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High Cholesterol and Anorexia Nervosa

August 20, 2019


Hi, I’m Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani. Today we’re
going to talk about high cholesterol levels in individuals with anorexia nervosa. Now for reasons we don’t understand,
starvation itself causes cholesterol levels to go up. That doesn’t mean you
have high cholesterol, and it certainly doesn’t mean you need to go on medicine
for high cholesterol. It’s a sign of malnutrition, so the solution is
nutrition, not managing the cholesterol itself. What I tell my patients is, if you
have anorexia nervosa, do not let anyone check a cholesterol level on you because
if it comes back [high], well meaning, but misinformed physicians are going to start
talking to you about things that they shouldn’t, like changing your diet to
lower your cholesterol. Ultimately, recovery is the solution. For more go to
www.gaudianiclinic.com.

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