Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    How long does it take to change your cholesterol numbers
    njsjcf posted:
    HOW QUICKLY SHOULD A PATIENT EXPECT TO SEE A CHANGE IN CHOLESTEROL NUMBERS AFTER A DRASTIC CHANGE IN DIET? hE WAS EATING EXTREMELY HIGH FAT, LOW CARB ATKINS TYPE DIET AT APROX. 2200 CAL. PER DAY. AND SWITCHED TO AN AVERAGE 1600 CAl. and 20 to 22% fat contentafter a recent heart attack. Three weeks after this drastic change LDL has actually increased from 121 to 125 HDL has decreased from 55 to 39 and total is about the same at 180. Does it just take more time, or what?
    CardiostarUSA1 responded:

    How quickly should a patient expect to see....../Does it just take more time, or what?"

    Good generalized (noting that everyone is different) info for the masses -


    Quiz: Do You Know How to Lower Your Cholesterol?

    How long does it take for a healthy diet to lower cholesterol?

    Quiz results:

    The correct answer is: 3 months

    Usually, doctors suggest patients try a cholesterol-lowering diet alone for about three months. If, after three months, your LDL cholesterol is still high, you may need to do more. Your doctor may recommend more therapeutic lifestyle changes (called TLC) as your next step. TLC includes three parts: a cholesterol-lowering diet, regular physical activity, and weight management. Your doctor may also recommend cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins, fibrates, or other medication.



    Health Topics

    Risk Factors for Heart Disease: Frequently Asked Questions

    William Haynes, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

    Q & A

    How long does it take to lower your cholesterol once you change your diet? Weeks? Months?

    It usually takes 2-4 weeks for a change in diet to start to influence cholesterol levels. However, the full effect of a change in diet may not be seen for up to 3 months.

    Take good care,




    Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke

    Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors for atherosclerosis (typically affecting the coronary, carotid, and peripheral arteries), which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction, or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor) , smoking (includes secondhand), inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), high LDL, high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against coronary artery disease), high homocysteine, and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).

    _ . _

    Heart-Healthy Foods

    It's never too late to start

    Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. Limit servings to five to seven ounces a day. Trim visible fat. Limit egg yolks. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. Use less salt and fat. Season with herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter.

    Helpful Tips

    potassium levels
    talk to your physician and check your meds on WebMD -- some med combinations either deplete or increase potassium levels in your ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

    Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center