

Cholesterol

What's the truth about cholesterol? I'm afraid to take statins, and don't know who to believe anymore.
posted by mecran01 on Jul 13, 2004 - 10 answers

What diet should I choose if I have naturally low cholesterol?

We all know that folks with high cholesterol should avoid fatty foods. But what about those of us with freakishly low cholesterol? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on May 18, 2004 - 5 answers

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