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Ask Dr. Gott 6/1

Any time is good for vitamins

DEAR DR. GOTT: Is there a way to avoid that queasy feeling in the stomach after taking vitamins? I take my vitamins in the morning with a light breakfast. I can't handle dairy well, so it's usually a granola or breakfast bar. Can vitamins be taken later in the day, say, at supper, when food intake is a little more substantial?
    DEAR READER: Vitamins can be taken at any time of day, with or without food. Perhaps a change in your dosing schedule will help you to avoid stomach upset.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Vitamins and Minerals."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I've been thinking about ordering your no-flour, no-sugar diet book, but I'm allergic to wheat, chocolate, dairy, peanuts, soy and eggs, so I wondered whether your recipes meet my needs. I should also tell you the only spices I seem to be able to use are salt and pepper.
    DEAR READER: Your multiple allergies should not interfere significantly with the no-flour, no-sugar diet. Because of your allergies, you are already following a variation on it. To help you eat more healthful foods, I am sending you a copy of my new book "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet." Readers who would like to purchase the book can do so from most bookstores or online at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 36-year-old male who maintains a healthy lifestyle by eating low-fat, high-protein foods and exercising regularly, which includes running on a treadmill and lifting weights. After two years with a particular life-insurance company, I decided to apply to a different company because of lower rates. After completing the physical, it was discovered that my cholesterol was extremely low (96 with an LDL of 43 and a HDL of 31). A subsequent blood test indicated a level of 101 with an LDL of 60 and a HDL of 38. Everything else was normal. For what it is worth, I eat 1 cup of oatmeal and 2 cups of Cheerios daily. My doctor recommended increasing my vitamin C, D and E intake and also scheduled a cardio CT angiogram in addition to further blood tests. I was wondering what your opinion is on this matter.
    DEAR READER: I am confused by your doctor's recommendation in the face of a low cholesterol level that I am certain reflects your healthful lifestyle. If you have no signs or symptoms of heart disease, I see no reason for you to have more testing — other than a cholesterol check every four or five years.

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