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i am a healthy, fit, 47 year-old man with high cholesterol, good family history for heart disease, bad for diabetes. should i take a statin?

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: What are your breakdown of your cholesterol numbers such as your ldl, hdl, and triglycerides? You want to always start with a low fat diet and exercise as treatment. If not successful, depending on your lipid profile, there are alternative treatments such as fish oils at high doses, niacin, fiber, red yeast, etc, but these depend on your numbers. If not successful, then consider statin.
Dr. Yu Sun
Dr. Yu Sun answered
Cardiology 15 years experience
Not first: Stain treatment is not the only choice, you have good family history for heart disase but bad for diabetes, the firs thing for the high cholesterol is the a balanced diet and regular exercise. Statin have a bad effect on the metabolism of blood sugar.

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