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Do I need medication?

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QMy brother started statins for high cholestero­l and persuaded me that I should be tested, too. We have exactly the same result, but my doctor says I don’t need treatment. Should I ask for a second opinion? I don’t understand why my brother’s GP says he needs medication while mine says I don’t.

AWhen assessing risk linked to cholestero­l, doctors look at the ratio of total cholestero­l to good (HDL) cholestero­l. So you could have more HDL than your brother. The decision to treat is also based on gender, smoking history and blood pressure, so while you have the same level, your risks may be different, which might be why your GP didn’t prescribe medication.

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