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High Cholesterol

Hello there I just got back from my doctor and I'm studying these blood tests that were taken for me.. My cholesterol total was 9.21  MMOL/L .  My triglycerides were 3.17 HDL-cholesterol 1.32 and LDL-cholesterol 6.45.

My question is this I want to start a pretty extensive diet and exercise program but I don't want to take the medication my doctor says I should definitely take the medication how bad are these results? Can I do it on a great diet and exercise programs.The reason why don't want to try medications cause I'm concerned about side effects and getting hooked on them.

Thanks

Mario
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Thanks for your question.  Your LDL (bad cholesterol) is pretty high.  Your HDL (good cholesterol) is in the normal range.  Usually diet and exercise is the best first place to start, but with an LDL this high I would probably recommend starting a cholesterol lowering medication as well, such as a statin (e.g. atorvastatin, simvastatin).  All medications have potential side effects, but the statins are relatively well tolerated by most people and your doctor should be watching for any dangerous side effects (which are rare).  Aggressive diet and exercise is a must regardless of whether you decide to take the medication.  Best of luck.
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Thanks for your answer regarding LDL levels.  I will discuss your suggestions with my doctor.  I notice that these medications adversely affect the liver so my concern is that over time that could pose a problem with my liver. How long should I be expected to  take this medication or once you start are you on these medications for life?
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Based on a few opinions including the advice I got here I got started on TEVA-ROSUVASTATIN 20MG TABLET.  1 per day was the prescribed amount.  I was tempted to cut the tablets in half but instead went with the doctor's recommendation.  Hopefully the side effects won't be too bad.
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