Monday, June 24, 2013

When does cholesterol synthesis occurs during the night, or whenever one goes to sleeps?

Q. -Statins are suggested to be taken at night when cholesterol synthesis occurs most. But does this process occurs during the daytime as well, when certain individuals goes to sleep (such as those with overnight working schedules), or does synthesis occur when there is very little or no sunlight present?

A. Where do I ask a question?

How many mg of cholesterol can you have per day if you have high cholesterol?
Q. Some websites say 300 mg and some say 200 mg. Which one is correct?

This is for people with a high cholesterol level btw.

A. I checked too, and i read that if your cholesterol is 5,2 - 6,5 mmol/l then you can have 300 mg per day
If the cholesterol is 6,5 - 7,8 mmol/l then you can have 200mg per day.
if the cholesterol is up to 7,8 mmol/l then you can have 150 mg / day

I hope it helps!

How can my cholesterol be very high if I eat a vegan diet?
Q. I just found out that my cholesterol is in the highest category, including the LDL cholesterol. I am 25 years old, a normal weight, and I have been a vegetarian (but very close to a vegan) for most of my life. I am very upset and confused. Does anyone know why this might be happening?

A. Well dietary factors can include eggs are a source of cholesterol, I think so does milk and dairy products. But even so in vegan diet some cereals (including sugars), oils and seeds contain more than trace amounts of cholesterol, though may have very little effect. Then again as suggested there could be a metabolic problem here, one of which is diabetes.

Cholesterol is generated directly from the food sources but can be synthesized in the "endoplasmic reticulum" ... this is a homeostatic approach to keep the cholesterol level balanced and to avoid dangerously low levels of cholesterol (hypocholesterolemia).

So (in theory) sustained periods of undernourishment may have tricked your body into producing high levels of cholesterol, and these may have remained when you return to a proper routine of eating which is why a balance diet is not about limiting intakes of certain foods but keeping nutrients in regular balance.

"Genes" is too simplistic an excuse, there are environmental factors such as stress and hormones to factor in too. There are plenty of medical arguments to causes and solutions, you may have to have a conversation with your doctor to see what's right for you.

I would (personally) also seek to check if the monitor was calibrated properly or get retested to see if you have returned to normal.

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