Is there anything OTC I can get for high cholesterol? I'm a vegetarian and don't use fish oil.

One option. Red yeast rice naturally contains lovastatin. Naive people who think "synthetic is bad" can use this very effective cholesterol-lowering agent and imagine it's superior "because it's natural." Vegetarianism is only a mild help in managing lipid and when you control for everything, really doesn't protect against heart disease or much else. Especially, Rx yourself some good aerobic exercise.

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Should I be taking medication for high cholesterol (243) or try exercise and fish oil for 6 months first?

Depends on profile. If your HDL is very high within that 243, you may be able to get away with diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation for a while. If your HDL is low, then you'd probably need medication as your LDL and triglyerides are probably too high. We need the profile to be sure. Read more...

I have high cholesterol should I take fish oil pills?

Yes to fish! There have been numerous studies supporting fish oils in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and providing protection to blood vessels. I would have you work with your doctor to asses your risk, other health issues that might be positively impacted, and follow your cholesterol while taking it Eating food sources (wild salmon, sardines, walnuts, etc) is also valuable. Read more...

Why has taking daily fish oil not lowered hereditary high cholesterol? Is it because the high cholesterol is hereditary?

Not the right. treatment. Fish oil may help with high triglycerides but not with cholesterol. If you have hereditary hypercholesterolemia, please consult a cardiologist to safe guard your health. If is not a do it yourself matter. Read more...

I have borderline high cholesterol. Can it be lowered by taking fish oil capsules with Omega 3?

Maybe. All depends on your lipid profile. A skilled Internist should be able to guide you well. Omega-3-FA can help reduce trigylcerides very well, and has more modest effects on cholesterol itself. Focus on DHA and EPA amounts (on back of bottle), and ignore the size of the capsule itself. Total DHA+EPA close to 3000mg seems to be most helpful. Cannot take with some blood thinners. Read more...
Not neccessarily. Omega 3 may lower your triglycerides. The Statins will have better cholesterol lowering effect. Read more...
Yes, The fish oil that contains only EPA as a dietary supplement or prescription Vascepa will lower LDL-C in addition to lowering high triglycerides. Read more...

I am 34 years old, 365 pds, I take niacin, red yeast rice and fish oil, for high cholesterol, hbp at what age should I consider a asprian regimen?

Aspirin for weight ? You are at risk for heart disease due to your weight. Yes , Aspirin should be considered for you. White willow bark is the source of aspirin. Read more...
New regimen. Stop red yeast rice, stop fish oil. Go to md. Get started on a statin medication, Crestor or Lipitor (atorvastatin) after first checking thyroid and liver function. After cholesterol comes under control and after you work with a nutritionist on your weight, then could consider 81 mg Aspirin per day. Read more...
Probably 50. Because of your age, your risk is still on the low side, so instead of starting aspirin, you should do your best to lose weight. I know I am not offering groundbreaking news to you, but often we discount the most important thing that we can do and look for the esoteric. A 34 year old non-diabetic, does not need to be on aspirin, you need to lose weight, no matter what length you'd have to go to. Read more...

Is it safe to take fish oil supplements to prevent high cholesterol? High cholesterol runs in my family. I don't have it yet, but I was considering taking fish oil pills to reduce my chances of developing high cholesterol. Is this a good idea? .

Generally . Generally fishoils at high doses of 2000-4000 mg per day can lower your triglycerides, but do not really decrease your bad cholesterol nor increase your good cholesterol. You should consult with your doctor. See my guide on taking statins. Read more...
In . In general, at conventional doses, fish oil supplements will not reduce your cholesterol level. However, they reduce your risk of a future heart attack or dangerous heart rhythm. You should discuss these issues with your family doctor. Read more...
Not really. Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile. Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman". Read more...
Yes, but. Fish oil is used frequently to raise good cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides. Side effects include easy bruising and bad "fishy" breath. While i used fish oil regularly, a recent trial did not show much benefit to using fish oil. Bottom line: consider multiple approaches, not just fish oil to lower your numbers. Read more...