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Can I lower my cholesterol just by diet and exercise?

Can I lower my cholesterol just by diet and exercise? or I should go for medication? I am 23 year old guy and I got my cholesterol high thorugh tests myLDL is around 150 and I dont know abt other two counts. Since I knew this i started doing exercise almost 1hr/day everyday and i change my diet to non fat diet and add a lot of fibres so can i just follow these things and reduce my cholesterol or I should go for some medication?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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It seems like your doing all the right stuff that my doctor told me to do, although, be careful on the "no-fat" diet. You can get yourself into a great pickle if you aren't careful. Your body DOES require a small amount of essential oils to actually lower you lipid count. I'm referring to the so-called "good" oils. Vegetable oils (olive oil is good) and Omega 3's. I was told to take at least 4 grams of Fish Oil per day, (2 grams in the morning and 2 at night). You can buy fish oil anywhere, Walmart, Target, etc...). Sometimes, though, your high lipid count may be due to heredity. If it runs in your family, there may be no other option than to take medication. I've been taking LOPID for over three (3) years now with no side effects and my lipid levels are well within the normal range. My total cholesterol started out at 290, and is now 165. The good new is that if you really try, it can be brought under control but you may have to take a pill or two. Good Luck !!!
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