Ask the Doctors: Statin and Cholesterol; Medication Safety


My doctor put me on a statin. Should I worry about how much cholesterol I eat?

Cholesterol levels are determined by two sources: About 25% comes from the food we eat, and about 75% is made in the liver and determined by our genes. So, about three-fourths of the cholesterol in our blood is not affected by what we eat. There may be exceptions among so-called “hyper-responders” in whom dietary cholesterol has a more significant impact on blood cholesterol levels.

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