245 total cholesterol at 29??

I’m 29 years old, not overweight, do not drink or smoke, but my doctor said I have a high cholesterol of 245. Is this really high?
She put me on low-cholesterol diet, but cholesterol stayed the same. Could it be hereditery? Both my parents have heart problems. Should my doctor put me on medication to lower it?


  • Niebling

    The body makes cholesterol by itself apart from the dietary cholesterol that you ingest. A history of hypercholesterolemia in your family puts you at risk for heart disease later in life.

    It is recommended to reduce your total cholesterol below 200 and a level of 240 although acceptable is not ideal… You are at the borderline and the two important ratios must be considered: total cholesterol/ HDL and HDL/LDL …

    HDL (good cholesterol) high density lipoprotein and is successful in binding LDL (bad cholesterol), low density lipoprotein.

    See: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=14631
    and see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-ratio/AN01761

    You are probably a good candidate for medication at this point and should consult a specialist (a cardiologist) since dietary methods have failed.

    Some cholesterol drugs such as lipitor and mevacor sequester cholesterol from the food you eat, but these will may not help you.

    Other drugs referred to as statins inhibit your body’s ability to make cholesterol by inhibiting a liver enzyme called HMG Co-A reductase, thus reducing the liver’s ability to make cholesterol. This may be more appropriate for you.

    In any case, all medications have side effects and should be monitored by blood testing and consultation with your physician.

  • Pregunton

    yes thats high, if the diet doesnt work tell your doc to put you on meds(crestor,lipitor) for a while it worked for me. also excersise daily

  • the HEART of Music

    Talk to your family doctor and bring in information about your family….

    High cholesterol you have….

    you don’t need all the health problems associated with it…

    Follow the advice of your physician.

  • cyber2nd

    Yes, if you changed your diet and the cholesterol stayed the same, you need medication.

    Yes it can be hereditary.

  • sunsetladys

    yes very dangerously high.get your doctor to get you on a medicine to lower it if you can get it down on a recomended diet to lower it.
    good luck because this is serious!i have high cholestrol and congested heart failure and you don,t want to go thru this.so stop it before this happens to you.

  • hamid b


    A cholesterol of 245 in a male with family history of heart disease should not be left to diet for reduction.

    First you need to find out if you have coronary arterey disease or not. This can be done with a simple test, Heart Scan. It shows calcification in the coronary arteries, which is an indication of disease. If you have calcium, you should definately be on meds, if not, you and your doctor ought to talk seriously about cholesterol lowering medication to control your cholesterol.

    This is a serious issue and needs to be taken care of.

  • chandrasekharam b

    Blood cholesterol levels between 150 to 250mg% may be taken as normal.

  • girls just wanna have fun!!!

    yes that’s high, and yes its hereditary, this should have been check a long time ago seeing that you have a history of heart problems in the family, I also have heart disease in my family, I had a quadruple heart bypass when I was in my early 30’s–had my first cholesterol check when I was 10–because heart disease runs in my family. I would definitely check with you doctor about meds. good luck.

  • maheswari m

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  • Mindy

    yes, thats high

    Being obese increases the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. At least 4 days of exercise is necessary to maintain a good cholesterol level. Lowering bad cholesterol is very necessary for a healthy body.

    Exercises like Tai Chi and Yoga have proved to be beneficial in promoting good cholesterol in the body. Deep breathing and stretching exercises helps the blood flow to all parts of the body. Meditation helps in preventing hardening of the arteries. If proper food and exercise is maintained then the cholesterol levels could come down drastically.

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