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Must I take statins if a healthy woman?
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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It Depends
Talk to your physician.
Your level of cardiovascular risk (high, moderate, or low) is the first thing to consider. Ldl-c goals vary by risk (goal < 100 if high risk, otherwise < 130). If not at goal with diet, exercise and treatment of conditions affecting LDL levels, statins may be needed. If meds are started LDL particle number (ldl-p) should be checked on treatment to judge adequacy of therapy.

In brief: It Depends
Talk to your physician.
Your level of cardiovascular risk (high, moderate, or low) is the first thing to consider. Ldl-c goals vary by risk (goal < 100 if high risk, otherwise < 130). If not at goal with diet, exercise and treatment of conditions affecting LDL levels, statins may be needed. If meds are started LDL particle number (ldl-p) should be checked on treatment to judge adequacy of therapy.
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Dr. Janet Roberto
ALso understand that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, consistent exercise, NO SMOKING and stress reduction can also provide "protection" such that the "quality" of the LDL prevents the damage vs just the treating of "Quantity" of LDL
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The drug companies are pushing it but if you don't have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, history of heart attack or stroke, or significant family history of early heart disease, then there is little reason to be on a statin.
If you eat far more veggies than meats and go out to eat rarely, that will also keep your cholesterol down. Discuss with your doctor why you need to be on it.

In brief: No
The drug companies are pushing it but if you don't have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, history of heart attack or stroke, or significant family history of early heart disease, then there is little reason to be on a statin.
If you eat far more veggies than meats and go out to eat rarely, that will also keep your cholesterol down. Discuss with your doctor why you need to be on it.
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