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high cholesterol in grandmother

Hi
I am a 47year old woman whose mother had a cholesterol of between 9 and 10 twenty years ago. My mother is on statins and doing well.
My cholesterol has always been around 5.4 (just above ideal)
My question is whether I should test my three sons (18, 16 and 14 years for high cholesterol)
I always supposed that as mine was OK, theirs would be too as familial hypercholesterolaemia is an autosomal dominant disorder.
Many thanks
B
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976897 tn?1379167602
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Yes I'm in hertfordshire. My Doctor didn't question my request. If there is family history then there should be no question about being checked. This is the biggest killer disease and you want your children to have a head start.
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Hi
Thanks very much indeed for both comments.
Are you in the UK?
Did your GP fund it? I'm not sure mine would, so if not, did  you go private?
Best wishes
B
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159619 tn?1538180937
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Ed is right, what could it hurt? Small changes now will pay large dividends in a few years.

Jon
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976897 tn?1379167602
I would certainly have any children over 18 checked. It could save them a lot of problems for their futures. Below 18 isn't really worth it because their hormones are all over the place and the body is almost always out of balance somewhere. I had cholesterol of 9.7 and with Lipitor it hovers around 4.2 now. I had my 18 year old son checked and his is 4.6 so he doesn't have my FH.
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