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My doctor recently prescribed a statin for me because of my

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My doctor recently prescribed a statin for me because of my high cholesterol (288). I want to lose weight but have a thyroid condition for which I take Synthroid. I am taking an online Masters course and do not have the time to exercise that I used to have. Will losing weight help with my cholesterol? What would you recommend? My good cholesterol was higher when I was exercising more regularly (106 down to 78).
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Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 month ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

High cholesterol especially LDL is often genetically determined.

Due to the poor clearance of the bad cholesterol from the body, it results in high level.

Yes exercise and weight loss will definitely help to lower cholesterol.

Diet is also vital part as well.

Low saturated high fiber based diet is helpful.

As per current recommendations, your risk of heart disease is considered low still.

Hence as long as your LDL is below 190 mg/dl, you do not need statin.
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