Total Cholesterol 217, Ldl 139, Genetic, What To Do?


Asked by KimF

Total Cholesterol 217, Ldl 139, Genetic, What To Do?

I inherited high cholesterol, unfortunately my total number was 297, my LDL is 139, after starting Lipitor it has dropped to 217 but my LDL i still 139. I eat healthy, no fried foods and only consume red wine when I do drink, do not smoke, what more can I do to help get this down, I walk probably 5 miles a day, I am a manager of a retail chain so I am moving 8-10 hours a day. My doctor talked about adding Plavix, but I heard niacin, coral calcium or fish oil was good. Any suggestions? I am 53 and working in retail is stressful enough, I don't want to have a stroke. Thank you, Kim F.


Hi Kim,

Omega 3's and niacin can both be effective, but discuss all supplements with your physician. Here are a few posts I recommend you review:

Your Checklist to Lower Cholesterol
Top 5 Omega-3 Sources to Lower Cholesterol
Niacin: Myths and Facts

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN