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A 24-year-old female asked:

Hi, my hubby is having high cholesterol dat is (277) how to reduce his cholesterol levels via diet nd exercise please help!

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Nutrition & exercise: Before putting most anyone on medications, we typically offer non-pharmacologic options, assuming you can tolerate risk for short period of time. Diet & exercise can get you 10-15% reduction at most via therapeutic lifestyle changes (tlc). Therefore, go to http://cvdrisk.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/calculator.Asp to calculate 10yr risk. If it's >20%, then goal LDL is less than 100mg/dl & he may need drugs.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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If your 10yr risk is <10%, then LDL goal is <160mg/dL which is more achievable w/therapeutic lifestyle changes (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf).
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Diet and Exercise: Cutting out processed foods and increasing exercise (preferably cardio) will help overall health. You should have him see his physician to monitor his levels even though he is trying to avoid medication.

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