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A 37-year-old male asked:

my ldl cholesterol is 232 age 37 no diabetics blood pressure 80 - 120. no family history of strokes. can i lower this ldl without tablets?

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Dr. Sarkis Barupian
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Lipid Panels: Diet, nutrition, exercise, omega 3 and other supplements are helpful. Check your HDL which is another important component of your lipid panel. Sometimes you may need a prescription.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Doubtful.: Generally, even the best diet and exercise regimen will lower your LDL no more than 25%, which will not bring you to your goal. You will likely need medications to get your number to goal.

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