• marlene marlene
    April 10, 2012
    i was just told that my cholesterol is 233 is that high and should i be on medication. he is putting me on simvastatin20mg
    marlene marlene
    April 10, 2012


  • Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 11, 2012
    Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 11, 2012

    Hi Marlene,

    Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:


    Total cholesterol less than 200
    HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60
    LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100
    Triglycerides less than 150


    A total cholesterol of 233 is elevated. However, look at your lab results to see what is elevated - LDL? Triglycerides?


    You can lower levels with diet/lifestyle changes and potentially avoid medication. Which component is high helps determine what diet changes will have the greatest impact.


    Your Checklist to Lower Cholesterol


    If the only option discussed with your doctor was medication, consider contacting him/her to discuss whether or not your could make diet/lifestyle changes over the next 4-6 weeks and have your levels retested prior to determining if the medication is the best choice.


    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps


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