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Old 11-08-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Are cholesterol medications a good idea for borderline cholesterol levels? Your thoughts.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Are cholesterol medications a good idea for borderline cholesterol levels? Your thoughts.

You don't need to take drugs to be healthy. I wrote a topic on how I reduced my borderline high cholesterol levels significantly by changing my eating lifestyle only. Very few people commented on my thread !
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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I'm not a big fan of taking any meds unless they can't be avoided. I would sure try diet and exercise first. Good old oatmeal, lots of fiber, lower fat, and exercise should bring it down to a reasonable level. Try everything first...
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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Thanks to both of you. I am eating oatmeal every morning and walnuts. I don't really want to go the medication route.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:23 AM
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Are cholesterol medications a good idea for borderline cholesterol levels? Your thoughts.

My husband was borderline and his Doctor in FL automatically put him on medication. When we moved to TN our new Doctor took him off the medication. She told us you don't have to be on cholesterol medication if you are healthy with no other medical problems.

You can change your eating habits and I have also heard that red rice yeast is helpful(?). You might want to check into it.

If you are otherwise healthy I would stay off the medication.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:34 AM
 
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My husband was borderline and his Doctor in FL automatically put him on medication. When we moved to TN our new Doctor took him off the medication. She told us you don't have to be on cholesterol medication if you are healthy with no other medical problems.

You can change your eating habits and I have also heard that red rice yeast is helpful(?). You might want to check into it.

If you are otherwise healthy I would stay off the medication.
I have high blood pressure, also. I think that's why the doctor wants me to take it. I am going to try changing my eating habits. Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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Are cholesterol medications a good idea for borderline cholesterol levels? Your thoughts.
My thoughts are that any elevation in the cholesterol levels is an indication that there is a problem that is throwing the entire system out of stasis. A good naturopathic or holistic practitioner can review your situation and evaluate what is causing this to happen and suggest to you lifestyle changes that can assist you in bringing it down to normal levels. Drugs are never a good answer because they simply either mask the symptoms or FORCE your body to respond in a particular way, which usually causes problems in other areas. Medicine is a very poor substitute for nature's cure.

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:46 AM
 
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I have high blood pressure, also. I think that's why the doctor wants me to take it. I am going to try changing my eating habits. Thanks!
garlic capsules were very helpful to me when i had high bp. It lowered it by 20 points.

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:51 AM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:21 AM
 
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I just now ran across this article.

Study: Cholesterol drugs could help those with healthy levels - CNN.com
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