How can genetically determined high cholesterol be treated?
Genetically determined cholesterol elevation also responds to low fat diet, exercise and medicines like statins. Some may need a special procedure like dialysis known as LDL apheresis. Genetically determined very high cholesterol levels are seen homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, in which the levels may be as high as 1000 mg / dl. Those who do not respond well to treatment may very rarely need liver transplantation as the last resort.
Hypercholesterolemia: Increased levels of cholesterol in the blood
Familial: Running in families
LDL: Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (the so called ‘bad cholesterol’).