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Old 08-26-2005, 03:10 PM   #11
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My cholesterol level is only 230 but they want it lower. I cannot take Lipotor and am doing the best I can by diet and exercise. I guess I need to go in and have blood drawn again to see if it has made a difference. My family tends to have a higher cholesterol total anyway.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:13 PM   #12
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Shunka, how's your HDL (the good cholesterol)? If that number is good, you have less to be concerned about.

Some families' genetics predispose them to a high LDL number, in spite of good practices. That's not to say you shouldn't try to do something about it.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:45 PM   #13
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You know, they did not tell me what the HDL or the LDL was separately. I am going to have to find out.
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Can you take niacin? I'm not sure how much you have to take to have an effect. DH was on advicor (sp?) at first. It is a combination of niacin and a statin (like lipitor). He was OK until they had to increase the dose. One side effect of niacin is flushing. The Dr. told him to take an aspirin and that worked for the lower dose, but he could not tolerate the higher dose of niacin, but maybe taking niacin by itself would work for you.
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