Dr. Shokooh shares if women can lower their cholesterol with diet and exercise alone.
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Dr. Shalizeh Shokooh: Women and men have difference in the fact that they are different because women have the estrogen to protect them until menopause and so usually women have higher HDL, the good cholesterol, but as they get older they may see a drop in their HDL and the reason that we put some patients on medication for their cholesterol because high cholesterol and a no HDL and high triglycerides are risk factors for heart disease. Now if the cholesterol there is whole guideline of when one should go on medication and if their cholesterol is little bit up and it can be changed with diet and exercise, yes the first recommendation is diet and exercise, but if the number goes very high and they do have other risk factors and they have heart disease then they should be on medication per recommendations and guidelines.
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