Dietary adjustments should always be part of the treatment of high cholesterol – medication may NOT be necessarily be the ideal treatment for the all people with elevated cholesterol levels.

Before advising someone to take medication, a skilled clinician (doctor or dietician) will take into account all the factors associated with heart disease. He/ she will request a lipogram but will also look at additional biochemical markers as well as physiological and clinical markers such as obesity and lifestyle, before embarking on a specific treatment regime.

A skilled dietician will prescribe dietary treatment, taking into account that some individuals may require a low fat diet, others a medium fat diet, while others may have to exclude or include specific nutrients and nutrient combinations. They will focus on all the factors that will help protect the individual against developing heart disease.