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Were you fasting at least 8 hours when you had the blood work done? What did you eat the day before? Both things can artificially elevate your cholesterol. You might want to request a second test before you start on medication - especially if you exercise, don't smoke, and have no family history. Doesn't mean you can't have high cholesterol but going on meds is a life-long proposition. Once you start taking the meds it's good to stay on them. Good luck.

Posted by IL#2 at August 19, 2005 10:23 PM

I don't know if I buy in to the cholesterol level thing. I think the level is set artifically low. If you're eating a balanced diet, getting proper excecise, living a healthy lifestyle, and have no precipitating medical factors such as diabetes, then you shouldn't have to worry about it. The only problem is the insurance companies have these cookie-cutter profiles that everybody has to fit to get coverage. I'm convinced that trying to fit the profile is worse for your health than simply doing what's right for your body.

Posted by greg at August 24, 2005 06:25 PM

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