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Posted by: Seraline | 2011/07/22

Cholesterol

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Can stress affect your cholesterol levels?

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Dear Seraline
Some research results do suggest that certain patients do react to stress with increased cholesterol levels, esp in the long-term, but that not all people have increased cholesterol due to stress. So if you are exposed to severe stress and are an individual who reacts with raised cholesterol (a so-called 'cholesterol responder') then it is possible that the stress is in part responsible for your increased cholesterol levels. If you suspect that this may be the case, then please consult a clinical psychologist to help you learn coping techniques so that you can control your reaction to stress. But keep in mind that genetic factors and dietary factors may also be responsible or contributing to the problem.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/07/23

Dear Seraline
Some research results do suggest that certain patients do react to stress with increased cholesterol levels, esp in the long-term, but that not all people have increased cholesterol due to stress. So if you are exposed to severe stress and are an individual who reacts with raised cholesterol (a so-called 'cholesterol responder') then it is possible that the stress is in part responsible for your increased cholesterol levels. If you suspect that this may be the case, then please consult a clinical psychologist to help you learn coping techniques so that you can control your reaction to stress. But keep in mind that genetic factors and dietary factors may also be responsible or contributing to the problem.
Best regards
DietDoc

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