My doctor checked cholesterol 2 days after Christmas, without fasting. My levels were high. She sent a prescription through the mail to me without even offering options. I refused to do meds without first trying other options.I wasn't willing to take chances of the medicine's side effects- liver damage. I lowered my fat intake, exercised a little more and started drinking "Tuo cha" tea (from a health food store).Six weeks later, my levels were great!