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[QUOTE=index.html]Sorry, Jennita, but a couple of your points aren't quite accurate. Lifestyle is definitely a contributor to high cholesterol but genetics is a large factor (and [I]possibly[/I] the largest factor). If you parents had it, there is a good chance that you will, too. While exercise and good diet can significantly reduce cholesterol (generally about 10 - 20%), for many individuals with drastically increased cholesterols, this reduction isn't anywhere close to reducing them to the "safe" level.

My mother is a good example of this. Her total cholesterol was around 500. A 10% reduction brought her down to around 450 - still double or triple the safe level. She already has significant plaque buildup in the blood vessels leading to her brain. I was 100% behind her decision to use cholesterol-lowering medication. I want my mother around for as long as possible!!! If it pads the pocketbooks of pharmaceutical executives, so be it.[/QUOTE]

Genetics are a minor issue for most people... it's mainly lifestyle. Now you seem to be telling me your mothers' lifestyle has not been a drink, smoking, decent diet and vigorous exercise at least 4 times a week. So, if your mother is in fact one of the small percentage that is strictly genetic and it is extremely out of control (I'd say her readings are obviously that) then fine, it is probably best she take the medication.

After all, I'm not against medication/medicine/surgery where it is necessary; it's the disregard for caution in prescribing and the sometimes unscrupulous methods encouraged by drug co. based on profits/stockmarket that tee me off. You know what I mean, it's been in the news, the dishonesty for profit. Of course, for everything there are two sides, good and bad. They have developed good medications that do indeed save lives that need saving. It's not all bad, I never said that.

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