DNA can be behind high cholesterol that’s resistant to exercise, diet

Adam Cohen and Dr. Rod McEver

Natural cholesterol-lowering interventions include weight loss, dietary changes, and increasing physical activity.  When you've done those things and see little to no change, you're wise to suspect your issue may be inherited.

Adam’s Journal

Here’s a question from a reader:

Following an annual physical a few years ago, my doctor prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication. I’m 35, and rather than take a daily pill, I opted for lifestyle changes. I lost 60 pounds, eat a Mediterranean diet and exercise daily. Yet, at my physical last month, my cholesterol was still high. Can this be genetic? Are there risks to not taking the medication that my doctor (again) prescribed?

—Ryan Thomas, Oklahoma City

Dr. McEver Prescribes

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance our bodies need as a building block for our cells, to make certain hormones and vitamins and to digest food. Too much cholesterol can pose problems, and though we can often lower it with lifestyle changes, elevated cholesterol can have a genetic component.

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