2 doctors weighed in:

Do some people with high cholesterol live normal lives, or do they all die young from clogged arteries?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Depends

Cholesterol only accounts for one part of heart disease and there are patients who have high cholesterol who have not had premature death.
The most important part of high cholesterol is understanding that you have to eat better, exercise and take supplements or medications. Eat lean protein, more plants (7-9 servings/day), good fats, whole grains and avoid refined sugars.

In brief: Depends

Cholesterol only accounts for one part of heart disease and there are patients who have high cholesterol who have not had premature death.
The most important part of high cholesterol is understanding that you have to eat better, exercise and take supplements or medications. Eat lean protein, more plants (7-9 servings/day), good fats, whole grains and avoid refined sugars.
Dr. Seema Patel
Dr. Seema Patel
Thank
Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Normal

High cholesterol is only one risk factor. Smoking, diabetes, hypertension, genetics, and age are other factors.
Since there's nothing that can be done for the last two, excellent control of the first 4 is crucial. All cholesterol can be lowered, even if not normalized. I've seen many pts >80 yo with high cholesterol. Good life style with normal weight and healthy diet can mitigate hi cholesterol.

In brief: Normal

High cholesterol is only one risk factor. Smoking, diabetes, hypertension, genetics, and age are other factors.
Since there's nothing that can be done for the last two, excellent control of the first 4 is crucial. All cholesterol can be lowered, even if not normalized. I've seen many pts >80 yo with high cholesterol. Good life style with normal weight and healthy diet can mitigate hi cholesterol.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors