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Atorva statin prescribed for high cholesterol. Can I lower cholesterol by diet and exercise?

i have high cholestrol and cardiologist prescribed atorva statin 20 mg but i get scared to start taking because once started one should take life time which i dont want to commit to take medicine for life time . whereas my physician says u may take Stator tablets 20 mg for six months and then stop. Offcourse i do exercise daily have diet food . So what is the best solution ?
Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Hi,
First of all I would like to know how high is your cholesterol level..Any family history?
If it is borderline high, then exercise and diet alone can control. That may take more than six months.
If you have been prescribed with 20 mg statin, I understand that cholesterol level is too high. It is not mandatory to take tablet for life long. Once the level comes down, you can maintain with diet control and exercise.
Take for six months and repeat cholesterol level.
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