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Doctor insights on: Why Do We Need Cholesterol

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How often do I need my cholesterol checked?

How often do I need my cholesterol checked?

It depends:: If you at increased risk of coronary artery disease possibly every 5 years or less. If not at risk: perhaps every 10 years. *For risk factors see comments box below. Inflammation in the arteries is a key contributor to developing coronary heart disease. There is little evidence that treating elevated cholesterol with medication is beneficial if you have no history of heart disease. ...Read more

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When do you need medicine for cholesterol ?

When do you need medicine for cholesterol ?

Controversial: Many docs feel anyone with high cholesterol should take steps to lower it, though many advise trying diet, lifestyle changes & supplements first. However, cholesterol is not the main cause of heart disease-inflammation is! half of those who die from heart disease have "normal" chol. While many with high chol. Never get heart disease. Some subtypes of chol. Are much worse than others. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can our bodies need to get cholesterol from our diets?

Can our bodies need to get cholesterol from our diets?

No: No, your body can make its own cholesterol. It's not necessary to get it from our diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cholesterol need information on how to stop taking the drug rozavel?

Can you tell me about cholesterol need information on how to stop taking the drug rozavel?

How are you feeling?: Cholesterol is produced in your body and can be consumed in your diet, however medication is predominantly to combat overproduction in your body. Many people continue to have elevation of cholesterol despite rigorous changes in their diets. For this reason, I would urge you to discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about this medication and learn what level of lipid disorder you have. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

YES, FAST >12 hours: To get an accurate LDL cholesterol it is best to fast at least 12 hours. Drinking water is ok and necessary. Our office also allows 'black coffee' (no cream/sugar) hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

Blood test: By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get all cholesterol from food so as liver do not need to produce the balance 75% ?

Is it possible to get all cholesterol from food so as liver do not need to produce the  balance 75% ?

Possibly...: I don't know if you can exactly 100% of your cholesterol from dietary sources, but cholesterol synthesis in your body (liver, adrenals, intestines) is cut back when you get higher dietary amounts. ...Read more

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My bad cholesterol is 240 but good cholesterol is 89. Do I need to be on cholesterol medication?

My bad cholesterol is 240 but good cholesterol is 89. Do I need to be on cholesterol medication?

Only your doctor: Can answer your question. It depends on your risk factors for heart disease. There are other ways to reduce your risk, too, like low-saturated-fat diet, exercise, quitting smoking if you smoke, and losing weight if you're overweight. If your LDL is high your doctor may recommend medication as well. ...Read more

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