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Liver problem
Oct 10, 2005

Dear Dr.

Do cholesterol levels represent how well the liver is? I've heard an oriental medicine doctor on the radio said when the is liver is not well, it cannot filter the cholesterols that enter the body then that's why the choleterol levels are high. Please help me understand. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Good question! Actually the liver does process cholesterol and uses it to manufacture lots of things. However, people with severe liver disease have trouble making cholesterol and their cholesterol levels are low. People with high sugar and cholesterol may have fatty livers for a time, but when the livers become cirrhotic,the cholesterol goes down! DTD



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