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How long does it take to lower your cholesterol when you radically change your eating habits. for two weeks i have given up all processed sugar and starched products. am eating a large variety of veggies and a smaller amount of fruit. also gave up all m

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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
There : There is no way to give an accurate time frame. I suggest continuing on the course you are taking then getting a lipid panel (cholesterol test) in about a month to see if you are making progress. There are many factors that influence cholesterol levels in the body, diet is just one (but an important one). Genetics also play a role but is difficult to overcome.
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Dr. Michael Shapiro
Cardiology 23 years experience
This : This is a great question. Typically, with cholesterol lowering medications, it takes at least 6 weeks to see the maximum effects. It takes quite a bit longer with changes in lifestyle, such as diet. At our lipid clinic, we wait at least 3-6 months to assess the cholesterol changes due to diet.
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