How to Avoid FH Rabbit Holes and Dig the Truth

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Carrots! Must eat more carrots! Take THAT FH!
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Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH),  a genetic disorder associated with extremely high levels of LDL cholesterol, can be frightening. Many people are diagnosed in infancy, and it’s not uncommon for even children with FH to develop cardiovascular diseases that can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

According to the FH Foundation, this rare condition affects approximately 1.3 million Americans.

But about 90% of people living with FH don’t even know they have it—and they have a 50% chance of passing it on to their children.

While it’s true that following a proper diet and getting regular exercise can play a role in helping people lead a healthier life (with or without FH), FH requires treatment prescribed by a medical professional to help significantly lower cholesterol. Crunching on carrots just isn’t enough–especially when vegetables don’t seem to provide the nutrients they used to.

Not long ago, I came across an article about how farmers are trying to solve the mystery of missing micronutrients in plants, and while it’s interesting, this is just another long, dark rabbit hole to avoid. Don’t get caught up in thinking that if you just eat a healthy diet, or switch to organic, that it will significantly lower your LDL cholesterol.

I repeat: Yes, eating a healthy diet and exercising can help, but it’s vitally important for people living with FH to work with their healthcare team to discuss treatment options.

Whatever you do…

Steer away from quacks!

i just play one on TV
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 Just say no to health freaks and geeks!

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Don’t be this guy. Source: reddit.com

 Remember that no matter how much you exercise, it won’t do the trick…

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And while it’s true that, “Mother knows best…”

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Educate your own sweet self and talk to your doctor about the treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Don’t be afraid to change doctors, either!
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Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone has a BA in psychology and is dedicated to improving the lives of others living with chronic illnesses.

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