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I don't really have any suggestions as I'm learning as well.

My 54 year-old brother was tested 7 or 8 years ago and was told the same thing. (I don't remember what his levels were.) The doctor prescribed Lipitor too, and it brought all of his levels down to normal. (I think they were similar to yours.) He was told his is hereditary as well.

It's good that you're having yourself checked. My mother never went to the doctor for the past 30 years (too afraid she might hear bad news, how irrational is that?) and she had a major stroke 5 years ago (she's 80.) She can't walk, talk, or do anything for herself. Guess what? She had the stroke because she had high cholesterol and high blood pressure, both of which could have been remedied had she taken proper medication (she wouldn't even take aspirin.)

Anyway, because of this, I have myself checked as well, and my dr. recently prescribed Tricor for me as my triglycerides are 308. I want to get them down so here I am, reading boards.

Your setting a good example for your family, by watching your health. :)
ATR,

Your numbers are clearly too high - stay on the Lipitor...

My advice would be to also cut-back on saturated fats, avoid trans-fats at all costs (any food with 'hydrogenated' or 'partially-hydrogenated' in the ingredient list), and limit the white starchy foods (potatoes, bread, white rice), and keep sugar to an absolute minimum. Consume alcohol in moderation - but a glass of red wine a day may actually help your cholesterol levels.

Eat more foods high in fiber, and low on the glycemic index. Avoid foods containing cholesterol.

However, your doctor is right - for many high cholesterol is hereditary and may be hard to manage with diet and excercise alone.

Some supplements to consider:

CoQ10 - 100mg/day. This may prevent any problems with muscle-pain or weakness while on statins.

Vitamin-C (1000-2000mg/day) to avoid LDL from becoming oxidized, since oxidized LDL is most drawn into plaques.

Folic Acid - 800mcg/day - to reduce homocystein levels, a marker for inflammation. I'm of the school that believes that chronic low-level inflammation and the resulting inflammatory response are more important that cholesterol levels...

A baby aspirin a day - to further reduce inflammation, and to also thin the blood.

Cholestoff - this is a plant sterol/stanol product that works well if you take 2 tablets 1/2 hour before a fatty meal... It helps prevent absorption of cholesterol in the intestines from the foods you eat.

Your triglycerides are a little high - keeping your weight in check, and reducing your intake of carbohydrates will help lower them. They are easier to manage with diet than cholesterol.

Sweetlover - I noticed you are taking Tricor for triglycerides. If you are also taking a statin, be very careful to notice any symtpoms of sudden, unexplained and chronic muscle pain or weakness. The chances of this side-effect are magnified greatly when the 2 drugs are combined. I know this because I was on both, and within 2 months my arm muscles hurt so much that I could barely lift anything. I had profound weakness and exercise intolerance also. I started taking 100mg CoQ10 and stopped the drugs - but it took over a year for me to really recover.

HubbleRules
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