Black coffee & blood cholesterol work!

QUESTION: Can you drink black coffee when getting cholesterol blood work?

ANSWER: Hi there,

It is very important for everyone to know what exactly he/she has to do before blood cholesterol test and not only. It is true that drinking certain beverages different cholesterol level may appear. However, the good thing is that you can drink black coffee before cholesterol test.

Important for you to know is that there are several rules, which you have to follow in purpose to avoid false cholesterol results.

1. First - you have to drink your coffee without sugar. This is very important, because the sugar is leading to an elevation of the LDL cholesterol level.

Besides this, it would be good for you to avoid drinking coffee with sugar all the time, not only before the cholesterol test.

2. Second, you should not drink your coffee with milk, because as you probably know milk is containing saturated fats.

When drinking coffee with milk, your cholesterol level will be elevated because of the consumption of these saturated fats. However, the good thing in here is that you can drink your coffee with low-fat or skimmed-milk.

I agree that the taste is different, but this milk won’t changes the results of your cholesterol tests.

3. The third thing is to avoid drinking coffee with non-dairy creamer. These creamers are containing molecules which are similar to the vegetable fats. However, although they are similar but not the same as the vegetable fats, they are able to change the concentration of LDL cholesterol in your blood.

However, if you are having cholesterol problems, my advice for you is to follow all the things mentioned above no only before the blood cholesterol tests, but every day.

This will be something very good for your body and your metabolism status.

Hope it helped!


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Can an underactive thyroid cause high ldl blood cholesterol levels?

QUESTION: The doctor told to my relative that she has underactive thyroid. She also suffer from high ldl cholesterol. Can an underactive thyroid cause high blood ldl cholesterol levels?


First of all, you have to know that underactive thyroid gland is pretty dangerous condition and it needs profound medical examination.

The hormones of the thyroid gland are two T3 and T4. These hormones regulate almost every process in the organism and because of this, the reduced secretion of these hormones may destroy the entire metabolism.

T3 and T4 regulate the intensity of the glucose, lipid and protein metabolism. When you have low amount of these hormones in your organism, condition known as hypothyroidism, the speed of the metabolic processes is low.

That means that when you are eating something, it takes a lot of time for the food to be transformed in energy. This of course, leads to increased amount of glucose, lipids and proteins in your blood.

LDL molecule transports the cholesterol and the fat acids from the liver to the cells, where they are used for energy or constructive elements.

When you have reduced amount of thyroid hormones, the LDL molecule is not able to enter in the cells. This leads to elevation of the LDL amount in the plasma.

Single LDL molecule is staying a lot of time in the blood and for that reason, it can be easily harmed by the free radicals.

These radicals cause the oxidation of the LDL molecule and it makes them sticker. This oxidized LDL molecule glues to the wall of the blood vessel and leads to the aggravation of the atherosclerosis.

The development of atherosclerosis causes the other conditions like myocardial infarction or stroke, which are pretty dangerous.

The reduced secretion of the thyroid hormones can be easily modified by taking those hormones at the form of pills. These pills turn the entire metabolism into normal condition and this leads to a reduction of the LDL cholesterol.

At the same time, this is reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis and the risk of cardio-vascular diseases.


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