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A 30-year-old male asked:

once you have high cholesterols, will this condition become chronic and has to be managed lifelong? or it will change with lifestyle changes?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Cholesterol: Depends on how high your cholesterol is. A naturally oriented doctor can lower it significantly w/lab tests and perhaps good quality marine fish oil and/or red yeast rice. Diet can reduce the total about 15 -20 %. Conventional docs will provide medication. We make it in our bodies so it runs in families. Please see your doctor. Peace and good health.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: A fraction of the population will have quite high levels based on genetic factors that will be a chronic issue & difficult to manage even with all available therapies. Most with some to moderate levels can be managed with a change in lifestyle & or meds. Discuss your specific case with your doc, since the condition is not one size fits all.

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