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Suggest treatment for high cholesterol levels

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Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017
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I am a 48 year old menopausal mom with two kids, one disable - so I am a primary caregiver/parent. I have had borderline high cholesterol for several years and been told by eye docs for at least 15 years that I've had cholesterol deposits they can see in my eyes. My father had a stroke and dementia. No other history I am aware of. Recently, when I had a routine eccocardiogram for history of mild mitral valve prolapse, my doc checked my CRP and Lipoprotein(a) for first time ever. The CRP was 1.52 (I've been recovering from a bone bruise and other swelling in my right foot metatarsals), and my Lipoprotein(a) was 173. CRP was .5 in 2015. My doc is contemplating statin or niacin w/aspirin therapy, but I am not thrilled with either side effects. I am contemplating dietary changes and supplements such as Vit E, C, and CoQ10, and fish oil instead? My recent cholesterol tests were HDL - 69 and LDL 143. Total number was 224. There is alot of confusing information on how to treat. My weight is 145 lbs., 5'10" and otherwise healthy. Just regular muscle aches and pains from handling a disabled child. I excercise at least 3 days per week, but with my foot injury - not much lately. Any advice, please!
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Answered by Dr. Soumya (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Medicine not required

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concerns.

Most effective way to reduce cholesterol and it's associated effects is to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Goal is to lose some weight and maintain healthy diet which has almost zero cholesterol and Sugar.

Avoid oil and Sugar as much as possible and continue with exercise.

I dint think you need medicines. Medicines alone won't help much.

Let me know if you need anymore help.

Regards
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Brief Answer: Medicine not required Detailed Answer: Hi, I understand your concerns. Most effective way to reduce cholesterol and it's associated effects is to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Goal is to lose some weight and maintain healthy diet which has almost zero cholesterol and Sugar. Avoid oil and Sugar as much as possible and continue with exercise. I dint think you need medicines. Medicines alone won't help much. Let me know if you need anymore help. Regards