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57 yr male cholesterol blood test result: cholesterol 236 mg/dl . hdl 59 mg/dl ldl 140 mg/dl triglycerides 78 mg/dl 3.9 total cholesterol: hdl ratio are statins advised at these levels or could i just make changes ,diet exercise? bmi 22.9 & bp112/74?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Your cholesterol is moderately elevated but the LDL is quite high. Would employ both dietary and medication approaches to start.

Answered 5/27/2021

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Dr. Clarence Grim answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

I always recommend a trial of diet first as many can lower it by diet alone. The Ornish diet has been best tested to do this and reverse atherosclerosis. Rice diet works as well.

Answered 5/28/2021

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