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How Does Having an LDL Between 160 and 189 Affect My Treatment?

I don't have coronary heart disease or diabetes. My LDL - known as bad cholesterol - is 160 to 189 mg/dL. I have only one or no other risk factors of heart disease.

Likely Treatment: Your doctor will likely recommend that you make changes to your lifestyle. These are called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, in the May 2001 National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines. TLC includes getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet. You will need to follow a diet low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. You will also need to lose weight if you are overweight. After 3 months, you may be able to keep your cholesterol below 160 mg/dL by following TLC alone. If so, great! Continue what you've been doing to bring your cholesterol levels down. If not, your doctor may prescribe medicine to reduce your levels further.