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High cholesterol level

Can anyone explain how it is that cholestrol levels change over a periods of time. I understand about cholestrol but why should ones levels change from week to week and from day to day, when the same types and portions of food do not vary. I cannot understand why one day I have it at 6.3 and another day it is at 4.5.. Please help me to understand. Thank you! I eat very healthy all the time and only have the ocassional glass of wine. Does Simvastatin produce any adverse side effects that you know of?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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Though Cholesterol has a bad reputation as a cause of Heart Disease it does however perform some vital functions and is produced naturally in the Liver and we cannot do entirely without it. Diet is essential to reduce the levels but even if you excluded it completely from your diet the liver would still produce cholesterol and therefore you would always have some in your blood. The level of production in the body is variable according to requirements and therefore is not at a constant measurement. Control of high levels is best done through diet and exercise. Most western diets contain animal fats, which in turn are converted by the body into cholesterol, reduction in the animal fat intake therefore helps to lower the Cholesterol levels in the blood, but these levels are not static and do fluctuate because of the natural production by the liver.
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