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high cholesterol

My cholesterol is 250 & I have to go to the Dr. in April to get it checked again! I saw over the counter pills for lowering cholesterol,  do these work or is there something else I can take? I am a 64 yrs old woman, 5'3" & 138 lbs. I exercise on the Wii fit at least 30 min. a day!
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Having an elevated cholesterol must be interpreted in the context of several things - including whether this was a fasting lipid profile that was drawn, what your other labs showed (LDL, HDL, triglycerides, etc), other medical co-morbidities, and if you have previously been treated.  The first step is often lifestyle modification which includes a healthy (low fat, low salt diet) and regular cardiovascular exercise.  If this is not succesful following a reasonable attempt, it may be suggested to start some medications - but only at the direction of your physician.  This should never be done independently due to potential side effects and/or appropriate indications.
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